Una sa lahat, please lang sa Iranian apologists. Tigil-tigilan n’yo ako sa “Iran was the better team” o “Iran deserved to win.” Mga neknek n’yo. The first half frustrated the shit out of me because Iran was parking a fucking Victory Liner! Ano akala nila sa goal, terminal sa Cubao? Wagas kung makabantay!
I don’t abhor the princes of Persia by the way. Suportado ko pa nga sila e, by virtue of being one of the three Asians who qualified (I support the Aussies too, because AFC). Pero mehn, ang korni talaga ng 10-0-0 formation (or 4-6-0 whatever). The first half was 90 percent played on the Argentine side of the court!
But boy did my South Am boys waste too many chances! Ill-timed headers, missed crosses, way-over-the-bar attempts—why o why tinapay! You have Messi and Higuain and Aguero up front plus Di Maria on midfield—anyare mga ‘teh?
So you know what, sure. I’ll concede that judging from how Argentina played in this match, they did not seem like a legit contender for the cup. Iran was pulling a stranded JAC Liner, but their 10-0-0 somehow shifted to a 9-0-1 in the second half. That was tactically clever, I guess. After focusing too much on defense, they started to employ competent counter attacks. Legit, mehn! ‘Tang ina muntik-muntikan na akong ma-heart attack! SO FUCKING CLOSE!
I know it’s weird how the match ended in only a 1-0 for Argentina. They were against a tiny Asian team for chrissakes. The referee also arguably favored them, as evident in the ignored penalty and the ref-ball in the first half (I don’t even know the legit football-speak for ref-ball hehe). But hay, just thank the old gods and the new for Lionel Messi.
Now that Japan is most possibly out of the running (I doubt they can beat Colombia), all of my heart and soul is rooting for Argentina. I hope they play better in the next games (and no more parked buses please!). Sana lampasuhin nila ng Star Wax ang Nigeria, at sana umabot sila hanggang dulo. Kaya nila ‘yan! VAMOOOOOS ARGENTINAAAAAA!