Adolf arose at 0130 and watched the All Whites in black play Paraquay.
I'm not an aficionado but I did play a few school boy games at the age of thirteen so anything I say must be taken as the view of an outsider.
The first half was like watching Geoffrey Boycott at the batting crease and the second half opened with Adam Gilchrist batting.
I thought there were many poor refereeing decisions, most going 'agin' the boys in black. With instant replays available so quickly, surely there must be scope for FIFA to introduce TV referees who can radio instructions to the field ref. If it's good enough for the linesman to call offside then it's good enough for the replay ref to call out some of this ridiculous diving and 'gaming' which goes on. There was one incident where a NZ player clearly was seriously fouled but the ref was blind.
And as for those bloody buzzing bees! The sooner they are banned, the better.
Well done to all the players, coaches, managers and support staff.
A fabulous effort.
July 24 in history
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