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Germany vs Brazil

Germany defeated Brazil 2-0 in an entertaining final to retain their title as world champions. They also set an incredible record of going through the entire tournament without conceding a goal.

I stayed up to watch and it was well worth it. The early exchanges saw a lot of end to end stuff as both teams attacked. Brazil eventually got on top and dominated the first half but couldn't find the net. Germany were impressive in defense. 0-0 at half-time.

Australia vs Brazil

After going down 0-2 after 23", we fought back well to equalise at 2-2 after 68", before a quality goal saw us go out 3-2.

I didn't stay up and watch, which says something about my commitment to women's sport. 10pm on a Sunday evening is too late for the women, but 3am or 5am is no problem for the men.

By the look of the stats, Brazil dominated the match and probably deserved to win. However, we were the first team to score against Brazil in this tournament and clearly pushed them to the limit. Some of their players looked quite relieved at the final whistle.

Australia vs Canada

In a thrilling match, that reminded me a lot of our men's third round game at the 2006 World Cup, the Matildas scored an injury-time goal to secure a 2-2 draw with Canada and passage through to the quarter-finals.

Australia vs Norway

We are grouped with Norway, Ghana and Canada, with Norway tipped to win our group. We went down 0-1 quite early, but battled hard for the whole game and were rewarded with a 1-1 draw, following a wonderful goal from Lisa De Vanna with just a few minutes to go.

Australia vs Ghana

With none of the publicity that our men get, our women's national team has qualified for their fourth World Cup. Like our men going into the 2006 World Cup, our women were yet to win a game at the finals.

But that all changed tonight. We demolished Ghana 4-1. I didn't see a lot of the game, despite it being on free-to-air, but the highlights suggest we played quite well.

Grand Final Loss

My mighty SUSFC Over 35s team played our Grand Final today. Sadly we weren't good enough on the day and lost 1-2. I was a bit surprised that I wasn't more disappointed. I think this is a reflection of the fact that we basically play for fun these days. Sure winning is more fun than losing, but the mood at our post-match dinner at our club pub suggests we weren't too fussed. We did have a very enjoyable season. And that's the important thing. Maturity at last :)

A-League Version 3

I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the Chairman's Box for the first match of the third season of the A-League (Version 3 according to the marketeers). Sydney FC took on the Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium last Friday evening in wet conditions.

I've decided to try and follow the league a bit more this year. To this end I bought myself a Sydney FC scarf.

Asian Cup Wrap

Now that the tournament is over, it's time to reflect on Australia's performance. Our ledger was the same as the World Cup, ie. one win, one draw and one loss in the group stage, second in our group and a narrow loss in the first knockout stage. However, few supporters would rate the performance as anywhere as good.

Iraq Wins The Asian Cup

Iraq defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in normal time to claim their first Asian Cup title. A little surprising perhaps, but I'm pleased as I was barracking for them.

Asian Cup Semi-Finals

The Asian Cup semi-finals, sans Australia, were played overnight. Saudi Arabia defeated Japan 3-2 in normal time, while Iraq defeated South Korea on penalties after the match finished 0-0.

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