Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sudan 2, Poland 1 - OT - 2012 QFinals

This was an exciting and fast game. Super entertaining. Jay Tomchuk got the first goal of the game five minutes in when he blew past the defender and slotted a low shot past Noor in the Sudan goal. Sudan couldn't seem to get anything happening for the first 10 minutes, but eventually it started to figure out the Poland D.
With 15 minutes left Sudan started taking some long range crackers. Bandula in the Poland net made a great save. A minute later Poland almost got a second goal when Alex Wosik hit the post. Sudan came back and got two more great chances - both awesome saves. With eight minutes left in the half Devin Sembaluk lobbed in a shot from just over halfway. Ball hit the crossbar and fell to Alex who took a good shot and Noor made an amazing close-range save. In the final 10 seconds of the half Sudan got a sweet diving header but it was again turned aside by an equally sweet save. 1-0 for Poland at half.
With nine minutes remaining in the second half Sudan finally got on the board and it was weak. It was a free kick from the sideline that kind of blooped in. Bandula came out to grab it, but he misjudged and only got his fingertips on the ball. It got behind him and barely went over the line. With four minutes left in the half Poland got a free kick at the top of the Sudan box. Jay took the free kick and he blasted it at the wall. It went right through and Noor was lucky to be standing there. Big save. 1-1 at end of regulation.
With 3 minutes left in the second overtime Jay managed to slip a pass through in the Sudan box to Meshke who was about 4 yards out. Meshke shot but again Noor came up big and kept it tied.
Two minutes left and Sudan got its winner. The ball was floated into the Poland box from just over half. Tall #11 for Sudan went up for the header at the back post and put a perfect header across the face of the goal and into the opposite post. Super tough to defend.
Side note: Only person to not shake hands after the game was Wosik, arguably the face of the Polish team, who instead walked off the field by himslef.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the write up. Quite accurate unlike some other "blogs." As for the "Sidenote" - That's Alex.

Good Luck Sudan, good team, tough, and skilled.

Anonymous said...

I thought this game was more an aerial battle, especially in the second half.

Anonymous said...

Thnaks for all the write ups. I missed the games but the write ups were good

Anonymous said...

The Game SHOULDN`t be aerial when you are playing Sudan. Poland strength is their midfield and they should have catered to that like in the first 10 minutes when they were up. Once they started punting the ball up every play they lost momentum.

Anonymous said...

ya they played sudans game, cant do that aganist them.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_N1OjGhIFc

To any Polish players and Fans. Replace Cardinals and Bears and think of it as Poland and Sudan. Great game tho. This should have been Poland's second loss of the season, had Nigeria done its job.

Anonymous said...

poland deserved to win this game, post crossbar and all those free kicks from the top of the box, sometimes luck isnt on your side. sudan didnt do anything special in the second half or in overtime at all

Anonymous said...

poland did not deserve to win the game, they played sudans game, therefore they lost if they would of played through the mid instead of long balls, probably would of won.

Anonymous said...

it was funny how that one guy kept yelling "CMON WHITE" ya that helped.

Anonymous said...

Alex is a douche bag. Unclassy move on his part. Shake the other teams hand after the game. What a loser. Suck it up, the better team won. Go Sudan. African country going to win this thing.

Anonymous said...

I did shake hands. Before the game, unnecessary to do it twice.

Aleks

Anonymous said...

thats why you lost Alex you arrogance will kill you,you are not special dude just do what others do fool

Anonymous said...

Aleks, yes you did shake hands prior to the game which is kind of forced on you to do with the walk out, but at least at the end of the match be man enough to congratulate the winning team and wish them luck the rest of the way. It wasn't like the game was dirty it was a good game. Both teams shook hands except you. It looks so bad on you for not doing that. This tournament is much more than winning, but I guess this tournament means the world to you and you cannot even take your pride and ignorance away from a good match that could of went either way. Just Grow up and stop being such an ass.

Anonymous said...

Aleks did the same thing against Nigeria and I believe their goal keeper did the same, what a shame no class, how cme u did shake hands with vietnum after you put a whopping on them, I will never respect that guy again, new Lois Suarez in the building

Anonymous said...

After the games u do see EPL players shake hands with opposition

Anonymous said...

Yea and exchange their team shirts with one another too...that might not be too pretty with some of our WCP players though! LOL

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, last year there was a big discussion about this...hand shakes at the end are not required, neither are the hip hip hooray's. This isn't under 8 soccer where we need to skip around singing kumbaya after games. They want this to be like the pro's. Shake hands at the start of the game. After the game, shake a few hands of buddies IF you want and if not, no big deal. Doesn't necessarily mean it's unsportsmanlike. Whether this was changed for this year I don't know, but it was discussed last year and the outcome was no formal handshakes after the game.

Anonymous said...

No it is not under 8 soccer, but considering Alexs was acting like an 8 year is the problem. if the whole team is shaking hands then you should as well if only a few wanted to shake hands then alright. Also I think that was the only game all night were one person decided he wasn’t going to shake hands, every other game they had the respect to shake everyone’s hands after.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he just didn't get the memo. Also it was late and he did have to work the next day. He just wanted to get a head start with changing and going home to sleep.

and ya shaking hands isn't mandatory after the game, so it shouldn't be an issue. some people do it some people don't.
baulin

Anonymous said...

Hungary sucks!

Anonymous said...

I don't really care what anyone says. If you've ever actually had a conversation with me you would know that I don't claim to be anything special, and I know I'm not a superstar on the field, far from it. As far as shaking hands after the game? It's optional. If there was anyone around me after the goal, I would have definitely congratulated them, but clearly everyone was chasing the goal scorer. Let the losing team leave and allow the winning team to start the celebrations early. Im sure this was an awesome game to watch, because it was a great game to play in. Hats off to Sudan and their keeper. He stood on his head.

aleks