Well the last 5 minutes of the Italy/ Mexico game was pathetic, I guess somehow they both found out the other team in there pool that could have caught them lost, so they played for the 1-1 tie, because I tie would put both teams threw.
The thing is that they made it so obvious, the Mexico team kicked the ball to the same 4 defenders back and forth for 5 minutes while all the Italians stood back... Got me thinking if going into this match and they both knew a tie would let them both go in, would they have done that for 90 minutes...Muh Gawd
So I'm offically giving Mexico and Italy both the evil eye, and wanting them to lose out no matter what. Brazil is close to that group for the diving dude when the ball hit him in the arm and he put his hands up like he got shot in the face..
I don't get it, everyone loves rats, but they don't want to drink the rats milk?
Well, Mexico was happy with the tie because that meant they were first in the group. If Italy scored they would have passed them for first place.
The strange thing is, if Italy already knew the result from the other game, why wouldn't they try and score? A goal by Mexico meant nothing, but a goal by Italy means they don't have to play... South Korea??? Well, never mind then.
I wasn't so happy with it either. It kind of defeated the whole purpose of playing the games at the same time.
(edited by Ike on 14.6.02 0948) "Go for the eyes, Boo! GO FOR THE EYES! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" - Minsc, Baldur's Gate.
did you see the ref's look of disgust when he blew the final whistle....he looked like he wanted to book all 22 on the pitch! ^_^
"If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college." -Lewis Black "Yeah, fuck you E.T. you ungrateful dick." -BigDaddyLoco 5/20/2 "MAY PRE HOUSE THE SEAMY SIDE VOLITATION!!!" Warning from a "Flying Goku" Dragon Ball Z toy "When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed." Washington State law "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes." Pennsylvania State law
Sportsmanlike conduct is still (theoretically) valued in soccer. It's been tossed out the window in every major North-American sport, and people like to believe that soccer is still above the do-anything-to-win-especially-if-your-team-is-bad attitude that has taken over other sports.
"Go for the eyes, Boo! GO FOR THE EYES! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" - Minsc, Baldur's Gate.
The reason why the last two group games are played simultaniously, is to avoid a situation that occured in '82. West Germany scored a goal against Austria ten minutes in. They realized that if this score stood, they could both advance. The two did virtually nothing for the rest of the game, screwing Algeria. Algerian and neutral fans were pissed, as were the fans of the two nations. One German fan burned his nation's flag in protest.
Also, didn't this finish remind anyone else of the Simpsons episode with the soccer riot.
I understand the argument of looking past an opponent. I watched the OU-TexTech game (along with LSU-Ole Miss). And Oklahoma didn't even look that focused and they still won by 30... They seem like they can toy around and turn it up at any time.