Saturday, June 10, 2006

Sweden 0 – 0 T & T: What the World Cup is all about.

This is why the World cup is worth watching.

Minute 15: Avery John should have been sent off for a diabolical tackle on Wilhelmsson.

Minute 48: Avery John actually was sent off for going in studs up on Wihelmsson.

So. It’s your country’s first ever game in a world cup and you’re a man down with 45 minutes to go against a Swedish team whose passing game is working pretty well. What do you do? Put in a backs-to-the-wall performance of the ages.

Shaka Hislop – destined for the bench until no. 1 keeper Kelvin Jack injured himself in the warm-up – put in possibly the best goal-keeping performances of recent World Cup history. The Trinidad defenders were game, but Sweden kept finding ways into the 18, but Hislop stoned them every single time. From ten yards. From five yards. From two yards. Every time.


Cue well-deserved three-day party in Port-of-Spain.


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