The Asian Cup Final was a non-stop hard-fought good game in front of a huge crowd in Qatar. Japan won with an excellent volley from the edge of the box in extra time.
Tim Cahill played a similar role to his Everton one, usually just behind Harry Kewell who was the spearhead of the attack. Cahill's aerial domination created a number of good chances that Harry and others squandered.
If anything, it was Tim's domination in the air that led to Australia taking every opportunity to overdo things with an incredible number of high balls when often it might have been better to mix it up by occasionally keeping the ball on the ground.
I thought Australia were by far the better team but credit to Japan who never gave up plus being helped by a marvellous goalkeeper. Cahill started the second half with a bulky strapping on his left knee. Typically, he battled on though it became obvious that the injury he had picked up was getting worse and restricted his mobility.
His substitution was in my opinion delayed far too long.
Moyes would have every right to complain about it.
Dick Fearon, Posted 29/01/2011 at 22:48:56
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1 Posted 30/01/2011 at 01:40:41
A worthless tournament - which Tim didn't even win - and now he'll probably be out injured for several weeks - if not more.
2 Posted 30/01/2011 at 03:49:54
We may see him rested for a week or 2 to get over it.
3 Posted 30/01/2011 at 04:42:16
4 Posted 30/01/2011 at 06:35:57
5 Posted 30/01/2011 at 07:35:32
Japan just edged it overall, especially after the seriously iffy reffing Vs The Hosts in the quarters.
Right at the death the Aussies, with a mixture of over commitment, naivity and maybe plain tiredness lost their shape for a moment.
The cynic in me thinks that the Germans, Italians, Argies or such would have gone for the penalty shoot out option in the 2nd half of extra time.
The winger got free on the right, crossed it and the recent sub had ALL of the box to himself, no one near him for 10yrds in ANY direction, like it was the prematch kickabout
6 Posted 30/01/2011 at 09:37:48
Incidentally the stewards opened the gates for free before the game started because they wanted all the seats full for the final. It?s a 50000 stadium and I think the gate was 37000. Great game, great stadium and fantastic fire works after the game as well.
7 Posted 30/01/2011 at 10:47:29
8 Posted 30/01/2011 at 12:22:01
ps: Unlucky Tim and well done for once again being a great ambassador for our club.
9 Posted 30/01/2011 at 12:34:43
10 Posted 30/01/2011 at 14:30:33
Anyway ? get well soon, Tim.
11 Posted 30/01/2011 at 15:42:44
By the way - I still would have been thrilled for Tim if he'd won. He always gives his all to everything and everyone - unlike most of the England team!
12 Posted 30/01/2011 at 19:59:22
Fuck Australia and that trumped up so-called competition. If a silly competition between also rans during a crucial stage in EVERTON'S season is so important to Tim, then maybe he should sign for Sidney Cloggers United, sport.
13 Posted 01/02/2011 at 16:57:39
In days of yore I detested forwards who used their arms to climb all over me and I wished for something to be done about it. Hence my satisfaction that FIFA having noted a huge increase in head injuries caused by use of the arm is trying to eradicate it.
Referees at the Asian Cup were instructed to penalize every such incident and the games were better for it.
To say that ?leverage? is needed is to imply that players could not get off the ground without using their arms.
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