In last night’s World Cup game Chile beat Australia 3-1, after going two goals up after just 14 minutes, and one of Australia’s substitutes in the second half was a certain 25 year-old James Troisi.
James Troisi - in training with Australia earlier this week
It looked like Chile were going to walk away with this game after their strong start, but Australia settled down well and after 35 minutes Tim Cahill got one of those headers of his, when he out jumped the center-back and guided the ball in to the back of the net – and 34 year-old Tim has always been one of the best headers in football.
And in the second half it looked like Tim – who is now at NY Red Bulls – had scored the equalizer with another good header, but he was just offside and Australia pressed for the equalizer, but then Chile got their third goal very late in the game (90 minutes), but it was a great effort by Australia.
But it was good to see James Troisi again, and he was at Newcastle in 2007 when he signed his first professional contract in Jnauary of that year, but James – then just 18 – stayed only a year before he moved to Gençlerbirligi Spor Kulubu in Turkey and then played at Kayserispor, also in Turkey.
In 2012 he moved to Italian second division club Atalanta, and last season he was on loan at Melbourne Victory, where the forward scored 12 goals in 28 appearances.
It’s good to see former Newcastle youngsters reappearing on the world stage, and the Adelaide-born former Magpie now has 11 caps for Australia.
Of course the big shock yesterday in the World Cup was the Netherlands taking Spain apart 5-1, with four unanswered second half goals, and Tim Krul was seen on the bench in that game.
Spain reminded us of Italy four years ago – their players are just too old now and certainly not as good as they once were – but they can still qualify for the knockout rounds by beating Chile and Australia in their group.
And talking of Italy, England play them tonight in their first Group D game – that should be some game.