Well the hosts are out after two late, late, late goals from The Azzurri in extra time. Goals from Alessandro del Piero and Fabio Grosso in the 119th and 120th minute sealed the Italians place in the World Cup Final.
Before the game (whisper it), I actually wanted the Germans to win. Partly because they were the hosts, but also partly because they have really impressed me during the tournament.
While England are full of superstars and a tactially inept manager, Germany are a team full of average players who show that desire and passion can get you far – more than can be said about the England team. Sven isn’t exactly Mr Motivator.
But as the game kicked off it was clear that the Italians had the right approach to the game – it was basically the final for them.
To beat the host nation is always an uphill battle so you have to be in the right frame of mind to overcome them and with goals in the last two minutes of extra time showed they were always going to fight right until the end.
Lehmann – as throughout the World Cup – had a brilliant game, but it was just not meant to be.
The only other Arsenal news (if you can call it news) is the repeated interest from Real Madrid in Cesc.
If it isn’t Vieira it’s bloody Cesc they’re after.
Don’t get me started on Cesc moving to Real.
For starters he’s a Catalan so Real probably isn’t his favourite team in the World. Secondly, Arsenal is one of the few clubs in the World that aren’t afraid to blood youngsters and is Cesc really going to back-stab Wenger and leave? And after Arsenal fought to keep Henry there’s no way in hell that we’re going to let Cesc leave without a fight.
But then Cesc does have an agent…