Originally Posted by manicturncoat
That said, the French did have us against the ropes for most of the second half and part of the extra time. I find they may have had more luck with Trezeguet who is always looking to shoot rather than Henry who dribbles around spectacularly but in the end always met an Italian cleat. We coud not have won without the heroics of Cannavaro and the French would have been at a great disadvantage without Makelele, who essentially took Totti out of the game, which made it very difficult for us to move the ball forward.
Zidane's head butt left everyone in shock, what is ironic is that Materazzi is one of the most violent players in Italy a real "scarpone" as we say, now transformed into a national hero. I heard he called him a "terrorist" and who knows what else for 120 minutes but Zidane must know, with his experience, that only he will be punished for a loss of composure, an unforgivable mistake for a professional playing at that level with so much at stake.
IMO, this is a very astute assesment of last evenings match. While Totti is not anywhere near 100% yet, Makelele did an excellant job in neutralizng him - a very quiet match for Francesco.
Materazzi is a notorious 'hardman', and I would not put it past him to say the most despicable things imaginable - still, Zidane has heard it all before and his loss of composure was inexcusable. I think rdawson asked about Materazzi's club: Inter Milan's tifosi are infamous for their rascist taunting (they reduced a Messina defender to tears this season), and the club enjoys the support of many Lega Nord (northern Italian separatist group) members, but this problem is present in many of the curvas (ends) throughout Serie A (including, sadly, AS Roma's).
Is there anyone else who felt ZZ might actually have been holding back a little? From the look on his face I thought he fully intended to administer a real Glaswegain kiss (i.e. splatter the nose), and pulled back at the last minute..
I am particularly proud if Perrotta's indefatigable play, as well as De Rossi's composure from the spot after his elapsed ban...
Trivia question: what do Simone Perrota and England's WC hero Geoff Hurst have in common?CAMPIONE DEL MONDO - GRAZIE ITALIA!