Brazil fail to lift the gloom
‘All Whites’ (who should really be sponsored by Daz) get.
But I couldn’t help being chuffed for them when they grabbed their late equaliser through Winston Reid to claim a first-ever (and probably last) point at the World Cup finals.
Fallon is one of many members of the Kiwi squad to play his trade in the lower leagues over here – in fact you have to dig a lot deeper than League One for a couple of his teammates.
Shane Smeltz has gone from plying his trade for Mansfield Town, Halifax Town and AFC Wimbledon to lining up in the World Cup. That’s not to be sniffed at.
And he’s not the only one. Leo Bertos spent six years over here gracing such footballing hot-spots as Barrow, Scarborough and Worksop Town. Both of those have since gone on to find fame in the Australian ‘A’ League.
It is fairytale stuff for a team who well deserved their draw from what I saw, but what I didn’t understand was why a low attendance at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium was such a cause for concern.
Why the hell do they think there was about 11,000 empty seats? It was New Zealand versus Slovakia for goodness sake.
The more important question is why did 33,820 people feel the need to waste an afternoon – and plenty of good money – to attend.
Empty seats have been a common occurrence so far. There’ll be another one on my sofa if things don’t improve as well.
This competition has left me feeling colder than a South African night. It was only three degrees in Johannesburg as Brazil simmered last night.
That means the sight of Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his huskies speeding across a pitch is more likely than a streaker.
At least we can finally bank on some quality football when Spain make their entrance today. Ole!
BRAZIL GO NUTS: Brazil’s Blumer Elano celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game as North Korea players stand dejected.