Haven’t written while!
One of my all time favourite national team Argentina had crashed out of the Copa America 2011 quarter final match against their arch rival Uruguay this morning (10am AEST) . The match was shown live in SBS (Australia).
They lost on penalties 5-4 after the game was drawn with 1-1 extra time. The player missed the penalty is another one of my favourite player Carlos Tevez (also known as Carlitos). Yes i do have a lot of favourite player in the Argentina team i.e. Riquelme, Messi etc etc.
Argentina have a dominating first half when Diego Perez (also the first goal scorer of the match) was sent off. Messi also defied its critics by providing a beautifully ball through air to allowed unmarked Higuain for a direct header and equalized.
However the second half, Argentina sit back (surprisingly) and didn’t pressed, but they have several chances which could have sealed the match. Unfortunately their lack of clinical finish jinx was carried and continue throughout the tournament.
Finally, Mascherano was given his matching order for his second yellow card, which i felt was a bit harsh considering the amount of serious physical challenges lunges on Messi by the Uruguayan players and defenders. The game then changed its intensity, however it remained scoreless.
Uruguay fight and hang on in extra time, where they also have their own chances to sealed the match. Neither team scored in extra time and enter penalties where both Forlan and Messi were successfully converted for either team. However Carlitos surprisingly missed by poorly struck kick to the keepers right and save proved fatal and the Uruguayan with a small population but massive football history are entering to another semi-final of the Copa America.
Adios Abiceleste!! I’ll cry for you!!