Saturday, June 17, 2006

Simply The Best

Argentina 6-0 Serbia

There's so much that I could say about this performance, and it wouldn't be enough at the same time. We've just witnessed the performance of the World Cup, eleven individuals playing the game of their lives. On this form, as I have suggested on here before, there isn't a team in the world that can match Argentina and, most significantly of all, it will strike fear into the hearts of everybody that they have to play for the remainder of the tournament.

But first, a quick word about Serbia & Montenegro, because it would be shoddy reporting on my part if I didn't mention them. They were atrocious. Absolutely terrible. They appeared to have no game-plan short of putting as many players as they could behind the ball. When Argentina scored after five minutes, there was no Plan B. They fell to pieces. When Kezman was sent off in the second half, the floodgates opened.

All of this, though would be doing the Argentinians a disservice. There were no mitigating circumstances. The excellence that Argentina had threatened during their match against the Ivory Coast shone through brilliantly. If they had been played England on this sort of some form, one dreads to think what they might have done to them. Take, for example, the second goal, which will be repeated and repeated for the remainder of the tournament. Twenty-four consecutive passes. Twenty-four! They quite simply made an international football team look like a bunch of amateurs.

Now: a little bit of perspective. Serbia were terrible. They surely won't play another team as bad as this again for the remainder of the tournament. Better teams shouldn't have this done to them. Also, the second three goals came after Serbia had been reduced to ten men. Having said that, though, we're eatching the champions here. I don't think that too many people can question that at present. Sometimes, you just have to put your prejudices to one side, stand back and applaud.


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