Monday, June 26, 2006

Titanic encounters- a football feast

Grand Finale - It doesn't get bigger in Sport

France vs. Italy

So it is Les Bleus vs. Azzurri. A clash which sure would have all the ingrediants for a finals. The two sides clashed in the Euro2000 finals where the French managed to win 2-1, with Trezeguet scoring the winning goal.

Match 62
Portugal vs. France
France won 1-0
Goals (Fra: Zidane (penalty))

A debatable penalty on a Carvalho challenge on Henry, was converted by the coll Zidane although the Portuguese goalkeeper came close to stopping it.
The Portuguese dominated for most part but with Figo missing a chance to equalize in the final munutes, Portugal will now have to get ready to play for the 3rd place kick-off with hosts Germany.

History remains intact.

Match 61

Germany vs. Italy
Italy won 2-0 after extra time
Goals (Ita: Grosso-1, Del Piero-1)
Heart-break for a whole which was only a minute away from penalties. Germany always had an impressive penalty record & Italy had a dismal one in WorldCups. But 2 goals in the dying minutes of extra-time sealed the German fate. The Azzurri's now reach their 6th finals.

Scars of previous tournament clashes has reappeared for Brazil and England.
Match 60
Brazil vs. France
France won 1-0
Goals ( Henry-1)
A complete different French side that played in the first two games. They dominated the Brazilians and left them shell-shocked at the end. With Zidane's magic still alive & kicking, many believe France can go all the way.

Match 59
England vs. Portugal
Portugal won on penalties 3-1 (0-0 full time)
Yet again a penalty shoot-out had decided the final outcome. This was a game market with Rooney being redcarded for pushing his Man Utd. teammate & Beckham in tears after being injured in probably his last WC finals.

Match 58
Germany won in Italia 90, time to return the favor?
Italy vs. Ukraine
Italy won 3-0
Goals (Zambrotta-1, Toni-2)
Italy have produced one of their best performances in this tournament so far. They seemed to have peaked at the right time but you'll have to wait to see if this is enough.

Match 57
Klose & the goalkeeper yet again bring Germany closer.
Germany vs. Argentina
Germany won on penalties 4-2 (1-1 full-time)
Goals ( Ger: Klose)
Heartbreak for the Argentinian fans. It was a game which was completely dominated by the Argentinians in the first half after which it was an evenly balanced contest. Yet again the team with the better goalkeeper won.

Match 56
Spain vs. France
France won 3-1
Goals (Fra: Ribery-1, Vieira-1, Zidane-1) (Esp: Villa-1)

The score line here too did reflect the entire duration of play. Both team were attacking and had a few good chances. In the end it were a few mistakes during crucial junctions that cost Spain dear. The 'perennial underachievers' lived up to their tag.

Match 55
Brazil vs. Ghana
Brazil won 3-0
Goals (Bra: Ronaldo-1, Adriano-1, Ze Roberto-1)

The score-line could be considered msileading as Ghana played their best during this game. They dominated ball possession, passes and came close to scoring a few times. But in the end it was Brazil brilliant finishing and the knowledge of winning that won them the match.

Match 54
Ukraine vs. Switzerland
Ukraine won 3-0 on penalties

None of Switzerland's three penalty-takers - Streller, Barnetta and Cabanas were able to convert their penalty shots. Ukraine's captain Shevchenko too was not able to convert his penalty but it didn't make a difference as Ukraine had managed to edge Switzerland to the quarter-finals.

Match 53
Italy vs. Australia
Italy won 1-0
Goals (Ita: Totti-1)

The game was dominated by the Australians - as illustrated by their 58% possession. Italy had another blow when they we down to 10 men in the 50th minute. However they seemed to have the last laugh in the dying second(5 seconds were remaining in the extra-time) where they won
a penalty which Totti converted.

Match 52
Portugal vs. Netherlands
Portugal won 1-0
Goals (Por: Maniche)

The game was marred by red cards. Both the team ended with 9 players each. Portugal will be missing Costinha & Deco during for their clash against England.

Match 51
England vs. Ecuador
England won 1-0
Goals (Eng: Beckham-1)

England wasn't as impressive as expected. Wonder when Lampard is going to score goals, he has had several chances. But thanks to Beckham amazing strike England are through to the quarters.

Match 50
Argentina vs. Mexico
Argentina won 2-1
Goals (Arg: Crespo-1, Rodriques-1) (Mex: Marques-1)

Both teams struck blood early and the score remained the same till full-time. Then a wonder goal from Rodriques sealed the fate of the match. There were flashes of brilliance in the passes of Argentina.

Match 49
Germany vs. sweden
Germany won 2-0
Goals (Ger: Podolski-2)

Early blows by Germany's striker Podolski proved fatal for a lacklustre Sweden. It was total dominance by the Germans. Ballack missed a few chances and will be hoping to make immense in the next few games.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The games are going to get very close now.

10:02 PM  

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