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World Cup 2010: Australia vs Ghana [post match wrap up]

Wow, that was a heartbreaking night.

I was at the Pig & Whistle in the city with about seven friends.  The atmosphere was fantastic in there.  Everyone was pumped.  There were people wearing Soccerroos, Japan and the Netherland’s colours and everyone had a good feeling about the night ahead.

Hope not yet crushed

Then, rather surprisingly, England beat Australia in the rugby 21-20.  A little bit unexpected but that was okay, I guess.

Then the Netherlands beat Japan 1-0.  A disappointment but not the end of the world since Japan beat Cameroon and have a favourable goal difference against Denmark, so it still wasn’t looking too bad.

Then when Australia and Ghana came out for the national anthems, we saw the ref was Italian.  Surely he would call things right down the middle?

Then after ten minutes, Brett Holman fired home a goal from close range.  We were all:


At that point, we had put the disappointment of the Germany game behind us and we looked to be gaining the momentum we needed to progress through to the next round.

What could possibly go wrong?

FOILED AGAIN by those goddamned Italians with a dodgy red card for Harry Kewell which killed the game for Australia.  The game ended 1-1 and effectively ended the Soccerroos World Cup campaign.

That night I was haunted by dreams of ROFLing Italians.

Football is a cruel sport.


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Edo currently lives in Australia where he spends his time playing video games and enjoying his wife's cooking.


  1. Crunching Tackles

    Australia defeated on home soil

  2. Apparently both Genia and Ioane got injured for the Wallabies too 🙁

    It didn’t help that Giteau kicked like shit and missed one from right in front in the last ten minutes.

  3. Giteau’s miss was a shocker – then Wilkinson missed a sitter as well so didnt make it look too bad. Was a one point win, but we will take that and felt the last ten minutes England looked like they wanted it more. Exciting test to watch. Big improvement with ball in hand after the first test which England only looking good in the scrum.

    Autumn test series in November sees England play the Tri Nations which will really show how they measure up with the world cup next year.

    Its a bit strange though because the Tri Nation series kicks off soon so all that rugby for the three best rugby nations then they head into the Autumn series. Thats good preparation for the soutern hemisphere to hammer the six nation teams.

    I actually tried to upload some pics into the comment post but it didnt work and I couldnt find out how to edit comment posts 🙁

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