Monday, July 10, 2006

The Cup of Joy-The FIFA World Cup.

A month of staying awake into the early of hours of the morning ended today when Italy defeated France 5-3 on penalties. At the end of extra-time the score was 1-1. David Trezeguet hit the bar with his spot kick and the decisive penalty in the shootout was scored by Fabio Grosso. The worried French fans were soon cheering however when Florent Malouda drove into the box and was felled by a clumsy challenge from Materazzi.
Zidane stepped up to take the seventh-minute penalty, opting to nonchalantly dink it above the diving Gianluigi Buffon and the ball struck the bar before bouncing down behind the line to put France ahead.
Italy equalised after 19 minutes when Materazzi atoned for his earlier misdemeanour by rising magnificently above Patrick Vieira to head home an Andrea Pirlo corner from the right.

Italy erupted in joy when they were declared winners, they have won the cup 4 times now. Zinedine Zidane's head-butt an act of temporary madness led to his ignonimous exit in his final match. All said and done the Italians who were not even considered to be potential semi-finalists at the beginning have won the cup. The next cup is in South Africa and we might see some big surprises from the African continent.

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