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Subject: No. As big as the goal was, it was only the icing on the cake. Chelsea was going
Posted by: Hoo in W. Africa on Wed Apr 25 2012 8:56:02 AM
through anyway, unless Barca could pull off a miracle in the final 2
minutes of stoppage time. And there was no evidence whatsoever that
that was going to happen, as Barca was a psychologically beaten team
by that point (i.e., they clearly did not believe that they could win it at
the very end). In fact (according to the French announcer I was listening
to), Barca simply complained to the ref that Chelsea had committed a
hand ball in the penalty area as Ashley Cole cleared the ball; only 1
Barca defender actually bothered to pursue Torres if my memory serves.
They pulled off a miracle (with a huge helping hand from the ref) in 2009,
but it wasn't going to happen last night. one of the posters on Georgina
Turner's (cnnsi) live blog astutely noted that the game was a near-
perfect imitation of the one that Barca lost 2 years ago to Inter, when
Inter was down a man & pulled everyone back in a defensive shell.
I would say that Torres's goal was similar to a a slam-dunk by a
basketball team with an insurmountable lead in the final 30 seconds.
The nail in the coffin, but nothing more.
That said, the goal could only increase Torres's confidence, which must
be rather low.
By the way, Georgina Turner remarked in her blog once or twice before
the goal how bad Torres looked during the brief time that he was in. He
gave up the ball when he was 1-on-1 with the Barca defender Marchano
(spelling?) & there was another instance in which she was very critical.
No. As big as the goal was, it was only the icing on the cake. Chelsea was going -- Hoo in W. Africa Wed Apr 25 2012 8:56:02 AM|
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