FIFA World Cup live in USA
68 min: Wambach’s third decent headed chance of the game. Plunging to dive wide of Barbieri’s goal. Heath is on for the goalscorer Press. “I’m an American but now watching with the commentary muted, ” says William Sheehan. “I expect some sort of professionalism from commentators. This is just plain disgusting.” Agreed, the most one-eyed commentary since Cyclops and Long John Silver sat down to narrate the Fictional Olympics. Hang on, did Long John Silver have one leg or one eye? Or one leg and one eye? Big questions.
GOAL! USA 2-1 Australia (Press 60 min)
A long punt from Solo finds Rapinoe, whose beautiful sidefoot releases Leroux down the left flank, She crosses to Press, who shoots low past Barbieri. Cool, cool finish.Christen Press celebrates with Sydney Leroux after Press netted USA’s second goal with a deftly placed shot across the face of the keeper. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
49 min: Some people are saying Rapinoe’s goal should have been an own-goal, as it took a big deflection. For the pirouette alone, she deserved it. Kerr is down clutching her back and emits a loud “EFFF” but with some other letters. The Bad Letters. Anyway, she looks OK to continue.
46 min: And we’re back. “Watching at O’Hare airport in Chicago, thankfully no audio, ” says PCLamourie. “USA back line better get organized in a hurry. Agree they have the players to keep possession, play patiently, and look for their opportunities. Rapinoe the only bright spot. If all they’ve got are long balls for Wambach to knock down or for others to try and run onto, it’ll be a long tournament.”
Half time emails:
Andrew Williams agrees with me on the US commentary: “It’s as though there’s only one team on the field and Australia’s existence as a country, let alone team is entirely incidental. That and the US is starting a bit of a hack-a-thin because of the Ozlander’s pace.”
Meanwhile, someone in Australia who wants to remain anonymous due to the fact that he’s emailing in while he should be working - let’s call him Tony Abbott – says: “I’m reduced to sneakily emailing this from work. How dare they schedule games outside our traditional hours of 1-5am! It’s yet another example of anti-Australian bias from Fifa (along with putting us in a group of death, again).”
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