What Can You Say About That?
What a crazy World Cup Final! I fancied the Italians before the game but it was the French who finished the game stronger and probably should have won the game before penalties. But what most people will talk about is the moment of sheer madness from Zinedine Zidane in the 110th minute.
After a seemingly nothing incident with Marco Materazzi the French captain just turned to the tall Italian defender and gave him a vicious headbutt to the chest!
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw the incident – totally insane!
And the more you see it the worse it gets!
It is debatable whether Zidane’s absence would have made a difference to the penalties but he would have surely taken one and we’ll never know if it would have changed the outcome.
The fact is that the Italians are now World Champions which is an amazing achievement considering all the turmoil that’s happening back home.
And Fabio Cannavaro lifts the World Cup after winning his 100th cap for Italy.
And for Thierry Henry another major final ends in cruel defeat.
First he suffered to the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League Final after leading for so long with 10 men and then tonight he lost out on his second World Cup trophy on penalties.
The 2005/2006 season ends in despair for Titi.
And I have to say I haven’t been a fan of Raymond Domenech’s tactics used for Franch and Thierry Henry throughout the tournament.
Henry has been so isolated in every World Cup game it was untrue. Because of Zidane’s age and lack of pace he never got close enough to Titi to give him any real support and the wide players Ribery and Malouda are very average players.
France really missed a player like Pires who would have given France so much more creativity in a 5 man midfield.