Thursday, June 22, 2006

Australia vs Croatia

0' I am at Ben's house watching with a whole crew of Australians. Not a Croatian in sight. The players have just entered the stadium and the anthems are just about to play. Very lucky to be here in fact after the atrocious traffic from Tel Aviv due to that concert.

2' Croatia score their first goal of the tournament and it only took two minutes. A Srna thunderbolt of a free kick. Not a great start.

6' Australia go forward for the first time and possibly should have been awarded a penalty. Viduka crash tackled in the box. Not the best of starts. The team doesn't look fluid at all and has trouble stringing passes together. Clearly the occasion is getting to them.

10' They're starting to get into the game a bit more now except breaking down just before the final mass. If there is any plus to allowing an early goal it's that it allows them more time to get back into it. The game though is being played at a frantic pace doubt they can maintain it.

17' Getting some shots on goal now but nothing that is even forcing the goalkeeper to save.

20' Viduka is totally down on confidence and isn't shooting. Dishing off these silly passes instead of having a crack.

29' Australia have their best shot of the game. The set pieces are atrocious though.

38' Penalty to Australia for handball.

39' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL to Australia. Moore takes it and blasts truly.

41' Just four minutes to go before half time and want to hold them out now. Croatia haven't had a shot on goal since the free kick. But lets get a few more goals ourself.

Half Time - So far we are ok. Croatia are definitely far more aggressive since we scored. 1-1 is a fair result but we are a bit suspect at the back, vulnerable to set pieces and not sure about Kalac being in goal.

Just a word about the surrounds. We are in the Ben Green palatial bachelor pad. There are some fellow bloggers here.

48' Here we are just 45 minutes away from glory. Spotted in the crowd was the great Michal Platini. Is a great atmosphere with expert commentary provided by Ben and un-expert commentary provided by Avi Unterman.

56' Croatia score again via another goalkeeping gaffe by Kalac. Not good.

64' We are banging away now. Aloisi on for Grella. Let's get ourselves an equaliser here...

71' Harry had a great chance but kicked it straight at the keeper. Then they try a pushover try but the forward pack didn't do it far enough.

75'Handball by Croatia again but referee misses it!

79' GGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! 2-2 Australia and Harry Kewell scores but we have taken off all our defenders for attackers. 10 minutes to hold out!!!!!!!!!

84' Croatia get a guy sent off for a second yellow. Great news!!

86' Now Australia get a guy sent off!! Terrible news..

90' Now just injury time to go and Croatia get another guy sent off. Great news.

90+2' One minute to go.... Let's do it boys!!



Blogger exsemgirl said...

When do you find time to watch the game??

Think Australia can still equalise?

11:38 PM  
Blogger exsemgirl said...

Now one more!

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come Mrs doesn't get a mention?

12:05 AM  
Blogger ~M~ Down Under said...

Anyone gona argue with that? ;-)

Exsem..-we MAKE time to watch it. ;-)

12:34 AM  
Blogger tafka PP said...

Clicked on especially to check for a victory post!

1:13 AM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...


2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Australia should have scored two more goals - for each of the penalties they were entitled to and were deprived of.
The Mark Viduka tackle was a shandeh and the referee must have been blind not to have seen the handball in the second half.

Why wasn't Schwartzer playing

5:05 AM  
Blogger Wisey said...

Sydney has had an amazing atmosphere today. Once we won, at the place where I was watching the game, they poured champagne over us. Not bad.

I'll be writing a blog soon about how as soon as Australia wins something on the world stage, all of a sudden random irritating people are your friend if you're wearing the green and gold.

8:42 AM  
Blogger ~M~ Down Under said...

Wisey - As a fellow sydney-sider and Aussie, i agree with you.
But as long as the whole (or most of) the country is "together" on this, i'm happy. I haven't heard of any racial issues concerning the world cup, in Australia (yet). :P
Shabbat shalom.

9:46 AM  
Blogger exsemgirl said...

Have you seen this???
The guys performance was horrendous. Finally something getting done!

4:05 PM  
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