ITALY 1-1 FRANCE a.e.t 5-3 PSO
I'm going around like a zombie today. I'm sure lots of others are too after staying up to witness the greatest show on earth: Italy vs France in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in which saw Italy recovered from the loss of an early goal to outscore France in
a penalty showdown.
For Zinedine Zidane there was double disappointment as his final ever game ended with a red card. I feel sorry for him in a way. Actually, one of the reasons I stayed up is to see him play taking into consideration that it would be his swan song on the world stage. Sad that it should end this way.
"Zidane will remember this night for as long as he lives. France had promised to repeat their success of 1998 for their retiring captain and only he will know what possessed him when he thrust his forehead into the chest of Marco Materazzi. Zidane had to go, accompanied down the tunnel by the glare of thousands and thousands of flash bulbs and the tears of the legions of French supporters."...FIFAworldcup.com
For some, there is a hint of regret that the World Cup has come to an end while for others it could not have been sooner. For me, I have enjoyed the month-long carnival, sort of, though I did not watch all the games. Still, it was a wonderful experience cheering and celebrating when countries that I supported won their game. I am disappointed though that England did not win. Oh well..
Italy are world champions for the fourth time after beating ten-man France 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Berlin's Olympiastadion on Sunday, 9 July 2006. Read about the match here...FIFAworldcup
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