8-Nations Final

I took the boy wonder to the Stadium last night to watch the final of the U20 8 Nations tournament. He’s still young and restless, so although there were two games on yesterday, we aimed to get down there just in time for the second one – Brazil v Argentina. However, due to the lack of traffic, combined with the 1-1 scoreline in the 3rd place game, we got there just in time to see the penalty shootout between South Africa and Japan. Amajita triumphed 7-6, which not only gave Alex the chance to cheer a bit, but also allowed us both to see a ball hitting the back of a net.

Which was nice.

  Second Half Game Over

Using the power of the doughnut, we made it safely through 90 minutes of the South American giants slugging it out using the “couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo” style of play. All the typical elements of Latin American soccer were present: flamboyant diving, flamboyant petulance and flamboyant shooting well wide of the target. If these players represent the future of the beautiful game, it’s all going (further) downhill fast.

At 90 minutes, with a delayed kick off and the prospect of another half hour of rubbish, we headed home, spotting the ISS as we left the stadium precinct. Brazil went on to win the game 2-0 aet, but having to carry an exhausted boy back to the car, I feel that we made the correct decision to leave after normal time.

13,000 turned out for the final, but the publicity for the tournament has been much criticised and the attendances have been poor. Nevertheless, we’re going to do it all again in 2014.

  • I suppose 13,000 attendance is not too bad for an U20 game when you consider it clashed with the opening World Cup qualifier for the senior side, which was being shown live on terrestrial TV. Having watched a couple of the Amajita games in this tournament they are a far better side to watch than the seniors.

  • Gary

    Hmmm…the u/20 side could only manage a draw after 120 minutes? Looking like good training for the senior national side then…all they ever seem to manage are draws too, even against opposition that they really should thump.

    Hang in there 6000, by the weekend you’ll have some quality football to educate the young’un with. Euro 2012 is almost here…

  • ItsStillAyoba > I agree. With the lack of publicity and the Bafana game on the other side (I’d forgotten about that), 13k isn’t too bad.

    Gary > Actually, Amajita were unlucky to go out to Brazil on penalties in the semis. As ISA says above, they’re actually a pretty decent side. Let’s not forget that Japan’s senior side is in the top 30.