It was a match of attacking, intensity and passion. Surprisingly Mexico were pushed all the way, but they ended up breathing a sigh of relief.
We will pray for a result against hosts Russia or North American champs Mexico, while we marvel at the skill of European Champions Portugal.
A poor performance and below average recent attendance numbers have some A-League fans questioning their right to be in the league.
Oh Marco, how you were loved in New Zealand. We gave you your start. We watched you grow.