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June 20, 2009

2006 WC – Australia vs Italy: that penalty

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 7:37 am

i know that as the world cup next year draws closer, there is gonna be a bit of looking back, reminiscing about the last one.

and the penalty that knocked australia out of the world cup will definitely be chewed over again.

i went back and had a look at it.  and i couldn`t see the dive that everyone was talking at the time.  lucas neill slips over, grosso continues going pretty much the direction he was going before neil fell over and collides with the prone neill. not a dive in my book.  making the most of a defender`s mistake, yes.  an attempt to make the contact look more meaningful than it was?  yes.

says a lot about the national psyche that lucas neill walked away from this incident painted as the victim, rather than as the silly git who couldn`t stay on his feet when he needed to.

try to stay on your feet this time, eh?

we are the wrong country to cry foul.  we invented the underarm delivery in cricket.  can`t get much more cynical than that.

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