Richard Farley for Soccer Gods:
There’s something cosmically wrong about a host nation starting a major tournament on a sour note. While that may be unjust to the other team unlucky enough to be drawn into the opening match, a home crowd’s sadness on Day 1 can only be appreciated by a Pixar villain, or one of those assholes who still doesn’t “get” puppies (there’s nothing to get, they’re just perfect).
Thus, when this morning’s reports out of Australia started hinting at an easy 4-1 win over Kuwait to open the Socceroos’ 2014 Asian Cup (and, open the entire tournament), it was natural to think “yes, this is how it should be.” But consistent with how the team has fared since Ange Postecoglou was drawn into national team duty shortly before the World Cup, effort and pride tried to mask some obvious frailties. Today, the hosts just happened to be going up against an inferior opponent.