Four teams, three continents, two venues.
The MCG should never be used for the beautiful game, for a start with the best will in the world it is a struggle to call it that when Australia play New Zealand. All the ugliness last night was delivered by the ockers. Filthy flying boots was the only answer to a complete dominance by NZ in the first half and but for the fickle finger of fate they could have been 3 up. The game ended with a last touch goal to the home side allowing them some much needed face saving.
On the other side of the world the game was again dominated by the Australians. On the site of what was once the greatest temple to football the world has ever seen the Australians managed to pick the pockets of the English and deliver them what is a fantastic but soulless stadium and it surrounds a pitch that will end careers.
England won well , the coach mouthed the usual faux grumbles about the boys not trying hard enough but I think he will be reasonably pleased with a solid 90 minute performance, Rooney got through the full game with nothing more than a sore neck, an ailment that is completely understandable when you take into consideration the giant potato of a head that his neck is forced to support.
The all Whites aquitted themselves well last night, if they can put 90 (or 93) minutes in then they may well embarass their betters over the next few weeks.
The excitement is building....
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