They’re inherently cruel. The feeling of dread when the whistle is blown after 120 minutes is palpable. While the Vuvuzela’s continue to blare intermittently, the fans are a mess. It’s a crap shoot.
Malian goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite stole the show, making three saves to spoil the party. Seydou Keita was terrific throughout. Mali and Ghana advanced to the semifinals.
My lasting memory of this one, however, will be the South African bench. Dean Furman deserved better after playing the game of his life. His miss in the shootout will define his tournament. Micheal Majoro was going to miss. You could see it on his face. I’m having trouble recalling another match with three terribly taken penalties in one sequence.