Friday, April 22, 2011

2011 WCP Cup Semifinals - Recap

Ireland 2, El Salvador 1 (PK) - This was a treat to watch from a technical and strategic point of view. El Salvador knew it didn't have a chance to outscore Ireland so it focused on defense from the outset. And it worked. El Salvador shut down David Brown up front and for the most part limited chances from Ireland's numerous other scoring threats. The mix-up that allowed the Ireland goal wasn't so much bad as it was expected - everyone figured Ireland would get at least one of those goals. Props to Ireland for continuously attacking and never taking its foot off the pedal. In the second half and in OT Ireland had at least six high-quality, close-range chances and just couldn't get a break and beat a red-hot El Salvador keeper.
Then shoot-outs. Jay Tomchuk had his first Ireland shot saved and I thought it was all over. But then Jonah stopped two of the next three El Salvador attempts and it was all but assured that ROI would win. That fate was sealed when Adam Rolfe missed the fifth ES shot; two feet wide. It was a great effort for El Salvador but ROI took care of business.

Laos 4, Poland 3 (OT) - So much more entertaining than the first semifinal because both teams played a high-energy and attacking style. It didn't hurt that goals came pretty often so it always seemed like Poland was playing catch-up. And to its credit, Poland always did manage to tie it up, even after one of their strikers got a red card with about 10 minutes to play in the second half. Both keepers made some great saves in this one and there were some fantastic goals from both sides as well. Laos deserved to win this one after Boun managed to pot home a bouncing ball in the box about two minutes into overtime. Considering how great Poland had played defensively all tournament - for them to lose on a goal like that was pretty surprising.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

After watching Mike Collins punch and kick his way through the Ireland El Salvador game (and stay in it to the end), it was hard to expect the Red Card that Poland player received for 2 hand pushing a Laos player in the box after he ran the Poland keeper. Bad reffing decision made it difficult to see who was the better team. It was one of Poland's best efforts of the tournament. Did Laos deserve to win? Unfortunately we will not know because of the reffing gaffe.

Anonymous said...

i hate to comment on the refs but this guy didnt know what he was doing, after giving a red to poland, he should have done the same thing to Tony, thats rite tony was the last guy and was beaten and then fouls when the guy was going one on one with the goalie and u dont give a red there? thats a missed scoring opportunity like come one gie me a break, same thing with the first game, why didnt ES get there free kick on the last play? am sure if it was Irelands he would have given it, so refs favour some teams and not others which is a shame

Anonymous said...

Reffing was horrible in the semifinals, how do these guys get these games?, a red card for a defender protecting his goalie and on top of that a PK ..wow,
In the ES game not giving the fk because the time had expired, thats just retarded, refs definitely influenced both games, such a shame from a fans point a view, cant imagine the feeling of the players

Julio said...

For the Collins comment... you can't really fault the guy. It is what it is... it was during the match and I caught him with my foot as I was clearing the ball... from the right angle it looked like I was doing my best impersonation of Nigel DeJong; that any player would have been heated after that... yet it happened but after the game Collins and I were good to go and what happens on the field stays on the field... as Ireland is comprised of many of the players on my Saskatoon squad... that we all battled and went full out... and at the end of the day they are still my fellow Gremio studs!

As for the ES freekick... yes it was shocking that the ref elected to end the game there... it makes no sense... I would understand if the free kick was at half or something, but the kick was at the edge of the box... yet Sean Riggs wasn't there for an encore that there was no guarantees that we would have scored... yet it is what it is... let's just hope that the same blunders don't happen in the final.

antonio said...

i would have to agree with the horrible reffing in the semi finals, no idea how es didnt get a free kick after it hit the roof hahaha you never end a game on a scoring chance like that, just shocking. As for the poland and laos game was shocking as well, ref lost control of the game completely. as to the person who commented first about laos deserving to win, of course they did. poland was down the whole game and managed to get back into it. there was not one call in the game were poland lost the game because of a call. the red card was a questionable call, and didnt understand the pk but doesnt matter they didnt score. and poland came to tie 3-3 when veszi was called for a shocking foul when he went up for a header that lead to the ball hitting the roof and poland scoring on the free kick. it was horrible reffing and didnt know how that guy got the game but there is no way u can say laos won cuz of the ref or poland lost cuz of the ref. ppl gotta stop complaining about shit and just play the game, and to go after the ref and the ppl that are apart of wcp is absolute embarrassing, game is over and done with, take the loss and get over it.

Anonymous said...

Antonio,

Are you drunk as hell or just stupid. Poland losing a man to a brutal call cost them the game. Let's see any team defend for 15 minutes a man down let alone scoring with a man down. If you don't think the ref cost the game then your probably blind. Everyone knows Poland should be in the final and that's that. And everyone in the facility last night knows the should be and were just in shock over the calls

Anonymous said...

Both Men's Semi finals were great games last night speaks to the talent of the players in the tournament and the passion they have for the sport and in some respects their country. As for the refs they make mistakes and always will on occasion so you have to look past that. However just to comment if the red card was given for punching or throwing the player down in the box then that is a pk. Laos and Ireland both deserve to be in the final and Poland and El Salvador are right there along side them. It is great to see more then a couple teams that can win the tournament and i'm looking forward to watching the final on Saturday.

antonio said...

anon 619... your an idiot the guy got a red car for throwing an elbow to the guy who was on the ground, thats why he got a red card so u must be blind and didnt see that part... no matter if your protecting your goalie, you still dont throw an elbow or punch the guy, like of course your going to get a red for that. the goalie didnt even get touched he said as i talked to him after the game so your a fool. and how did poland deserve to win when they were playing from behind the whole game, so you obviously dont know what ur talking about. laos had way more chances, thanks to polands keeper, which kept them in the game. and ya they scored their last goal which was on horrible call when a guy went up for a header and got called, so your an idiot. so dont complain about calls, when horrible calls were made both ways.

Anonymous said...

if the ref managed to give a red to the poland guy, why didnt he do the same on the other side when tony was the last man and was beaten but then gets only a yellow, in a real game thats a clear path foul and u would be sent off but didn't happen, so what am saying is refs favor teams and this is been happening yr after yr, same thing, mike Collins should have been off coz this tournament doesn't tolerate any fighting

Anonymous said...

Shocking fact I never elbowed anyone on the ground I tossed someone for kicking our keeper in the head after he had control of the ball. I can guarantee you never talked to him after the game as he was to busy yelling at the ref. Good try

Nolan