Saturday, June 21, 2008

Euro 2008: France Vs Italy

Aint surprised at all by the outcome of this one. France never really looked up to the challenge and avenge the loss to the Azzuris 2 years back. Even though they lost this do or die battle with Italy, one positive that came out was an inspirational performance by Karim Benzema. The loss of Frank Ribery in the first quarter sealed the fate of the French. They never deserved to be in the competition in the first place. And they surely missed their ageing warhorse Lilian Thurram, who along with Makelele have hung their boots after the loss... finally!
Italy too deserves no place in the quarter finals. Luca Toni, I believe has got more chances than any striker in this tournament yet he failed to score even once. Their midfield is no good either. Pirlo played in patches not quite the Pirlo of World Cup 2006.
Overall, an average match by two of my old time favorites.

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