I'm devastated. Totally and utterley devastated. The Italians were down to 10 men for most of the second half and still we couldn't score.
Italy played a typical Italian game, everyone behind the ball and they did well in keeping us out. I would have liked the Aussies to have a few more shots at goal from just outside the box.
I actually thought the referee had a good game(for most of the match), and the Italians weren't diving around all that much, but then came the very last seconds of the match.
An Australian defender spreadeagles himself... an Italian player, who has already played the ball through, decides that he can't jump 20 centimetres, dives wonderfully and so Italy have the penalty.
I have no idea who took the subsequent penalty kick, but it propelled Italy into the next round.
My heart sank. Australia were out. What a cruel way to go down. As I said before... I'm devasated.
While I'm proud of what our boys produced during this tournament I'm still deeply depressed.
Italy were there for the taking... but we didn't take them. Should Hiddink have brought a few more players on earlier? I don't think so. We were definately looking good just before the penalty and I reckon we would have got them in extra time.
In the end it was not to be. So Australia is gone, but only thanks to a dodgy penalty. Please, I try to keep this blog as family friendly as I can, but let me have just one indulgence.
Oz Kanka: "Referee, you were fucking shit" --- copyright Harry Kewell.