Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Hallelluiah, its Italy in the finals

..Fabio Grosso, Alessandro Del Piero- Italy's goalscorers
I think Germany is in a state of shock, just when it looked like the match was going to go to a penalty shootout. You could almost feel Lehmann pulling out another cheatsheet on the Italian penalty takers. The stats were already flashing on the TV. Germany 4-0 and Italy 0-3 in PK shootout. 28 mins + into ET. What else could be possible??
But the number of corner kicks that Germany gave up came to haunt them. Lehmann turns Del Piero's shot out for a corner. Out of the 12 corners taken by Italy, Lehmann must have plucked at least 6 off the air. Not this one. This one was picked up by Pirlo at the top of the box. Showing amazing patience, Pirlo instead of forcing another shot on goal, waited, and slid in a perfect pass for Grosso, who curled the ball past Lehmann with his left foot with a first timer. 29 mins. Italy 1 Germany 0. The TV showed the crestfallen Klinsmann who after moping for a few seconds galvanized himself into action by windmilling his arms towards the Italian goal. Odonkor chased the ball but the rest of the German squad could not catch up and the opportunity was lost.
Back came the Italians, and this time Gilardino was the playmaker slipping in a sweet little pass for Del Piero to bury the ball at the left hand corner of the goal. 30+ mins Italy 2 Germany 0.
In a minute's time, the fate of this match was sealed. Marcelo Lippi over the top claim that Juventus had never lost in Dortmund, his favorite stat was all that was needed. And Fabio Grosso did not have to resort to cheap theatrics to get his goal, a beauty. Grosso is a defender but he could have been Paolo Rossi, Roberto Baggio, or Salvatore Schillaci, the way he played that ball, with a natural strikers instinct, a goal that these three great Azzurris would have been justly proud of. The Italians are in the finals and now 11 goals have been scored of 10 men. This is teamwork.
Lippi's substitutions were inspired. He brought in Gilardino for Toni, Del Piero for Perotta, and Iaquinta for Camoranesi. The three made an immediate impact on attack. Iaquinta was specially difficult to get a hold of, and ran around Mertesacker, Metzelder, and Friedrich. Gilardino's versatility as a creator meant that the attack did not have to go through Pirlo all the time. And Del PIero finally made good on the left with his ball control and speed. Lippi did not want to go into a penalty shootout. The last thing he wanted to was to rely on a game of chance that did not favor the Italians.
But you have to ask, were the Italians knowingly holding out this long, to bury the knife into Germany? Because they could not have asked for a better finish. In the end Germany waited too long, hoping that the game would go to their strength. Ballack again disappeared for the second match in a row. Klose and Poldolski were ineffective together. In the end a couple of stats were thrown out of the window, the 13-0-1 German run in Dortmund, and the 20-0 record when Germany has Ballack in the team. This World Cup, Ballack was a disappointment. Sebastian Kehl was adequate and you could make a case that Frings was missed but I have no doubt that the result would have been the same.
Klinsmann could not have asked for more and neither could Germany. This German team was not supposed to have gone this far. This team will be around and I think German soccer will do everything to bring Klinsi back.
Andrea Pirlo was absolutely magnificent. He and Zidane have shown what a difference a versatile midfielder can make. The one thing that Pirlo and Zinedine both have in common is patience and an ability for heads up play.
The France- Portugal match will be fascinating because it will see Zidane going against Deco, another beautiful little playmaker.
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Anonymous said...

YOU GOAN PIECE OF SHIT

THE PORTUQUESE RULED YOU

THE BRITISH RULED YOU

AND NOW YOU DON'T KNOW WHO
YOU ARE

WHAT A STICKEY WICKET

WELL LET ME TELL YOU
YOU ARE A LOWER CASTE
SHIT STAIN SPAWN OF SATAN

UNDERSTOOD FOOL

NEXT PAKISTAN WILL RULE
YOUR DUMBASSES

THEY'RE MOVING TOWARD KASHMIR

Anonymous said...

YOU GOAN PIECE OF SHIT

THE PORTUQUESE RULED YOU

THE BRITISH RULED YOU

AND NOW YOU DON'T KNOW WHO
YOU ARE

WHAT A STICKEY WICKET

WELL LET ME TELL YOU
YOU ARE A LOWER CASTE
SHIT STAIN SPAWN OF SATAN

UNDERSTOOD FOOL

NEXT PAKISTAN WILL RULE
YOUR DUMBASSES

THEY'RE MOVING TOWARD KASHMIR

Anonymous said...

YOU GOAN PIECE OF SHIT

THE PORTUQUESE RULED YOU

THE BRITISH RULED YOU

AND NOW YOU DON'T KNOW WHO
YOU ARE

WHAT A STICKEY WICKET

WELL LET ME TELL YOU
YOU ARE A LOWER CASTE
SHIT STAIN SPAWN OF SATAN

UNDERSTOOD FOOL

NEXT PAKISTAN WILL RULE
YOUR DUMBASSES

THEY'RE MOVING TOWARD KASHMIR

saby said...

hehehehe
i guess Michele has been to google search


but she still got her geography mixed up

saby said...

her History too
dis is Herstory


heheheheehehehehe

Anonymous said...

THE TRUTH HURTS
AGAIN WITH THE MICHELE
I'VE TALKED WITH MICHELE
AND SHE LOVES ME BRINGING
YOU DOWN TO SIZE

SHE THINKS IT FUNNY THAT
YOU THINK ITS HER

LOWER CASTE SHIT STAIN
THINK AGAIN

Anonymous said...

DID YOU GIVE YOUR UNCLE A BLOW
JOB YET

YOU KNOW HOW CRANKY HE GETS
WHEN THOSE BIG LIPS OF YOURS

ISN'T WRAPPED AROUND HIS SYPHILLIS
GONNEREA AIDS INFECTED DICK

Anonymous said...

DID YOU GIVE YOUR UNCLE A BLOW
JOB YET

YOU KNOW HOW CRANKY HE GETS
WHEN THOSE BIG LIPS OF YOURS

ISN'T WRAPPED AROUND HIS SYPHILLIS
GONNEREA AIDS INFECTED DICK

saby said...

come on Michele
u aint fooling no one

u r definitely Mich

i dont see no penis
only Camel toe

Anonymous said...

IM A GOAN LIKE THATS SOMETHING
SPECIAL

YOU WEREN'T SPECIAL WHEN YOU
CAME INTO THIS WORLD
AND YOU'LL NEVER BE SPECIAL


YOU WERE BORN A MENTAL DEFECT
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABORTED

Anonymous said...

IM A GOAN LIKE THATS SOMETHING
SPECIAL

YOU WEREN'T SPECIAL WHEN YOU
CAME INTO THIS WORLD
AND YOU'LL NEVER BE SPECIAL


YOU WERE BORN A MENTAL DEFECT
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABORTED

Anonymous said...

IM A GOAN LIKE THATS SOMETHING
SPECIAL

YOU WEREN'T SPECIAL WHEN YOU
CAME INTO THIS WORLD
AND YOU'LL NEVER BE SPECIAL


YOU WERE BORN A MENTAL DEFECT
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABORTED

saby said...

u need to wash yr mouth wid soap Michele

besides u dont grow a penis by talking men talk

Johnny B. Good said...

hehehehe

Anonymous said...

IF ONLY YOUR MOTHER HAD A BRAIN
AND ABORTED YOU
WHY DOES THE WORLD HAVE TO SUFFER
BECAUSE OF A DOT WEARING HORE
WHO HAD THE DEVILS CHILD INSTEAD
OF ABORTING

SOME QUESTIONS IN LIFE HAVE NO
ANSWERS

WHY DOES SATAN EXIST
WHY DOES SABY EXIST

BOTH START WITH AN S
ITS NO COINCIDENCE BLOGGERS

Anonymous said...

IF ONLY YOUR MOTHER HAD A BRAIN
AND ABORTED YOU
WHY DOES THE WORLD HAVE TO SUFFER
BECAUSE OF A DOT WEARING HORE
WHO HAD THE DEVILS CHILD INSTEAD
OF ABORTING

SOME QUESTIONS IN LIFE HAVE NO
ANSWERS

WHY DOES SATAN EXIST
WHY DOES SABY EXIST

BOTH START WITH AN S
ITS NO COINCIDENCE BLOGGERS

Anonymous said...

HERE COMES THE MULTIPLE
PERSONALITIES AGAIN

WHENEVER HIS BACK IS AGAINST
THE WALL HE BECOMES
JOHNNY B GOOD
OR JULIA OR JIM
OH HELL THE LIST GOES ON

Anonymous said...

HERE COMES THE MULTIPLE
PERSONALITIES AGAIN

WHENEVER HIS BACK IS AGAINST
THE WALL HE BECOMES
JOHNNY B GOOD
OR JULIA OR JIM
OH HELL THE LIST GOES ON

Anonymous said...

IN THE BATTLE OF WITS
HE BECOMES SOMEONE ELSE

HOPING TO GAIN WIT FROM BEING
SOMEONE ELSE

BUT IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY
POOR LITTLE DUMB SHIT STAIN

HE DOESN'T REALIZE TO BE HIMSELF
BUT THEN AGAIN WHO WANTS TO
BE HIM HE DOESN'T WANT TO BE
HIMSELF BECAUSE HE HATES HIMSELF

POOR LITTLE SHIT STAIN

Anonymous said...

IN THE BATTLE OF WITS
HE BECOMES SOMEONE ELSE

HOPING TO GAIN WIT FROM BEING
SOMEONE ELSE

BUT IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY
POOR LITTLE DUMB SHIT STAIN

HE DOESN'T REALIZE TO BE HIMSELF
BUT THEN AGAIN WHO WANTS TO
BE HIM HE DOESN'T WANT TO BE
HIMSELF BECAUSE HE HATES HIMSELF

POOR LITTLE SHIT STAIN

julia said...

Go home Michele
u have been adjudged as the looser

Saby is the winner as always
Germany lost
Michele lost


if u dispute the referree take your complain to the BIFA (Bloggers India Federation for Assholes)

since u r now in India
International Norms dont apply here

India didnt sign the International Bloggers Treaty

Anonymous said...

RAT GOT YOUR TONGUE
YOU CAMELS ASS

Anonymous said...

RAT GOT YOUR TONGUE
YOU CAMELS ASS

Anonymous said...

NOW THE BASTARD HAS SLIPPED
INTO HIS DRESS AS JULIA

I THINK THIS GUY IS VERY DANGEROUS
TO THE CHILDREN OF INDIA

ONE DAY THEY'LL CONFISCATE
HIS COMPUTER AND FIND ALL
THAT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
AND BE LOCKED UP FOR THE
REST OF HIS LIFE

HE'S DAMN NEAR 60
SO HE SHOULD GO QUICK

NOTHING WORSE THAN AN OLD
GOAN FOOL

Anonymous said...

NOW THE BASTARD HAS SLIPPED
INTO HIS DRESS AS JULIA

I THINK THIS GUY IS VERY DANGEROUS
TO THE CHILDREN OF INDIA

ONE DAY THEY'LL CONFISCATE
HIS COMPUTER AND FIND ALL
THAT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
AND BE LOCKED UP FOR THE
REST OF HIS LIFE

HE'S DAMN NEAR 60
SO HE SHOULD GO QUICK

NOTHING WORSE THAN AN OLD
GOAN FOOL

Anonymous said...

NOW THE BASTARD HAS SLIPPED
INTO HIS DRESS AS JULIA

I THINK THIS GUY IS VERY DANGEROUS
TO THE CHILDREN OF INDIA

ONE DAY THEY'LL CONFISCATE
HIS COMPUTER AND FIND ALL
THAT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
AND BE LOCKED UP FOR THE
REST OF HIS LIFE

HE'S DAMN NEAR 60
SO HE SHOULD GO QUICK

NOTHING WORSE THAN AN OLD
GOAN FOOL

Anonymous said...

CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING ALMOST 60
AND SAYING AND DOING THE THINGS
THIS FOOL SAYS AND DOES

I THOUGHT YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO
GROW OLDER AND WISER

NOT AT 60 BE A DUMBASS

Anonymous said...

CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING ALMOST 60
AND SAYING AND DOING THE THINGS
THIS FOOL SAYS AND DOES

I THOUGHT YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO
GROW OLDER AND WISER

NOT AT 60 BE A DUMBASS

saby said...

Bye Michele