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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Forza Italia!

I had no plans to watch the Germany v Italy semi-final last night. It was an 11pm kick-off and I had been up since six yesterday morning. But 10.15 came and I was still awake so I went down to ye local club. It was full, they said, but they'd just re-opened J-Blues, a failed nightclub-type place attached to the main building. So I went in there and had my pick of the seats - there were only two other punters in the room. That soon changed as more people arrived and by the time the game started it was full, but not uncomfortably so.

And what a match! Although goalless until the dying minutes of extra time, both sides played proper football. It looked like we were going to have the almost-inevitable penalty shootout, but miraculously Fabio Grosso found the net in the last minute of extra time, and seconds later Del Piero did the same. Unbelievable!

So Germany are out, but they can be proud of their performance.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Taunted said...

So where you going for the Portugal v Italy final??

9:51 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Nowhere, but probably Jebel Ali Cloob for the France v Italy final.

9:59 am  
Blogger Duffy said...

Is it just me or was anyone else surprised by Italy? This was the first time (IMNHO) they played like a world class team.

I'll add that the officiating was much better than recent matches.

5:21 pm  
Blogger bandicoot said...

Yes, it was Italy's best performance yet, and certainly the game was a real thriller. I think there was so much praying going on to save us from the cruel fate of a peanlty shoot out that God finally decide to take mercy.

6:00 pm  
Blogger Axonsax said...

two quality sides...and it only helped to highlight the fact that England were never going to be good enough.

With the players we had we should have done better, the problem was with the England management picking the best 11 players and NOT the best England team.

I look forward to seeing France beat Portugal in about 10 minutes time.

Go TT, GO FRANCE - 2-1 in the 90; Henry first goal - get yer money on now!

10:58 pm  

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