Maybe it was just the food coma from the Easter Sunday brunch, but it was a mighty struggle to stay awake, engaged, and even remotely interested in the football that Romania and Spain were attempting to put on Sunday night in Cluj-Napoca.
I once visited the city of Cluj (i.e. Kolozsvár in Hungarian) and gazed upon the statue of Matthias Corvinus, one of the most famous and beloved Hungarian kings in history (though perhaps not so much at the time, when he often levied huge taxes on his subjects to wage all his wars). His legend endures in folk tales and the like, which emphasize his sense of justice (Matthias the Just) and his tendency to supposedly wander amongst the common folk in disguise.
MATHIAS REX! pic.twitter.com/U4DCS50N— せみ (@semimarun) August 6, 2012
I'm not sure how all that relates to the 0-0 draw between Romania and Spain, but the less said about that, the better. Pedro got the start, unlike against Italy, and had a couple decent shots. Fábregas got about 30 minutes off the bench, making very little impact though perhaps he could've been awarded a penalty towards the end. Azpilicueta was not involved.
Earlier in the day, Baba Rahman's Ghana also disappointed with a 0-0 draw against unfancied Mozambique. Several reports claimed decent things for Baba going forward, but at least one also pointed out that Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp had to often help back and cover on the defensive end of things. Sounds about right.
Elsewhere, Kasey Palmer scored for the second game running for England U20, but they ended up losing 2-1 to Canada U20, who were captained by center back Fikayo Tomori.