Malcolm Hayes (30), of Canterbury, in Ratbags in Dunedin
yesterday, celebrates Argentina beating the Netherlands in
the football World Cup semifinal.
Mr Hayes, the only fan at the Octagon bar wearing the
Argentine blue and white, stood staunchly for 120 goalless
minutes in the middle of 90 people, mostly Dutch supporters
swaddled in electric orange.
At the start of the penalty shoot-out, Mr Hayes' hands were
clasped behind his neck but his grip released when the
goalkeeper saved the first Dutch attempt.
When the goalkeeper denied another Dutch shot, his hands
became outstretched above his head and he hollered
''Argentina'' to the dejected Netherlands supporters.
''I've got high blood pressure,'' Mr Hayes said, ''and no