Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Italy knock Germany out

Last-gasp Italy knock Germany out

Brilliant game last night...I only saw the 2nd half as I was playing was far too hot but it was still fun...up until the moment when my mate Mike Wildman belted the ball into my plumbs from about two yards. Never fun! Once I'd recovered and the game was finished it was into the pub subito for the match. Two teams playing quick, skillfull, strong, aggressive thought of holding on for pens. It was a shame there had to be a loser. In the end Italy came out for extra-time on a mission, their record on penalty shootouts is as bad as England's so they surged forward hitting the woodwork twice in 5 minutes. With 90 seconds left Pirlo took the ball at the edge of the D and rolled a fabulous through-ball to Grosso who curled it into the far corner. The pure joy scoring celebration evoked memories of Tardelli.

with Germany going forward del Piero nicked another with the last kick of the game. Heart-break for the German people who've been building in belief with every game...They've put on a great world cup so you've got to feel sorry for them although you have to wonder about the wisdom in those inflamatory pre-match articles.

So that's that one sorted tonight France take on Portugal...can't really predict that one but a France Italy final will give the Azuuri a chance for revenge for the 2000 European Championship final when France & Silvian Wiltord of all people somehow stole a win from under Italy's nose.

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