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SI's take on the game
« on: November 10, 2005, 02:49:02 PM »
Written by SI's Mark Bechtel

Intercontinental playoff: Trinidad and Tobago vs. Bahrain
How They Got Here

Trinidad and Tobago (ranked No. 56 in the world): Finished fourth in CONCACAF
 

 
Bahrain (No. 53): Finished third in Group B in Asia; beat Uzbekistan on away goals when their playoff finished 1-1

Head-to-Head: Believe it or not, they've never met.

How They're Playing

Trinidad and Tobago: In 1990, the Soca Warriors needed a draw at home against the U.S. in their final qualifier to make it to their first World Cup. They lost 1-0. In October they were in a similar situation, knowing they likely needed a win against Mexico in their last game to book passage to that elusive first Cup. This time they got it, thanks to two Stern John goals.

They edged out Guatemala, a team that beat them 5-1, for the playoff spot, despite having an overwhelmingly negative goal difference. That doesn't bode well, but they have been playing better since head coach Leo Beenhakker took over in April (shortly after the Guatemala debacle), and with John and Dwight Yorke up top, T&T has a striker partnership that a lot of teams ranked ahead of it in the FIFA world rankings would gladly take.

Bahrain: Needing a scoreless draw, and with its top two strikers hurt, Bahrain got the result it needed against Uzbekistan, going through on the away goals rule. That demonstrates some resolve and some pluck. Alas, their play prior to that suggests that the Bahrainis are in over their collective head. They advanced to their playoff with Uzbekistan by virtue of finishing third in a four-team group, winning just once in six games.

They have, however, been steadily improving for the past couple of years, advancing to the semifinals of the '04 Asian Cup, where they wowed onlookers all tournament long with their flashy offensive displays. (FIFA named Bahrain the most improved team of 2004.) The defense wasn't so flashy, though, and they lost 4-3 to Japan in the semis. In their last round of World Cup qualifying, they played it much closer to the vest, scoring just four goals and conceding only seven in their six games.

Player to Watch

Trinidad and Tobago: John was the second-leading scorer in CONCACAF during qualifying, netting 12 goals to run his tally to a remarkable 64 in 89 games for his country. Yorke might not be the threat he was with Manchester United, but he can still find the net.

The key performer, though, could be the man who sets them up, midfielder Russell Latapy, whom Yorke recently coaxed out of international retirement. He's 37 and he smokes a pack of butts a day, but the Little Magician, who was on the pitch for that fateful game against the U.S. in 1989, is still, well, magical. (He's been playing especially well for Falkirk of the Scottish Premier League.) His presence takes some pressure off of Yorke and John -- they can worry less about creating chances and concentrate more on finishing the ones Latapy sets up.

Bahrain: Dynamo Kiev striker Maksim Shatskikh, who missed the second leg of the Uzbekistan playoff, has recovered from the virus that kept him out. But the key for Bahrain could be striker Alaa Hubail, who played sparingly in the first leg and not at all in the second after missing eight months with an injury. I'd be lying if I said I've seen him play, but everywhere you look, someone is calling him "talismanic," which is a good thing. And he was the co-leading scorer in the '04 Asian Cup.

The Call

If Bahrain reverts to its freewheeling ways -- its last two games in the '04 Asian Cup featured 13 goals and three dismissals -- this could be better than anything UEFA has to offer. Trinidad and Tobago definitely benefits from playing the first leg at home, since Bahrain faces two transcontinental flights in the space of a week.

Between Bahrain's jet lag and the presence of Latapy, Yorke, John and Beenhakker, T&T should finally make it to its first World Cup. It will win 3-1 at home and draw 2-2 on the road, getting in 5-3 on aggregate.

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2005, 02:59:04 PM »
Ist game correct - 3:1...trinidad
2nd game - 1:0....trinidad


thats my prediction
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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2005, 02:59:42 PM »
   Mark Bechtel seems to be quite knowledgeable and smart. Good report keep up the good work, Mark. 3-1 and 2-2 hmmmm.

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2005, 03:13:37 PM »
  Mark Bechtel seems to be quite knowledgeable and smart. Good report keep up the good work, Mark. 3-1 and 2-2 hmmmm.

Jason.

Yes but Maksim Shatskikh is from Uzbekistan so he lorse all credibility right dey when he talk bout players to watch....
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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2005, 03:15:27 PM »
Bahrain gettin more licks dan dat once dey in D JEP NEST ask mexico and guatemala, and to be honest stern yorke and latapy are our top players but i think u should review the mexico game and look for a red man name carlos edwards and also look out ottis "2 name" seaton lolol

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2005, 03:26:50 PM »
yeah but the man get we ranking wrong dredd

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2005, 03:54:57 PM »
TT 2-0 in th first leg

and 1-1 in the second.

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2005, 03:56:41 PM »
Dat man just relaying news from somewey else. ?How he could be a sportswriter and not know dat Shatsky from Uzbekistan? De man was hittin posts in all de highlights and is a real outstanding player. However, he right with one thing; is licks in Bahrain arse. ;D
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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2005, 04:03:18 PM »
 :rotfl: dem player to watch doh even play for dem
what kind of shit side allyuh sending bah bah??

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2005, 05:00:10 PM »
he is a prophet yes!!


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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2005, 06:18:09 PM »
  Mark Bechtel seems to be quite knowledgeable and smart. Good report keep up the good work, Mark. 3-1 and 2-2 hmmmm.

Jason.

Not bad. A few mistakes, the Uzbeki striker and the fact that Yorke no longer plays up with Stern.


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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2005, 08:12:03 PM »
aye latas does really smoke dat much?

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2005, 08:14:52 PM »
aye latas does really smoke dat much?

Latas say he does smoke "only 8-10 cigarettes a day"....so daz bout a halfpack a day
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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2005, 09:45:58 PM »

Latas say he does smoke "only 8-10 cigarettes a day"....so daz bout a halfpack a day



what an example to set


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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2005, 06:23:57 AM »
lungs have a way of giving up whenever they feel like without warning....all dem smokers beware

one man say a cigarette is "tobacco wrapped in paper with fire on one end and a fool at the other end"

it doh matter anyway cause is licks de bam bam asre going and comin!

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2005, 06:34:37 AM »
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Trinidad and Tobago: In 1990, the Soca Warriors needed a draw at home against the U.S. in their final qualifier to make it to their first World Cup. They lost 1-0. In October they were in a similar situation, knowing they likely needed a win against Mexico in their last game to book passage to that elusive first Cup. This time they got it, thanks to two Stern John goals.


If you want to be real picky, in his first line he says we played the US in 1990, when it was really 1989...

I cyah get ANY work done today...

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2005, 08:44:59 AM »
Whole semester them students bawling bout how i always coming to class.  well this week coming up here is no class wednesday..and none friday if and when we qualify

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2005, 08:57:11 AM »
de man get the rankings wrong.tnt 53 bahrain 56.
soon ah go b ah lean mean bulling machine.

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Re: SI's take on the game
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2005, 09:53:28 AM »
3-0 TNT at Home
0-0 Away ;)

 

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