Monday, June 21, 2010

Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi, Oi Oi Oi

Fantastic spectacle between New Zealand and Italy tonight. Offside goal to NZ, a dodgy penalty to Italy (where have we heard that before) and a pen not given to the All Whites when it should have been.
The tournament has been criticised for dull games but it has taken off now. The Australia game was a thriller. Harry is luckless. First game since April, should have had a penalty and then concedes one. He didn't break down in tears like Timmy, but then they're just different characters. Felt like we should have stolen a win. Luke Wilkshire was pissed off at himself for missing with the keeper to beat. He had time to chip it but hit low. Messi would have scored, but how many Messi's are there?
Chipperfield came close.I spoke to him afterwards about it. One of those where he'll be thinking about his header for the rest of his life (assuming it's the difference between going out and staying in). You just know he'll be 80 and the internal dialogue will still be there: "It was there hanging in the air, I got up well, good header, just got it slightly wrong, should have scored."
Chippers was downcast. He said "90 percent of Australia thinks I should retire. I don't see the point of going on."
We could have won but we didn't. Now what we need is not quite a miracle, but it's in the ball park.

1 comment:

  1. Chippers is SO WRONG! No way do 90% of Aussies think he should retire!! He is a total legend, an absolute mainstay of our team, should have started the Ghana match, and has more silverware than any other Socceroo - the man knows how to win - quietly, without fuss or ego or foul play. The reason he shouldn't come back to the A-League is because he is still a superstar at Basel. Then he should come back and the FFA should employ him as a roving ambassador for the game with our youth. Go Chippers!!