Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The Fake Break - yet another brief update
By the end of the game, it had become quite farcical.
The Singaporean referee had clearly emboldened the Chinese side by booking Mark Milligan and Robbie Middleby for relatively innocuous challenges in the first half (although, ironically, Milligan was not given a second yellow for a professional foul on Sergio Blanco near the close). These yellow cards seemed to have been produced not as the result of the actual challenges, but of the reaction to them.
Once again, the stretcher made regular appearances. Once again, there were miraculous recoveries by the touchline. Once again, the referee allowed it all to happen without sanction.
But the fake breaks were as nothing to the extraordinary time-wasting the Chinese side indulged in during the second half. By the hour mark, every Shanghai goalkick, free kick, and corner took an eternity to set up and execute.
Understandable, perhaps, if they were sitting on a result they desperately needed in the competition. But they are out of contention anyway...which makes their chicanery seem strangely futile as well.
Having said all this, Sydney could have done much better with some of their chances (it was unfortunate that both David Zdrilic and Steve Corica chose to have their worst game in months in such a crucial encounter). But had Sydney FC been permitted to maintain their momentum in the second half, they would surely have broken through at some point.
But I don't entirely agree with tt. The first 10 minutes of the game was terribly amateurish, from both sides, but as things wore on Sydney showed some real flair at times keeping posession and creatively breaking through Shanghai's defence.
Was the long-ball overused? I'm conscious it's become a bit of a cliche, but perhaps. It's hard to fault a long ball though when it lands on a team-mates chest and is brought immediately under control. That happened a couple times and frankly it looks pretty cool.
Despite the antics of the visitors - and I agree Mike that the ref should be doing something about this - we have to credit the quality of their defence and goalkeeper. They certainly didn't deserve to win, but they sort of deserved not to be beaten.
Anyway, I remember a few months ago I couldn't stand Sydney FC, being a patriotic Queenslander and all. It's funny how now I love them and desperately want them to do well. If Sydney does well in the Champions League it will be all the more of a pleasure watching the Roar trash them in A-League III.
Even if most Melbourne fans would never admit that they want Sydney to do well they were also outraged by the refereeing and the antics of Shangai.
If there is a blight on our game, there is the evidence. The refs were appalling. The Shangai tactics were a f****g disgrace. I've rarely been more frustrated, angered and disappointed watching a football match - and it didn't even involve my team.
The diving, the pathetic standard of officiating, the timewasting throughout almost the ENTIRE 90 minutes - all just abysmal. FIFA, let's stamp this out. If a player is strechered off, they should stay off for a minimum of 5 minutes, or else be substituted.
Shanghai were an absolute disgrace! Shit team, and showed no class, and not even an ounce of sportsmanship. Poor form.
The refs were woeful! I almost though the assistant was worse than the central ref - in fact, he probably was. The diving, the timewasting, the milking of slight knocks... all piss poor. I've just lost so much respect for Shanghai tonight. By the second half I found myself supporting Sydney.
This element really needs to be kicked out of football!
That just sounds like frustration TBH, although I agree it's an unwise comment. Rudan is a very decent bloke but he has a fair old temper on the pitch, and tends to react particularly badly when the opposition is indulging in play-acting (witness his kicking of Alessandro in the first Melbourne v. Sydney game last season).
...The first 10 minutes of the game was terribly amateurish, from both sides, but as things wore on Sydney showed some real flair at times keeping posession and creatively breaking through Shanghai's defence.
Was the long-ball overused? I'm conscious it's become a bit of a cliche, but perhaps....
I think it was more a case of Sydney's tactics becoming a bit predictable in the second half - the ball was continually worked over to Middleby on the right to swing into the mixer (i.e. not so much long balls as deep crosses), but Zdrilic et al. got no real joy in the air. And we had absolutely nothing down the left.
Branko actually switched Middleby and Fyfe after about 70 minutes to try to remedy that, but Middleby was barely sighted on the left. Actually, even though Zdrilic hadn't had a great night, I thought Branko could have hooked Middleby rather than Zdrilic for Glavas at the end.
Mikey, the next time you come to Beedie Heights, that comment is going to cost you a bottle of red.
I laughed so hard, I went asthmatic.
Apparently despite Urawa being held it was better to play them and having to win rather need just a draw in Japan.
I'm glad I didn't get to see this game...
Apparently despite Urawa being held it was better to play them and having to win rather need just a draw in Japan....
He did tie himself up in logical knots there a bit, didn't he.
Great minds think alike...I've actually just canvassed that suggestion in my latest post.