What a final...if not in terms of quality, definitely in terms of drama.
And yes Italy deserved it.
First let me tell you one thing if any player other than Cannavaro wins Golden Ball it would be absolutely shocking and insane.
Probably Pirlo and Buffon would come close. Zidane blew his chances ( I really feel sorry for him .He definitely was one of the best players ever. When he was in his prime form no other player could match even half of his class).
Ok, Italy weren't as positive as they were in previous matches but still they were gritty and resolute.
In 2nd half Italians totally lost their concentration .They were giving wrong passes all over the pitch and lost possession very easily.But one thing which was brilliant as always was defence. The only player who could have stopped Zidane and Henry was Cannavaro.France looked pretty good in latter half of the game and made some good moves but all that translated into only one descent shot on goal...Zidane's fiery header which was brillianlty saved by the best goalkeeper in the world.Now if you look at Italy , Toni hit the post with his header on an awesome corner kick from Pirlo( what a player he is!). And then the goal which was disallowed due to an offside decision( how close was it! especially when Toni himself didn't look offside).
Although Toni was involved in both the goal scoring opportunities I would have loved Gilardino coming on later for him.
What makes this victory special for Italy is that half of their players are uncertain of their future.Guess the crisis and controversies brings out the best in Italians( same happened in 1982!).And wow!Italy won on penalties ...Finally.
And all this while Italy was playing without Alessandro Nesta( He was out of knockout stage due to injury).He is one of my favourite players and is largely considered to be the best defender in the world!!. Italy without Nesta is like France without Henry.And could you believe it even without Nesta Italian defense was so damn scary. Materazzi did play his part quite well.
Lippi was as tactical and as intelligent as any coach can get.
And finally i would say it again ...where is Totti...my fav. midfield player??? Hopefully he'll come back when he is fully fit.
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