I think it's rather interesting how these historical swings go about.
Today, no one gives Argentina a chance to win anything. Chile, Colombia, and Mexico are given better chances than Argentina. And our Colombian friends now say Ecuador lost not because Argentina played well, but because... well, I don't know exactly what they meant. Not that I disagree 100% mind you, after all, following that first half yesterday and the early 1-1 tie with Ecuador, I was just about ready to root for the middle-earth men.
I was just sickened with the lack of goal scoring after Argentina for 30 minutes played in their opponent's half. It was the 2002 debacle all over again. I think Argentina needs to stop the BS
and put Saviola, Riquelme and Tevez permanently. I mean it's been over three years now! Good-bye Crespo.
Had Argentina scored half of the incredible chances it had in the first half, it would have ended of 10-1, or something terrible like that.
Anyways, back to my history.
In 1970 when Brazil won their third World Cup, everyone proclaimed them as Gods, and FIFA even gave them the first World Cup trophy permanently to culminate all the talk about that incredible Pele team. They sure were to win in 1974 again... Well, Brazil went a quarter century without winning again. During that Brazilian drought, Argentina won two world cups, so people in 1990 assumed Argentina would win #3, specially after beating Brazil in the playoffs, when people uncrowned the Brazilians and put Argentina in their place. Well, since that time, Argentina has not one ONE world Cup, Brazil has won two. In 2002 Argentina was to walk away with everything... oops.
It goes to show that contrarianism really does work. When people say a team is going to win, they lose. And when they are not given a chance for nothing, they win. Which I really think is good for Argentina, since no-one gives them a chance to win... just like in 1986.
Mexico-Uruguay was a very boring game with four interesting goals. The Mexican tie is another candiate for the top five goals since it was a 30 meter shot... though you can see the ball being tossed to the left by the wind, hitting the right post and going in. Bad luck maybe, but that Uruguayan goalkeeper Barbat is not much better than a blind man! He looked silly on the second goal by Mexico.
[Edited 2004-07-08 19:13:48]