The Olyroos pulled off an upset for the ages in opposition to Argentina on the Olympics, however they’ll depend themselves fortunate after they had been on the beneficial finish of a controversial refereeing determination.
Australia’s under-23 aspect defeated the South American soccer giants 2-0 on Thursday evening (AEST) in an enormous boilover, as they appear to progress from the so-called “group of death” with Argentina, Spain and Egypt.
But it may have been a really completely different story if Argentina hadn’t been diminished 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 suitable hand aspect.
But it was the second yellow card that had even Australia soccer followers scratching their heads.
As the gamers had been jostling within the box for the next free kick, Ortega tangled with Riley McGree and referee Srdan Jovanovic had seen sufficient, displaying Ortega his second yellow and a pink card to provide him in marching orders.
In actuality, it was barely greater than some affordable push and shove between defender and attacker and from that second on, the match shifted in Australia’s favour.
Fans and specialists had 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,” knowledgeable commentator Andy Harper added.
Argentina got here out firing within the second half and it regarded like they could be capable of degree issues up, however taking part in a man down proved too tough.
Their destiny was sealed when Olyroos super-substitute Marco Tilio scored an absolute screamer from effectively exterior the box within the eightieth minute, simply seconds after he had come on to the sphere.
As a lot as Australia deserves to rejoice the momentous outcome in opposition to a world-class opponent, the variety of yellow playing cards handed out to the Olyroos will be a significant concern going into Saturday’s match with Spain.
There had 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, which means a second in one other match will lead to a one-game suspension.
But that’s an issue for one more day. The Olyroos need to rejoice this actually monumental efficiency.