I'm sure there's a joke to be made there somewhere. "For some reason it's 'art' when Italy put 10 men behind the ball." Half-time snack alert: Not for the first time in this tournament, I'm let down in the nibbles department. Low to the keeper's right. However, Italy emerged back into the Swiss night armed for battle, with fresh impetus going forward. Spain still on top, just, but going nowhere really. 16 min: Villa has his calves clipped by Ambrosini on the edge of the box, but Herb Fandel is unmoved. "The ref, by the way, has something of a reputation for hesitating to award penalties in the Bundesliga, there were at least four matches in the past season at which he refused to penalize clear area fouls.". Free-kick. A goalless draw between France and Romania earlier in the evening had handed both teams the chance to really stamp their authority in Group C and, in the golden haze of dusk that so often accompanies the first half of a summer tournament showpiece, the Oranje shone the brightest. Let's have a late 'bom tish'. It was Van Nistelrooy who would be presented with the first major chance of the game, finding himself in behind the Italian back four and one-on-one with Gianluigi Buffon. 3-2Fabregas to win it ... GOAL! He joined German giants Bayern München last summer and the move has proved a huge success.
Just a few moments later, the Dutch doubled their lead in thrilling fashion. I've not been counting - they just popped up on screen and give some idea as to Spain's supremacy of possession. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Netherlands 3-0 Italy at Euro 2008: a Sneijder-inspired masterclass downs Donadoni’s men, Project Big Picture may be dead but revolution is now on the horizon in English football, Meet Hang Yuan FC, the club shaping the future of football in Taiwan, The unique class of Dimitri Payet, a human in a game of robots, Türkgücü: the upstarts looking to cement a new legacy in Munich’s football scene, The triumph and tragedy of Armando Picchi and Gaetano Scirea, the legendary liberos who died by 36.
"Please stop with the tedious and unfunny sarcy comments." 9 min: Silva has a pop, but it loops into Buffon's palms.
Clinging on to the back post at an Italian corner, Giovanni van Bronckhorst cleared the ball off the line and set off into the open green grass in front of him. Casillas saves well with his feet. Share on Facebook; Share on … Italy 2 euro, 2008-2020. by Семён . 2-1De Rossi (It): SAVED! The goalscoring prowess of striker Luca Toni proved crucial as he bagged a brace in the 2-0 home win over Scotland. Fabregas goes down this time, but nothing doing. The Juventus veteran had now played at four separate European Championships, equalling the record held by Lothar Matthäus and someone he was sharing a pitch with in Buffon. Thanks for all your emails, see you for the semis.
Yes. Pirlo was named man of the match. Tue 17 Jun 2008 06.21 EDT. asks Andrew Goudie. 38 min: That's more like it! I'm sure I don't know what you mean. Despite being unbeaten in three matches, they fell at the first hurdle as Sweden and Denmark finished above them. I thought I had a lovely crisp apple in my satchel.
The full-back would have had a clear sight of goal. Half-time alternatives dept. It's Villa! It drops just over the bar. As the clock ticked towards 80 minutes with Holland’s two-goal lead still intact, the Azzurri were given a free-kick in prime Pirlo position. Perrotta off, Camoranesi on. Which is why it's destined to be a dire 0-0. Half-time snack update: Chocolate mousse discovered in canteen.
Law of the sod dept. Cannavaro, by the way, lines up with his team-mates and belts out "Inno di Mameli" with great gusto. Qualification for Euro 2008 means the four-time World Cup winners – they were triumphant in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 – have reached the last four European Championship finals tournaments. ET 5 min: Casillas springs up to save Di Natale's header. Anthemwatch: There's a rather pathetic bout of whistling as the Italian anthem kicks in, which is rather disappointing. The disappointing Cassano off, Di Natale on. Good stuff. My money's on Brazil.". This is drifting into extra-time. ET 6 min: ... which Toni flicks - very cleverly - with his head. 56 min: "It's finally dawned on me that Lawro's voice is actually a digital remix of dear old Roy Kinnear's old Northern woman in his duet with Les Dawson," writes Rob Jacques. Subs: Everybody who isn't suspended. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Corner to Spain ... 77 min: ... which ends in Ramos hooking a hopeful overhead effort at goal. 72 min: Villa booked for diving in the area, but his foot slipped and it's a farcical yellow card. 2 min: Xavi - or JAAARRRVY as John Motson irritatingly calls him - spins neatly away from a couple of tackles in midfield. "Some years ago Italians players were cricticised for not singing the anthem, but since they have started doing it every time the camera zooms on them we are subjected to such a cacophony (out of tempo, wrong words, etc...) that I can picture the composer turning in its tomb. 43 min: "Why do Italy play boring football and win, but England play boring football and lose?" "I'm with Andrew Goudie on this being boring," writes Nick Einhorn. Coincidence? More chances would fall the Italians’ way too, as first Toni and then Fabio Grosso couldn’t beat the inspired retiring shot-stopper between the sticks.
18 min: Torres gets round the back on the Italian right, but Zambrotta does enough to force El Nino to shank his cross out of play.
T he first weekend of Euro 2008 came to an end with one of the heavyweight clashes of the group stages as the Netherlands faced Italy in Bern. 35 min: Spain are at least beginning to shift the ball around now, with Senna providing a solid base. Spain have done it, 4-2 on penalties. "Ferrari had a 1-2 today and Alonso was so rubbish - despite doing an outstanding lap in practice - he even finished behind his hitherto less-than-useless team-mate Piquet," writes a slightly confused Marcus Gearey. "Cracking first half, I thought," writes the clinically insane Kevin Mackenzie Spain by far the more dominant but strangely lacking in confidence. by Семён × Italy 2 euro 2008-2020. "Fortunately, in the States there's some entertaining women's golf on the neighboring channel that I'm flipping to frequently." Oh dear. Under new coach Roberto Donadoni, Italy looked far from convincing as they launched their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign by drawing 1-1 at home to minnows Lithuania and losing 3-1 away to a France side desperate for revenge after their World Cup final defeat at the hands of the Azzurri. Peep Peeeeeeep! In a move that you wouldn’t have looked out of place in a taekwondo gym, the diminutive number 10 lifted his right foot to poke the ball past Buffon at his near post and ripple the back of the black netting. ET 2 min: ... Ramos tumbles under pressure from Chiellini, but they're grappling with one another. 01:28 25/03/2016 Live EURO 2008 highlights: France 1-4 Netherlands. Does a song, by definition, have words?" Sun 22 Jun 2008 11.22 EDT The football?
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