Arseblog: Sunday 16th June 2002

june 16th

19.49 – Ireland go out of the World Cup on penalties to Spain.

A 1-1 draw over 120 minutes meant it came down to the shootout, and although Spain missed two, Ireland missed 3. Ian Harte had already missed a penalty in the second half before a late-late second penalty saw Robbie Keane equalise. Damien Duff was outstanding again- and I have to say he’s a player I’d love to see at THOF.

I have to say I thought Ireland were unlucky, they played pretty well, although on another day Raul could have beaten the offside trap more than once. A heroic effort from all the Irish players, and I could go on about how shite Kilbane and Harte are, but I won’t.

The players, managers and coaching staff will go home to a hero’s welcome now, and with the effort and commitment they’ve shown, they deserve it. Except for Harte and Kilbane who are shite.

Apparently we’ve bid £10m for Denmark’s error prone Sunderland keeper, Tomas Sorenson. Why spend £10m on him when we have an identical type keeper in Alex Manninger already on the books? In other speculation, the News of the World today linked us with Turkey’s Emre, and the Kevin Hofland signing I’m itching for seems to be getting closer.

Figo is accused of trying to get the South Koreans to play out the draw that would have seen Portugal qualify here. Bad Figo…..

Well done to Senegal who beat Sweden with a golden goal today. The Liverpool bound El Hadji Djiouf says there’s more to come from them, and who can doubt him – but does anyone else think his dour onfield manner makes him well suited to life on Merseyside?

 

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