Russia 4 Czech Republic 1
We weren’t surprised the Russians looked so ruthless.
With great panache they put their goals away.
We were not shocked the Czechs looked old and toothless –
sure Baros must be eighty, if a day.
Everyone predicted goals would spring forth
and that the Czechs would get cut down to size.
What goals the Russian system caused to bring forth!
And nobody was taken by surprise.
Yet one fact drew some disbelieving whistles
and absolutely threw us off our guard.
We thought that there’d be booking and dismissals,
yet Howard Webb did not produce one card.