Australia already 2 up against Kuwait after 20'
The first half was ****ed up. Australia were two up around the five minute mark due to a combination of cliicial opportunistic finishing and schoolyard-level defending.
There was talk about the state of the pitch and truly it was awful. Rough, uneven, the ball kept bobbling in the air when the players wanted to keep it flat. They could have opted to play at a bigger stadium with a more refined pitch but the decision was made to bring it to this particular venue due to the NTs winning record there.
Fans were let in for free and they created a great atmosphere.
Just as the match started with a bang, so the half ended. Heffernan made a mistake, misjudging the bounce of the ball, then Al Enezi capitalised, running into the box to finish clinically at the far left post. Then a few minutes later a cutting through ball was produced by Mutwa which Nasser ran onto inside the penalty box. He beat our GK at the far post.
Before Australia fell apart we pressured well and didn't give them time to create much. Then when we claimed the ball the key was to keep it simple and direct.
I missed most of the second half, fell asleep. When I woke Nikita was on the pitch.
HATTRICK Sota Hiroyama
Surely he has to make it now, ILA
Him to be Japan's Joshua Kennedy?
"I was wondering. In another thread they were talking about Kennedy who was awful with his feet. He's 194, Hirayama is 190 and is much better with his feet considering his size. I was wondering why Kennedy is an international striker with a very good record for the socceroos and Hirayama doesn't even come close. any thoughts?"
lol I found this at the place that shall not be named. Btw I think this poster, AKITOD, is one of the better ones.
Well Japan don't really have a plan B, do they? Something different to call upon when in trouble. And someone like Sota, well, the opposition wouldn't be expecting such a player and tactic from this team, they're so rigid with nippy-type guys.
As for China, despite being played at home, Syria are doing well, aren't they?