AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!!!
OI!! OI!! OI!!
When I got home I decided I would watch the second half of the match which had been taped for me rather than waiting for the replay of the game starting at 11.45 (meaning I wouldn't get to sleep till 2... meaning I wouldn't be at work 2moro... meaning I would have my ass handed to me... I made the values based decision) My highlight of the match, believe this or not, was a courageous save made by the Croatian Keeper Pletikosa. There was a cross in to the goal line which Kewell and another Aussie (might have been Viduka) were waiting for and they both went for it as did Pletikosa who caught the ball and Kewells boot on his chest (no malice involved in this, I'd have been ashamed if Kewell had not gone for it but going for it meant the likelyhood of fouling the keeper) and they all went down in a heap right on the line!! Pletikosa managed to hold the ball and actually keep it from crossing the line!! The guts and strength involved were phenomenal and then the players all got up and hugged before moving off, no arguments, just great football and amazing sportsmanship: That's what I like to see!!
*I am also aware that that moment may have been a crushing one for me had Australia lost rather than a highlight.
There was no small amount of drama through the game, Australia were denied a blatant penalty in the last minutes when a Croatian player handballed a cross away from an Australian header and another Croatian player managed to earn himself a record 3 yellow cards before being sent off!! Thankfully it all ended well and now we are through to play Italy in the final 16...
Bring It ON!!!