Monday, September 20

The Hitchcockian, once in a lifetime night of football

They say a truly classic football match can be seen once in a full-moon but on that historic night, it occurred twice in the space of a few hours

On the morning of 29th June, 2021, I woke up with sheer disbelief, felt like a hungover and was recalling what happened last night.

I was sure, most of the football fans around the world felt the same as they were spellbound by the most astonishing, surreal, once in a lifetime football night.

It was tantamount to the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock aka the king of suspense, but even the great British auteur director might have been awed by sheer thrill, the saga of comebacks, display of every possible human emotions, triumph of will and tenacity, and the exuberance which mesmerized the world.

And it was not for once, but twice.

They say a truly classic football match can be seen once in a full-moon but on that historic night, it occurred twice in the space of a few hours.

It would be redundant to recall the results of those unforgettable Euro 2020 matches as everyone, even that hapless friend of mine, who slept and became dumbfounded in the morning, knows Switzerland stunned world champions France by accomplishing a remarkable comeback from a two-goal deficit in the last 10 minutes before winning it on tie-breaker.

The joy of the belligerent Swiss side created the avalanche of joy and nothing may better illustrate sheer passion of the game than the images of one of their fans.

That anonymous fan, who was seen crying in despair when his team were on the brink of loss, all of a sudden started to roar tearing up his robes when his side completed the remontada, achieving the impossible.

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