Excellent football; young and old take Italy into the final!


Italy defeated Germany 2-0 a.e.t.
Goals: Fabio Grosso, Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)

It was an excellent game of football in Dortmund : – cautious game by both teams knowing the strengths of the opposition, a very quite first half, a speedy second half, thirty minutes of lively action in the extra time….. all the way, Germany tried their best to hold Italy, but they also couldn’t stop the Italian juggernaut. The hapless Germans met with the inevitable plight witnessing two goals in their net in the last two minutes of extra time which ensured the game will not go into the spot kicks.

Italy played the better game yesterday night. They kept their defence tight again. After a rather silent first half, the game got alive in the second but still goals evaded both sides. Grosso GoalThe Italian coach Marcello Lippi left his substitutions for the extra-time. Alberto Gilardino and Alessandro Del Piero with fresh legs took the field in the extra-time and were rocking. The extra-time started with some great attacking football by the Azzurris, with two golden chances being created. But the best part was to come last. Playmaker Andrea Pirlo read the situation pretty well and directed the ball to the left back Fabio Grosso inside the German penalty area, who then shot a rainbow ball into the far end of the net to give the Italians ecstasy. Before the Germans could come back to their senses, Del Piero shot one over the head of the German keeper Jens Lehmann into the net to seal the game. Final whistle – the young Grosso and the old Del Piero lead the Italian force into the finals!

I was surprised to see Bastian Schweinsteiger not being used in Alessandro Del PieroGermany’s starting line-up, especially in the absence of Torsten Frings. German superheroes Michael Ballack and Miroslav ‘Header’ Klose were nowhere in the picture. Italy continued without letting the opposition score and Gianluigi Buffon showed the world why he is the most-paid goal keeper in the world, with some stunning saves. There should have been a penalty each for both sides, but the referee did not yield. This game was good enough to make the doubtfuls realise how this Italian side has transformed in the last few months. It is a great defensive side, but equally lethal with its strike force. All the best to Italy for the finals! One last game, and you can make history! Go Azzurris, go….

Photos: FIFA

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