Tuesday, July 04, 2006

World Cup Update

When passion meets efficiency, you expect a difficult game to watch, with spurts of excitement followed by stretches of workingman like precision.

Italy beat Germany 2-0 in the final minute of extra time in a game that saw passion overcome efficiency, extreme heat and humidity and the home field advantage. Ironically, Italy, the team that had played wth passion all game, relied in the end on efficiency, scoring two perfectly-placed goals, the first off a set piece by Fabio Grosso, who curled a pass from Andrea Pirlo just past a diving Jens Lehmann. The second goal came on an 80 yard passing play that culminated in Alessandro Del Piero slamming a perfect shot just under the crossbar for the killer.

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