New Zealand defender Winston Reid earned his first international goal and his country's first-ever World Cup point with a ferocious header in front of the goal during added time against Slovakia on Tuesday. The 1-1 draw shocked the Slovaks, who seemed certain they had three points in their clutches.
The New Zealanders, meanwhile, celebrated by ripping off their shirts - a move that earned Reid a dangerous yellow card with two matches left to play in the group stage - and generally going bonkers, as tends to happen upon scoring such a big goal. In the country's only other World Cup appearance back in 1982, they lost all three of their matches and scored just two goals while allowing 12. So this point was something special for them - something that a yellow card for celebrating without a shirt won't even begin to dampen. As you can see here ...
After the match, New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert talked about their Disney movie in the making. Via Goal.com:
"I think the nation will be in reasonably good spirits tonight," Herbert told The Times. "We keep on dreaming.
"We have a chance like everyone else.
"It would have to be the best achievement."
Slovakia manager Vladimir Weiss, meanwhile, wasn't in such a magical mood.
“Of course this is a small sporting tragedy for us,” coach Vladimir Weiss told a news conference.
“We were the better team, it is a pity we didn’t use the two good opportunities we had. Unfortunately there is also added time. [...]
“Conceding a goal in the 93rd minute is just a nightmare, I think this should not happen at this level."
Yes, teams shouldn't be allowed to score in added time. That's just far too exciting and reasonable. Seriously, though Weiss' disappointment in allowing a goal so late is understandable and excruciating for Slovakia. But for New Zealand, it's reason to party like your shirt's on fire.
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