Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why Yes, It Is A Slow Day



In the absence of a WAG scandal or some sort of witch doctor cursing African clubs, we're at a bit of a loss until the USA v. Mexico match (which we will be liveblogging).

But it's the interlull—as coined by either the Spoiler or the Arseblogger. International friendlies, FA Cup ties, and no Prem for almost a couple of weeks still (save for the United game in hand v. Fulham). Anyway, Italy and Brazil did square off yesterday at the Emirates with the South Americans winning 2-0.

Italy did have two goals disallowed, so it wasn't as bad as the score sheet looks. In fact Luca Toni missed a couple of near sitters by himself aside from the one called back because he more of less caught the ball in his arms to settle it. Fabio Grosso's disallowed goal in the 3rd or 4th was a borderline offside.

The above is probably the highlight of the match. Robinho schools half the Italian defense with a double-stepover cutback before beating Buffon. It was pretty sweet. Although Pirlo should probably get his ass kicked by Lippi for being so nonchalant in taking the ball out of the Eye-tals end.

Two other quick observations from the match:

A) Arsenal should try to enlist as many Brazilian fans as possible. The Emirates was rocking in a way it hasn't all season. Of course there was also scoring in this match not to mention competent Brazilians on the pitch.

B) Joga Bonita might be coming back. The Brazilians played loose and flowing football, with cheeky passes that really left the Italians looking stupid at times. They were nothing at all like the team that sucked in Germany in 06. The other goal, a one touch feed give-and-go with Robinho, Ronaldinho, and Elano was also rather pleasant to look at.

9 comments:

Ibracadabra said...

We do have a little bit of Prem though on Saturday early morning -

Don't forget: Team Brazil (ELano and Robinho) vs a manager-less Portsmouth on V-Day..

would be interesting if Sven returns in time from his Mexico sacking to face his old club at Fratton Park and... come on you Bocanegra.

2-1 USA

JT said...

And why can't be manage this against the likes of Stoke, West Brom and Blackburn?

If I were Sparky, and I'm glad I'm not, I'd wonder why my star shines for Brazil and yet doesn't against Fulham.

The Fan's Attic said...

i'd wager a guess that it might have something to do with the talent around him.

Precious Roy said...

Because he hates Elano and won't put him on the pitch with Robnho. Go youtube the first goal. It's a feed from Robinho to Elano on a give and go, with great understanding and perfect timing between the two

Andrew said...

US 3 - 1 Mexico

Dempsey (15', 75'), Altidore (37')

Vela (29')

Keith said...

Yeah, but Attic, a) Citeh is not a terribly put-together club, and b) that goal up there was all Robinho; he made the tackle, he took on 3 defenders, he made one of the best keepers in the world look foolish. Surely there are some crap backs in the Prem that he can school on the regular- Like, as LB said, at Stoke, West Brom and Blackburn.

phil said...

That's a spectacular effort by Robinho.

USA 2-1 Mexico

Precious Roy said...

Just for fun... Here's the Toni disallowed goal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irVQyVMMFZQ

The last angle is the best as you can see he pretty much catches it like he's Calvin Johnson.

phil said...

LMAO. That was pretty blatant. Toni's reaction is priceless. Bill Laimbeer would be proud.