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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Interesting soccer/football incident

Before I leave for office in the morning, I try to catch a bit of World Cup Soccer action and get the update on the score. Today morning, there were 2 matches going on in parallel :

Angola - Iran
Mexico - Portugal

When I started watching, Portugal was leading Mexico 2 goals to 1. In the other match, Angola was leading Iran 1 goal to 0. If the score would have remained at this, Angola would advance to the 2nd round and Mexico would be out. On the other hand, if Iran / Mexico scored in the remaining 15 minutes, then Mexico would advance to the 2nd round. So, it was indeed a difficult time for Mexico :). Within 10 minutes, Iran scored a goal and equalized with Angola - that left Mexico a tense last 5 minutes to play out - either no more goals should be conceded or they score 1 more goal or just hope that the score lines remain as it was. After 5 more minutes, that is how the scoreline remained :

Portugal 2 Mexico 1
Angola 1 Iran 1

Thus, Portugal and Mexico made it to the 2nd round.

What is interesting is that at the same time, our Mexican housecleaner, Jose, landed up for his appointment to cleanup our house. Seeing him all dressed up in Mexican jersey, I could understand that he was visibly tensed up because he was unsure that Mexico would make it to the 2nd round. Once the match was over, I told him the news about Mexcio scraping through to the 2nd round and boy! - he was really thrilled - he gave out a sigh of relief, thanked the gods, called up his relatives/friends to confirm/pass on the news :). I just felt that I had done some good to someone on my Birthday :).

Sports is such a great leveller indeed !

Cheers,
Thyaga

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