South Korea vs Belgium and Algeria vs Russia (Group H)

Cornwall. 26th June 2014. 21.00pm – Kick off.

A worse for wear Barbara, 96, is sat on the sofa with a flannel on her head, watching the Algeria vs Russia game with Hazel, 94.

BARBARA: We’ve already seen this.

HAZEL: What?

BARBARA: This game. We’ve seen it.

HAZEL: It’s literally just started.

BARBARA: No. We’ve seen it.

HAZEL: We haven’t, trust me.

BARBARA: They played the other day.

HAZEL: No, they played the other teams in their group the other day – South Korea and Belgium.

BARBARA: What?

HAZEL: Huh?

BARBARA: What do you mean?

HAZEL: What?

BARBARA: What do you mean, “other teams in their group”?

HAZEL: What?!

BARBARA: Hmm?

HAZEL: Are you kidding?

BARBARA: No…

HAZEL: We…

BARBARA: Other teams?

HAZEL: Yeah…

BARBARA: …

HAZEL: In their group!

BARBARA: You’ve lost me.

HAZEL: This is the last of the group games…

Barbara looks blankly.

HAZEL: I…there… there are 32 teams split across eight groups…

BARBARA: …

HAZEL: Each team in each group plays each other…

BARBARA: …

HAZEL: Top two go through.

BARBARA: Wait.

HAZEL: What?

BARBARA: There’s been (pause) 48 games?!

HAZEL: …Yes

BARBARA: We’ve seen all of them?

HAZEL: Other than a couple, yeah.

BARBARA: Seriously?

HAZEL: YES!

BARBARA: …

HAZEL: Are you OK?

BARBARA: Hazel, I’m scared.

Barbara walks upstairs to bed.

© Carl Burkitt 2014

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