July 9th, 2006

Football - Underhill

Well done Italy...

Well done Italy.

France definetly had the better second half and extra time but failed to finish Italy off. Thus penalties were taken and the lottery balls rolled.

It's a shame as I felt France should have really won out of the two teams but Italy played very well too and were certainly causing France a lot of problems from set pieces!!!

I have no idea what was said between Zidane and Materazzi. I hope the situation leading up to Zidane's headbutt becomes clear as I can't imagine Zidane would have acted that way unprovoked. Even provoked it was a silly thing to do and a disappointing way to end your footballing career.

I also wonder how much the French Coach was actually involved in the team affairs. Certainly the players seemed to be talking tactics amongst themselves for the most part with Domenech standing away as a spectator.

Oh well, both teams should be happy they made it to the final as at the start of the tournament I wouldn't have put any money on them playing today!

Now we'll have to wait and see what happens in Italian football tomorrow when four of the top clubs face relegation due to match fixing and other naughtiness. Then the sale of the century will start with clubs swooping in to buy up all the players that leave the various sinking ships!