WC2006 Matchday #6 Awards

WC2006 Matchday #6 Awards

Post by steve » Fri, 16 Jun 2006 21:58:27


Golazo of the Day
It just has to be Spain's fourth goal against Ukraine during the
Leipzig Corrida. Spain's matador Puyol, pressing high up the pitch,
wins a tackle just inside the Ukraine half. The ball breaks forward and
Puyol performs a Zidanesque toque on a desperate Ukranian midfielder,
waltzing forward with the ball. Drawing Shelayev he flicks the ball
inside to Torres who has come short, Puyol continuing his run down the
left channel drawing the attention of the rightback Rusol. With
strength of body and purpose Torres spins off the central defender
Yezerskyi passing the ball to the waiting Fabregas. The young Cesc
spots Puyol's run and immediately chips the ball to him at the left
apex of the penalty area. Puyol removes his hat, salutes the crowd, and
plunges his estoca into the Ukranian defence by performing a perfectly
weighted headed pass into the space vacated by Yezerskyi and Rusol. The
effervescent Torres in full stride allows the ball to run across his
body before smashing a right footed shot from the edge of the area into
the bottom left corner of the net. Golazo and as all aficianados will
confirm, it's unlucky to wear yellow into the arena.

Hero of the Day
Saving Roger Lemerre's blushes, the award goes to Radhi Jaidi. In
control for much of the game Tunisia threw away their initial
advantage, mainly through poor substitutions, as Saudi Arabia took a
2-1 lead deep into injury time. Centre-half Jaidi decided to take
matters into his own hands and the man mountain lumbered up front to
join his strikers. With the ball looping high into the air on the edge
of the area from a deflection, Jaidi climbed off the floor and headed
the ball to Jaziri to the right of goal. Spurning the chance to hit a
right footed cross back, Jaziri cut inside and crossed with his left to
the six-yard box where Jaidi powered a header into the net, prompting
manic Tunisian celebrations. With time still left Saudi Arabia attacked
with vim and, with the celebrations seemingly scrambling the
concentration of the Tunisian defence, the ball broke free on the edge
of the area. For a moment it seemed one last testing shot would be
rifling in on goal as Tunisians en masse stood around watching until
Super Jaidi arrived throwing himself, his family, his pets, his house
and his kitchen sink at the shot to block the ball far downfield and
secure the point.

Villain of the Day
For me it has to be Polish coach Pawel Janas. Down to ten men as the
game entered injury time, Janas made a cardinal error in deciding to
replace Jelen Ireneusz with Pawel Brozek. The time-wasting substitution
is a fool's gambit often used by managers in the false belief that the
referee will "forget" to add on those extra seconds used up in the
players trudging on and off the pitch, allowing the team to escape to
their desired result. It's far more likely to shatter concentration and
defensive organisation as proven with the winning German goal,
shattering the cleansheet the terrific Polish keeper Artur Boruc had
worked so hard to keep.

steve d

 
 
 

WC2006 Matchday #6 Awards

Post by Victoria Barret » Sat, 17 Jun 2006 10:09:05



Quote:
>Golazo of the Day
>It just has to be Spain's fourth goal against Ukraine during the
>Leipzig Corrida.

Splendid allusion. I can feel the sangria on your breath as you write.

Quote:
>Super Jaidi arrived throwing himself, his family, his pets, his house
>and his kitchen sink at the shot to block the ball far downfield and
>secure the point.

PETA will be wanting a word with you, but I ell-oh-elled just the
same.

Quote:
>shattering the cleansheet the terrific Polish keeper Artur Boruc had
>worked so hard to keep.

But then, as a Liverpool fan, you know all about terrific Polish
keepers. Well, did.

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