Haven’t checked the comments pages on footy blogs this morning, but a couple of seasons back, some CCM supporters and neutrals would have been saying that they “deserved the win”. Kept the ball better, created more scoring chances … just the footy gods got a bit mixed up and gave the win to an undeserving WSW.
But maybe we have moved on from that? WSW came in with a plan, and executed it … their goal was quality.
In the game before, Brisbane looked like they were going to outplay Adelaide … to a draw, or to a loss after getting hit on the break against the run of play. It actually felt quite strange when Brisbane did score …
And the subject line I made up there made me think of other instances where drama, not justice is served.
Australia’s smash n grab in Manama a couple of years back. And that came after being thoroughly outplayed by a flying … Oman? I forgot, whoever’s capital is Manama.
Or Luis Suarez deciding to hell with the consequences, and being an Auxilliary goalkeeper in the WC game against Ghana. It was spotted, he was carded, a penalty was taken, a penalty was missed, and the game went to penalties, which Uruguay won. Didn’t that make a lot of people angry : )
Rivaldo pretending he got hit by the ball in the face, not the leg, and his opponent was red carded.
Drama, not justice.
So I have mixed thoughts about the people who want more justice in soccer. the desire for video tech is about more justice … the salary cap (in a way) is about more justice, the desire for the primacy of a premier, not champion is about more justice, the desire to penalise bus parking is about more justice …