Germany vs Italy: semi-live blogging
Feeling too tensed watching the Germany v Italy semi-final. Trying my hand at some live-blogging (sort-off).
After about 32 minutes – the game seems evenly matched, although I have to admit that Italy has had slightly better chances.
33min40sec: Schneider misses the best chance so far in the game to score – hits over the bar!!
German third not playing up to mark ! The passing between Klose and Podolsky is absent. Ballack not doing much either. Borowski has been the best German player so far.
39′ : good acting by Totti draws the yellow against Borowski…btw the card was probably called for.
UPDATE (the day after): All-right, y’all know what happened in the game. My first attempt at live-blogging was a damp squib – a friend came over to watch the game with me in the second half and he was supporting Italy. So time was spent arguing with him. After that I was drowning my sorrows with beer (some very good German wheat beer) and bratwursts – and some nice fireworks to wrap up the evening.
The German team played beyond expectations, spurred on by an enthusiastic coach and I am looking forward to them doing well in Euro 2008 (Austria/Switzerland).
The Italians displayed an extremely skilfull brand of football yesterday and deserved the victory. It pains me to say this, but that first goal in the 118th minute was a beauty – an unhurried pinpoint pass inside the box and a perfect shot – with enough power and the right amount of curl to beat the outstretched hands of Lehmann and sling into the net. My problem with the Italians has mostly been with the dour defensive strategy they adopt – especially if they go up early. That and their propensity to dive rather theatrically on the field. The theatrics continued (although last night, some of the Germans were guilty of it too), but this team has been different strategy-wise. With the exception of the matches against the US and Australia, they have played a visually pleasing, attacking football. Good luck to them in the finals. But I will probably be supporting whoever wins today.