World cup blog post 3

Today was a busy day in Moscow for us. Our first stop was Red Square, where we tried to get into Lenin’s mausoleum. However, the queue was huge and moving very slowly, so after a short while we gave up. Nearby Manezh Square looked like it had been invaded by Danes.

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The highlight of the day was to be the evening football match, so to fill time in the absence of Lenin, we went to the Cosmonautics museum at VDNKh, which I found mildly interesting. Then lunch, after which we returned to our hotel to get the match tickets. I didn’t know that Russia had a Hockey Hall of Fame, but it turns out that it does, and as it was right next to our hotel, we popped into it for a few minutes. Here’s a picture of the hockey jersey of a certain ‘Putin, V.V.’.

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And then there was the game: Denmark v. France. What a disappointment. The large number of Danish fans provided a colourful atmosphere in the Luzhniki stadium, but before long they weren’t making a lot of noise – not because their team was losing, but simply because the game was decidedly dull. The longer it went on, the clearer it became that both teams, but particularly Denmark, were very happy with 0-0. In the last 30 minutes or so, whenever the Danes got the ball and looked set to attack, they stopped, paused, and then passed the ball sidewards or backwards. It was one of the most negative displays of football I’ve seen. It ended 0-0, satisfying the players, but leaving those watching rather dissatisfied.

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Danish fans try to find something to cheer about

Tomorrow we head off to Kaliningrad. I’ll provide an update after the England-Belgium game on the 28th.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “World cup blog post 3”

  1. Some people are saying now that the German team hit a new Löw… That their play absolutely the würst… But in reality what we have seen was the mnogokhodovochka from Merkel – now she has no reason to travel to Russia, as per earlier promise to go and cheer the team should it go to the finals. Check mate, Putin!

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    1. Haha – what about the possibility that England get to the final and Theresa May or a royal attend the final.
      The public I think would expect the country to be represented- football is more important than novicchok 😜

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