New Zealand 2, Mexico 4 (Mexico won 3-9 on aggregate)
Estadio Westpac, Wellington, November 20 2013
Yesterday I learned ten things.
1. I learned that 35,000 people in a stadium who know their team is going to lose before a ball is even kicked can still have a good time and go down with dignity.
2. I learned that after the pain of South Africa 2010, I’m ready to cheer for the All Whites again.
3. I learned that Mexico is better at football right now than the world might think they are.
4. I learned that unless the new coach is recruited straight out of Hogwarts, New Zealand has more catching up to do than some of their fans think they do.
5. I learned that if you give Wellington one effing job, and one job only, such as making the weather as cold, wet and windy as possible to make our opponents miserable, they can’t even do that right.
6. I learned that a Mexican wave can be socially acceptable at a football game, but only if there are actual Mexicans present.
7. I learned that Mexicans are much more obsessed with Lord of the Rings than we are.
8. I learned that when a team losing 1-8 on aggregate scores from the penalty spot, it can still bring the house down.
9. I learned that there is no footballing loss so big that it can’t be made better by a plate of Conchiglia Carne at Raf de Gregorio’s Pizzeria Napoli afterwards.
10. I learned that football is the best sport on earth by a margin so wide that the sheer vastness of it rivals even the eternal emptiness between Paolo Di Canio’s ears.
Categories: All Whites
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