Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Italy 1, Australia heartbreak














The Age

The gods of football turned their face against Australia today. The only thing harder than watching the Soccerroos' World Cup bid ended by a controversial penalty kick in the last 30 seconds of overtime is doing so at 3am (Melbourne time) in an inner-city pub surrounded by stunned supporters. We didn't talk much as we left.

I'm not the type to give the ref advice, but surely the right response to such an ambiguous foul would have been to let the teams duke it out in extra time, rather than virtually handing the game to Italy on a plate. A trip's not a trip for penalty purposes when the fouled player falls over someone already on the ground...

1 comment:

John Lee said...

Tim Colebatch gives some persective in today's Age, as does Road to Surfdom.

Only fair to point out that Materazzi's red card can be questioned too. But you know what they say about two wrongs...