I was among the very dedicated, proud Iraqis fortunate enough to watch this game.
I think the overall tone of this game was partially conservative on Korea's part, they had alot getting back to defend, and though very nearly, they never failed that mission. there attacking department was, though not as succesfull, good, they had some excellent chances, the main trend of their attack was coming in from the wings and relying on the foreheads to add the points on the scoreboard. overall the team had an excellent game, and seemed to never show signs of fatigue.
Iraq on the otherhand had several very very close chances, had they taken these, it would have been atleast 3 on the scoreboard. The defending was excellent, the two R.Carlos's where truly fenominal. and Sabri i think had a reasonably easy night as far as the match time is concered, i rate him highly, souly for his GK abilities, and definatly not for his acting! :smileani: the attack had some superb chances to finish the game early, but i guess it was not meant to be.
90mins were not enough to settle the outcome, so two 15min extra halves were installed. this failed to guide a winner into the final, so PK's where the only way to do so.
Korea taking the first shot, did well, putting pressure on the Iraqis, sadly for them Iraq responded. it was the 4th kick that brought along drama. as Sabri lept to the right to shield the ball from the net. sending huge huge hopes to all Iraqi players and fans. after that shot, normal busieness resumed as far as Iraq where concerned. it reached the 5th shot, and there was unaccountable pressure on Korea, as the shot HAD to be put in the back net. Unfortunatly for all Koreans, the ball decided to take a smack into the bottom (goalie) right post, leaving the Iraqis extatic with their historic win.
Lets hope we go all the way guys.
and thanks Korea for a truly amazing game.
Il yom yomak ya Iraqi
Allah ma3akum ya shabab!
I have played with many defenders, like Thuram, Cannavaro, Pique, Puyol, I have played with many fantastic central defenders, but this player is like all of them put together. - Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thiago Silva