Euro 2012: There are casualties in every struggle

2012-06-25 15:07

My left eye was screwed shut in a desperate bid to focus after throwing a gallon of Milk Stout Draught – punctuated by a horde of Jägermeisters – down my neck during the 120 minutes of playtime.

It was worth it. Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon went to his left and nailed Ashley Cole’s dribble of a shot.

The Engerland fans in Durban’s Keys on Florida wailed and screamed and frothed at the mouth as though they’d been tazered by a crew of overzealous bouncers.

Grinning like a Patagonian toothfish, I took a big gulp of the black nectar and tried focusing on the big screen with my right.

I realised it wasn’t working and went left. Unlike Cashley, it worked.

And unlike Cashley – and Engerland – Alessandro Diamanti shone and hammered it home past Joe Hart.

The gods of football had spoken and had made a pre-emptive strike against what was looking to be another crime against the beautiful game.

Engerland were justifiably going home after playing for penalties from the starting whistle against a team who’d taken 35 shots on goal against Le Rosbif’s paltry nine.

I lurched to my feet in delight, baying like a man possessed, hundreds of years of oppression by the Engerlish colonial masters obliterated by Diamanti’s killer shot.

My stout went flying as I stumbled into the table, half of it ending up on the front of my jeans.

No sweat – there are casualties in every struggle. Engerland were going home. The defeat could have been against the Outer Mongolian jukskei squad and it would have tasted just as good.

Enough tribalism for now. There are two marvellous semis to see us through the week and the biggie at the weekend.

My reasonably hard-earned dinars are on the Germans for the cup, although my heart is with Spain.

With no David Villa in the squad, Spain – like Barcelona last season – lack the assassin element.

Germany’s murderous. They’re hideously talented, they’re thorough, organised and play at pace for 90 minutes. Their defensive unit’s impeccable.

Between games the extremely talented bluesman Albert Frost will be doing his thing around Durban for the course of the week.

Frost’s been around on the blues scene for years and is up for it. No early morning jobs for me this week.

Frost will be playing at the Upstairs at Spiga d Oro on Tuesday night at 7pm, which sounds like a goodie – the gig’s during Schabir Shaik’s lockdown hours to make things even better.

Frost will also be at Summerhill Guest Lodge, Jackie Horner’s Pub and Grill and a few other places.

Apparently some of the gigs are with Ard Matthews, so here’s hoping they don’t play the national anthem.

Details of the gigs are available on Frost’s Facebook page.

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