Sunday, April 15, 2012

Canada 4, Afghanistan 3

Great game that absolutely lived up to the hype and expectations. The final result was only decided in the finals minutes and for the rest of the game it was a back-and-forth battle. Afghanistan went up 1-0 early when Josip turned his defender in the box and played a good ball across the net that was easily blasted in. With five minutes left in the half Mike Sweeney used his head to redirect a ball into the box past a helpless Afghanistan keeper. One minute later Josip scored a beauty free kick from 30 yards out that went bottom corner. Canada tied it up right before half on a penalty kick that was awarded after a handball in the box. 2-2 at half.
Second half was a midfield battle between Jarvis and Tavis on Canada and Chico and Ryan on Afghanistan. Awesome to watch. Afghanistan hung back a bit because it was trying to hold on for the tie, but both teams had their chances. With 10 minutes left in the half Canada scored a nice header goal at the back post to take a short-lived lead. Afghanistan immediately ramped up the pressure and got a goal two minutes later when the Afghan left back cracked a shot that ripped into the top shelf. With two minutes remaining Jarvis took matters into his own hands and shot a howitzer from 30 yards out that the Afghanistan keeper had no chance of saving. There were a flurry of chances for both teams in the final minutes but Canada held on for the playoff berth. Afghanistan is out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else really happy the Afgahns are out!!! Horraaayyy no more annoying Chico and Josip hype and Summers beaking, better luck next year with your intense recruiting and scouting! and hope for an easier group.
P.S. start saving your $$ now so you can fly more people in to play group stage soccer

Group B Fan!