Sunday, January 15, 2006

JDCC Challenge trophy

The date was Sunday 15 january.
A Argentinian invatational side were to take on AC Milan in a match.
The weather was fine, with the pitch in good condition.
At 2pm the match kicked off.

The first peice of action was when Crespo went for a two footed challenge, resulting in the first booking in the 1st minute.
That was an ominious foreshadowing of what was soon to come.
The tackles were fast and furious, with the flambouyant Argentinians bearing the brunt of them.
The Rosseneri players seemed to be going for blood as they made their tackles fast and furious.

At the end of the first half, The milanese had Stam, Gattuso, and Pirlo sent off, with Kaka and Crespo on a yellow card each.
Whereas the Argentinians had only Samuel on a booking.
But Argie was unable to make use of their numerical advantage.
The first half finished goaless, both teams unable to break the deadlock despite promising shots.

The second half started the same way the the match began, with seedorf earning a booking for a wild challenge on Aimar.
A few minutes later, the managers brought him off for Serginho to prevent him from getting another booking.
But alas, Milan soon lost Rui Costa due to 2 yellow cards.
7 players against 11, could the red and black weather the storm?

The 2nd half was more eventful, but Argentina were unable to convert their possesion into goals.
The numerous free kicks they were awarded just kept sailing over the bar.
The South Americans also hit the wood work twice and had a shot cleared off the line.
But Milan held on for their dear life, soaking the pressure.
They even had a few good shots on goal which the normally reliable shevchenko squandered.

Extra time yielded nothing except a shot by Crespo which was cleared off the line in the final minute as the match headed for the dreaded lottery of the penalty kicks.

Milan only had 7 players left as Cafu hit the first kick into the back of the net which Crespo duly followed.
Dida then saved Saviola's shot before Nesta and Maldini converted theirs.
Kaka nestled his before Zanetti and Riquelme squandered theirs.
All Collocini had to do was convert his, which he duly did as Milan claimed an unlikely victory, sending managers Darryl and colin into ecstasy.
All this while opposition managers Julian and Casper wondered how they let an 11 man Argentina lose to a 7 man milan.

Who would have though that a 7 man team would triumph over a full strength Argentina?
How could Crespo play for both sides?
Did Milan and Argentina play today?
Darryl D and Colin managing Milan?
Well isn't Winning Eleven and xbox great?


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