Thursday, August 07, 2008

Argentina vs. Ivory Coast (Match Report)

It was good start to say the least though the results may not be that inspiring (blame it on the humidity!). Once again, the Ivorian came out to put a brave performance and I have to respect them for that.

At the end of the match, the player that got the most attention even before the tournament got started made the difference. The roar from the crowd says it all how much they wanted to see Lionel MESSI in Shanghai.

Alongside Kun and Roman, the trio combined superbly as if they were dancing to the same tune when the ball was on their feet. We had most of the possession, but turning opportunity into goals was another matter altogether.

First when MESSI became the provider for Kun but the latter sliced it wide. LAVEZZI wasted another glorious opportunity. Then it was sight relief when the Elephant had their goal ruled out for offside.

Finally the moment of magic appear, a sight that you’ll never get tired of watching. The mercurial pass from RIQUELME, and the finishing touch from MESSI to put Argentina 1-0.

The African side was undone and came back strongly in the second half. Their effort was paid dividend when Sekou CISSE header found the back of the net for the equalizer. It was the first time that we have conceded a goal at the Olympics since 1996!

At this point of time it was anybody’s game. Then Checho decided to bring in Lautaro ACOSTA in the 80th minute for AGUERO.

In the 86th minute, Argentina was awarded a free kick. A quick released to MESSI on the left side saw his shot saved by keeper Vincent ANGBAN. However ACOSTA was at the right place to slot the rebound for the winning goal. ACOSTA seems to be of making a habit of delivering in times of desperation.

As soon as MESSI started that move I knew I had to get myself in front of goal. The keeper couldn't hold onto the ball and I was lucky enough to be standing right there to knock it in. It was exciting. Do I only score important goals? God is great, and I've been fortunate to have him on my side more than once - ACOSTA

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