Veni Vidi Vici
4 richly-deserved stars.
Malouda won the dive-of-the-tournament award within 6 minutes, and we overcame that HUGE obstacle.
We’ve never trailed in the tournament, and most teams would have crumbled… but what did we do??? We not only rattled the cross-bar within a few minutes, but equalized soon after on a brilliant goal.
We completely shut down Zidane, dispossessing him with clean tackles (the ball doesn’t lie) –time and time again.
And then we had the misfortune of having a beautiful, valid goal disallowed. As I mentioned a bit earlier, THAT WAS THE SAME EXACT WAY FRANCE SCORED AGAINST BRASIL — VIERA WAS IN AN OFFSIDE POSITION, BUT HENRY WASN’T. So Henry’s goal counted. Today, Toni was in an onside position, but his teammate to the nearside (i.e. farther away from goal, and not interfering with play) was offside. Toni’s goal was brilliant and he was onside. It should have been 2-0 Italia. But it remained 1-1. So we headed to our old nemesis… the penalties. And what did we do? We only exorcised our biggest demon with deadly precision and poise.
But again, it never should have gone that far as we should have won 2-0.
You could slice it and dice it and talk and talk and TALK (all you Italia haters out there, too many to name names) . . . but you can never take away our FOUR hard-earned, well-deserved stars!!!! Never.
Campioni Del Mondo Italia.