So, as far as anyone can guess, Canada’s winning percentage in games where a mango lady is nearly struck by a ball stands at .000.
But, Tuesday’s must-win-or-draw game against Cuba in the CONCACAF Futsal Championship gave us a few minutes of outstanding drama.
With just a little more than six minutes left to play, Canada was down 5-1 to the Cubans. To qualify for the Futsal World Cup for the first time since 1989, Canada needed a draw or a win. It was surely a bridge too far.
And, after going up 5-1 a few minutes earlier, the Cubans celebrated mightily on the court, in front of the Canadians.
In the 34th minute, Freddy Moojen scored twice. Then Vahid Assadpour scored in the 36th to make it 5-4. With goalkeeper Joshua Lemos added to the fray as a fifth attacker, all of the momentum looked to be going Canada’s way. It felt like one of those great sport dramas that are the stuff of Scott Young books and Canadian Tire commercials; cocky opposition celebrates a sure win in front of your bench before the final whistle — so you get off the deck and come back.
Read the rest of this entry »