Monday 25 June 2018

Day 77 World Cup Fever and a Short Walk

June 16th, 2018

Cold first thing with frost, sunny but double jumper day.

Peru play Denmark in the World Cup today and I am as hopeful as the Peruvians, who have been obsessed over their country being at the event being held in Russia this year. I go for a walk around the fields between the village pf Ollantaytambo and the Urubamba river hoping to find a Green-tailed Trainbearer, a lovely sort of hummingbird but fail to do so.

Into the village square I find a cafe with a large flatscreen TV and sit with Peruvians, Canadians and two Swiss girls as the match begins. The noise level in the cafe rises and the excitement level is high. We all want Peru to do well.

Penalty to Peru! The referee uses the new Video Assistance Referee to confirm that the Peruvian player was tripped.

Vamos Peru!

The poor young Peruvian player blasts it over the bar!

0 – 0 at half time, the player who missed the penalty is comforted by team mates as he cries his way off the pitch. Peru have played well but have wasted chances by snatching at the ball in great positions.
Second half. Denmark score. Peru don't and the match ends 1 – 0 to Denmark. Resignation from the Peruvians in the cafe but I tell them that they were lucky in my humble opinion.

Sky Sports report :-

Denmark took advantage of some sloppy Peru finishing - including a missed penalty - to win their opening World Cup Group C clash 1-0.
Yussuf Poulsen got the decisive goal (59) but Peru only had themselves to blame as they squandered a plethora of chances, most notably when Christian Cueva blazed over a first-half penalty, which was awarded after a VAR review.
The disciplined Danes were also indebted to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who made six saves and now hasn't conceded a goal in international football for 534 minutes.

Leaving the cafe, after a lovely spaghetti bolognese, I walk around to the village football stadium and watch a ladies match for half an hour or so. Some of the players are quite good, others not so but there is a crowd of a couple of hundred who are enjoying the match.

I spend the afternoon going up the valley to the east in the sunshine. There is a breeze of cold air coming down it but the views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains are beautiful. No new birds but good views of Red-crested Cotinga and Green & White Hummingbird amongst others.

Green Year list : 274 birds average new birds to list per day : 3.62 birds

altitude : 9,321 feet

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