JOYOUS UPDATE from Le Cafe Marly, opposite the Pyramid at the Louvre, where I followed BBC coverage of the penalty shootout. Ha’way Paraguay – even if Maud, the Spanish waitress (really a student at the swish Science-Po happening to be doing a bit of waitressing), thinks they’ll be a pushover in the next round. My thanks to Peter Allen, who texted the Spain v Portugal score to my night train .
Sod’s law dictates that at kickoff time I’ll be inside the Louvre interviewing people about a forthcoming exhibition called Routes d’Arabie. I’d rather be watching Paraguay v Japan.
I’ll be on a train from Paris back down south later and therefore unable to post anything meaningful about a match I won’t have seen.
But in honour of red and white stripes, and of Cristian Riveros and Paulo da Silva, I must offer a spirited Ha’way Paraguay, and indeed a quick Vamos Ghana, too.
And Salut! Sunderland readers can do their bit by posting any thoughts they might have about the two remaining games of this stage. I loom forward to seeing them – always remembering that there will be a delay, for moderation, in posting any comments by newcomers (if you saw my daily diet of spam, you’d sympathise).