Thursday, November 20, 2008

Schwarzter, Bresciano & Kennedy steal win

The Socceroos came into the match against Bahrain full of confidence. This vanished however after kick off and the Socceroos were completely out played. Bahrain had plenty of chances all game, some of them the were very unlucky to score from. Jaycee John their 23 year old Nigerian born striker was causing havoc for Schwartzer all game. The Socceroos for much of the game didn't give themselves any chances, Harry Kewell sprayed a header wide shortly after half time from a David Carney cross. Everyone thought by the 90min mark this game was going to be a lucky nil all draw for the Socceroos. But two and a half minutes into the three minutes of stoppage time a long ball was played by Schwartzer and headed on from Kennedy manage to catch the defense of guard and put Bresciano through the offside trap. Bresciano seemed to dribble slowly and hesitate as the defense and keeper was catching up on him. He calmly placed the over the keeper into the top of the net from just inside the box and celebrated the goal with his patented Spartacus celebration.

Australia was lucky this game, but they did keep Bahrain scoreless and when you do that you can win a lot more easily. What are your thoughts?

Group A P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Australia 3 3 0 0 6 0 6 9
2 Japan 3 2 1 0 7 3 4 7
3 Qatar 4 1 1 2 4 8 -4 4
4 Bahrain 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1
5 Uzbekistan 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 1


Pedro said...

Those kind of goals are fairly rare, I honestly feel sorry for Bahrain. If they outplayed us as is widely reported, we would've savored a draw.

But I agree it is the sign of good management that Australia have yet to concede in this campaign. Especially with so many different combinations in the center back pairing. It's easy to select the keeper though.

Bobas said...

with 5 games left we only need to finish in the top two to get to the world cup.

I'm trying not to get ahead of myself but this win was very very important in the large scheme of things.

Japans success is just a bonus. Having two teams do well means its more likely for one to fall out of contention.

Can you post the table up Pedro, i would but whenever i do it does this.

Bobas said...

you mustve edited my post cos the table is there now., thanks.