The Olyroos pulled off an upset for the ages in opposition to Argentina on the Olympics, however they’ll rely themselves fortunate after they have been beneficial finish of a controversial refereeing choice
Australia’s under-23 aspect defeated the South American soccer giants 2-0 on Thursday night time (AEST) in an enormous boilover, as they give the impression of being to progress from the so-called “group of death” with Argentina, Spain and Egypt.
But it might have been a really totally different story if Argentina hadn’t been decreased to 10 males on the stroke of halftime.
Argentinian defender Francisco Ortega was given two yellow playing cards in as many minutes.
The first was justifiable, after Ortega took out Nathaniel Atkinson, who was making an attacking run down the best hand aspect.
But it was the second yellow card that had even Australia soccer followers scratching their heads.
As the gamers have been jostling within the field for the following free kick, Ortega tangled with Riley McGree and referee Srdan Jovanovic had seen sufficient, exhibiting Ortega his second yellow and a pink card to present him in marching orders.
In actuality, it was barely greater than some cheap push and shove between defender and attacker and from that second on, the match shifted in Australia’s favour.
Fans and consultants have been very unimpressed with the referee’s efficiency.
“This referee hasn’t had a great one,” Channel 7 commentator Brenton Speed stated.
“I think this will be his one and only Olympic finals match given the send off, which was a very, very poor decision,” skilled commentator Andy Harper added.
Argentina got here out firing within the second half and it regarded like they could have the ability to stage issues up, however taking part in a person down proved too troublesome.
Their destiny was sealed when Olyroos super-substitute Marco Tilio scored an absolute screamer from nicely outdoors the field within the eightieth minute, simply seconds after he had come on to the sector.
As a lot as Australia deserves to have fun the momentous end result in opposition to a world-class opponent, the variety of yellow playing cards handed out to the Olyroos can be a serious concern going into Saturday’s match with Spain.
There have been yellow playing cards galore as trigger-happy referee Jovanovic wasn’t afraid to crack down on challenges from each groups, with a number of Australians proven a yellow in the course of the sport.
The playing cards carry over within the event, that means second in one other match will lead to a one-game suspension.
But that’s an issue for one more day. The Olyroos should have fun this really monumental efficiency.