Sunday, July 09, 2006

Italy Wins World Cup

Despite being outplayed for most of the match and looking less fit than the French, the Italians won their 4th World Cup title (out of 18 World Cups). They did so on penalty kicks -- the most ridiculous way to settle the greatest championship in all sports.

Too bad most of the talk will be on Zinedine Zidane's red card in overtime. He deserved it but it had nothing to do with the outcome of the match. France still created the action. The Italians sat back and defended -- why not with Cannavaro, Materazzi and Buffon defending and tending goal. On PKs, France was solid, less one PKs. None of this means Zidane, the tourny MVP (Golden Shoe) would have made his instead of Trezeguet's miss.

Italy won, fair and square. Congrats!

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