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Italy vs. Ukraine

A much better game than the Quarter Final opener with Germany and Argentina. The Italians reclaimed whatever pride was lost in their match against Australia, with three stunning goals. A very strong showing by the Italians, with their incredible defensive strategy and a much better attacking one since the last game. Ukraine was the team that looked underclassed here. Quite a physical team too. Gattuso just had the worst luck with injuries in the first half because of it. Buffon's head smacking into the pole was not really anyone's fault, but is probably a testament to his all out style of play -- it looked painful, and he still saved the ball first. There was a great run by Camoranesi in the second half too that took about four Ukrainians to take down, which I thought was awfully cool. The Italians definitely showed they have the better style, but again, Ukraine did seem underclassed rather than an equal -- they will face Germany next.

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mekkavandexter
Jul. 1st, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
this portugal england game is KILLING ME.
vampyrichamster
Jul. 1st, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
You and me both, mekmek. I've just about given up trying to watch the bloody thing. It's so slow. They're just aching to end this on penalty shootouts. Someone must score soon or I will roll over from the boredom!
mekkavandexter
Jul. 1st, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
i know! they all get near the goals and then nothing! I am upset about Rooney. Football penalties are so weird.
vampyrichamster
Jul. 1st, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Penalties are weird and bad things, as we have just seen. Poor Englund. They did fight their damndest at the end.
mekkavandexter
Jul. 1st, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
they did. now i have to find replacements for my homelands to root for. boo.
vampyrichamster
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ay, yes. I do forget, Canada's in the same boat as the Ozzies sometimes. :)

*evilness, requiring severe and Looney Tunes-style malleting* May I suggest rooting for Brazil, to whom fans of other nations usually maintain a dual-loyalty for?
mekkavandexter
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, i was considering brazil, but it seems such an easy choice ;)
vampyrichamster
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Well, you could vote for someone more...obscure...but no less frightening. France, for example, er...what's the Canadian opinion of them? ;)
misatojaganshi
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
the first half of that game was terrible!!! but after rooney got kicked out it got exciting 8D;
vampyrichamster
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
*LOL* I was just saying that in your other comment! ;)
I nearly gave up after the first half, like, walk away and do some work instead. Man, Brazil need to do something good, or we will have had an entire Quarter Finals of pretty blah matches.
misatojaganshi
Jul. 1st, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
this brazil match is killing meeeeeeee. they need to find their groove like NOW!
vampyrichamster
Jul. 1st, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
They played a pretty defensive game, ya. On the other hand, the French knew all their weak spots and were attacking them pretty hard. They couldn't move from their own side without the French swooping in!
misatojaganshi
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
omg i missed that part when he knocked his head into the pole O.O;
but today i saw rooney smash some guy's balls. terrible!!
vampyrichamster
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Terrible! He deserved the red card. And the English even got better after he left. It seems that the most terrible thing anyone can do to the English is back them into a corner.
misatojaganshi
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
yah their defense really stepped up :O! i was impressed with them today ^^
crouch is scary omg ;.;
vampyrichamster
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Crouch is tall, for a guy called Crouch. O_o
And I was impressed with them, also. They were really defending to the last drop of blood, and it was sad when Ferdinand just broke down and cried at the end.
misatojaganshi
Jul. 1st, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
yah seeing grown men cry is hard ;.;
romantisttaste
Jul. 2nd, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
I REALLY enjoyed that match. Finally I could see again the real Italian style. Me and my father were waiting for that :3 And Buffon... nothing more to say, he's a god m(_ _)m
vampyrichamster
Jul. 2nd, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Glad to know you caught this one too! It was a great match. I hope they do good against Germany, who haven't been the greatest team so far. I actually think the Germans have gotten this far mostly from luck. They may not deserve to win this World Cup. :/

So if the Italians keep up this style, they can definitely do better than the host nation!
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