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Spot The Dot

by | 17th, June 2006

“WAS this the best World Cup goal ever?” ask the Times on the cover of its “THE GAME” football supplement.

Well, Peter Crouch did rise like very long salmon to head home England’s first against the mighty Trinidad & Tobago, but the best ever? If anything, Steven Gerrard’s strike that made it 2-0 was better.

But we are mistaken. The paper is not talking about England but Argentina’s Estaban Cambioso’s fine finish to his team’s 24-pass move.

For anyone who wants to replicate the strike in their company car park or school playground – or if Sven Goran Eriksson wants to give his side an alternative to the long ball – the Times reproduces a graphic of that goal.

It’s an artistic move, a little Damien Hirst in its execution, what with all those yellow dots, but no worse for it. Over in the Sun, the “24 carat goal” is turned into a patchwork of blue dots and black lines.

Looking at the intricacy of movement and passing, the Sun thinks it would be good idea if England avoided Argentina. “Avoid ‘em like the plague,” it says. “Argentina! It’s just like watching Brazil,” it chimes. And not a bit like watching England.

But England need not worry. Argentina don’t stand chance. The weight of history is against them.

Sure the great goal was the second of six Argentina scored against Serbia& Montenegro. But, as the Times says, none of the past six sides to score six or more goals in a match at the World Cup finals has won the tournament.

That’s the kind of statistic Eriksson might like to post up on the changing room wall. You don’t want to peak too early, lads. Save your goals for when they really matter.

And goals will surely come England’s way. Now Rooney is playing, Sven can revert to Plan A and get the ball to him as quickly as possible and with minimal fuss.

But Rooney might not have yet returned if in the build up to England’s match against T&T he had done as Alex Ferguson had suggested.

The Express says that before the match Rooney received a phone call from the Manchester United manager.

The paper says Ferguson tried to persuade Rooney not to play. Even if selected, he should not face T&T. To do so would be wrong.

Rooney was less than pleased. And now he is said to be “fuming” – which is pretty much Rooney’s usual state of being.

And if Wayne can channel his anger the right way, he may yet score a better goal than Cambioso’s. And we might see a graphic of a little spotty red dot running all over the pitch.



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