WC Day 7: Adios Spania

The contestants of the 2010 tournament were having varied fortunes, Holland had opened their account with a 5-1 victory and Spain a defeat with the spookily mirror image score line. Both were in action today.

First up, Holland facing our antipodean cousins from the land of fizzy lager. The Socceroos had been poor in their first match and their loss to Chile meant that a defeat today could see them on the boat home, though on the upside – no shackles this time! It started badly for Australia with a 20th minute goal for Arjenman Robben and his super-shiny head. It was a short deficit, however, as the former darling of Goodison, Tim Cahill equalised a minute later with a stunning volley. That’s the way it stayed until half time, despite The Aussies squandering a good opportunity to take the lead.

The second half saw the form book turned upside down as a converted penalty gave Australia the lead. Despite valiant attempts though, an equaliser from RVP and a winner from Depay saw off the dogged resistance and would send the losers home should the World Champions lose to Chile in the next game.

And lose they did, in spectacular style. With multiple goal attempts that owed more to the Three Stooges than the cup holders, the purveyors of ticky tacky torpitude crashed and burned with ineptitude of magnificent proportions. As a last throw of the dice, the manager threw on Fernando Torres. As the summariser wryly observed, del Bosque obviously hasn’t been a regular visitor to Stamford Bridge this season. My favourite moment of the tournament followed as the camera landed on a Chilean fan in the crowd with a tablet bearing the message ‘Adios Spania’. His maniacal demeanour and dress sense reminiscent of Rick Wakeman during his wizard phase made me laugh heartily.

In the graveyard slot were the woeful Cameroon and the unlucky Croatia. Cameroon charmed the world in 1990 and heralded the arrival of African football being taken seriously. The following World Cup campaign began with them waiting nervously for their Mitre shirts being flown out from Huddersfield with minutes to spare. Their downward spiral began there, surely no coincidence? Croatia, of course, were robbed in their first match when intervention by Sepp Blatter had ensured that the script was followed to the letter. This time they were keen to make amends. Cameroon were the fall guys, receiving a 4-0 kick up the jacksie.

Anyways, back to more trivial matters and the answer to the trivia question left dangling in the ether. WC Boggs was the family run firm in the topical hit comedy, Carry On at Your Convenience, Victorian toilet humour at its zenith…

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One Response to “WC Day 7: Adios Spania”

  1. Htafctaunton says:

    You’ve just gathered a new fan (so stay cool!).