Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Adelaide United - did you see Galekovic's save? Great game

The hugely talented Nagoya Grampus - loaded with dollars as well - came to Adelaide last night and were beaten 1-0 by United in the last sixteen of the Asian Champions League.

And what a great game of football it was.

Despite the defensive nature of United there was a lot to like about the Aussies performance up against such craftsmen from Nagoya.

A-League football is coming along nicely when Iain Ramsay, Bruce Djite, Fabio Barbiero, Iain Fyfe, Dario Vidosic, Zenon Carevello and of course Eugene Galegovic are just some of the Aussies who can compete tactically and increasingly technically against the technically blessed Japanese.

Make no mistake the Japanese are years ahead in many areas, indeed would destroy United if we came out to play I suspect, but United's use of the ball, Bruce Djite, and Iain Ramsay, over and over was good to see.

Their ability to keep the ball, move it quickly at times was pleasing on the eye and the chances and opportunities created were exciting. They more than matched their Japanese counterparts at times.

Albeit without a host of luck and a fantastic keeper in Galekovic Nagoya could have been out of sight early.

I doubt United would have won away and the nature of this tense battle suggests a one off game is much better than the two legged rounds coming up.

Eugene was immense, and Bruce Djite gave enough in his performance against the Japanese World Cup keeper and defenders to suggest a more aggressive Australian attack will cause the Japanese a few problems in Brisbane next week.

Great game and a great result for Aussie football.

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