Trinadad Show What the World Cup is All About

To all those who think soccer is all about boring nil-nil draws, they need to take a look at this match. Trinidad and Tobago somehow dug deep and outlasted an onslaught from a Sweden team that outmanned them literally and figuratively. Despite Sweden having the vast bulk of possession and countless opportunities at goal, the old man, Shaka Hislop stood firm and denied them every time.

Yes, the match of the World Cup so far was a 0-0 draw, but it was a huge moral victory for Trinidad and a tough set back for a far superior Swedish side. Even a neutral would have to have been thrilled with this match. Swedes are crushed. Trinidadians must be over the moon. Everyone else should just be gratefully happy to have witnessed it.

All the pressure was on Sweden, T and T had absolutely nothing to lose. To their credit, Sweden did everything right but put one in the net. It just wasn’t their day. It was Hislop’s. He made impossible stop after impossible stop.

I’ll raise a pint tonight for Dwight Yorke and especially Shaka Hislop for showing what the World Cup is all about. And also in cautious celebration–they just practically handed England the Group stage.