Italy passes on penalties after dominating throughout the game, exit would only be an insult to football. England, too submissive, tried to follow the plan as Chelsea against Bayern Munich, but luck only comes once. The god of football got tired of making win teams do not play football.This game has no story, even though it ended on penalties, and could end up in a goleada, but unfortunately the Italian strikers Balotelli and Cassano can not find the door, creating as many as 21 actions in the area but not finalize even one. Owning is not enough, they must score. And Italy is trying in every way. On a parable of Pirlo, Balotelli delays to lob Hart, out of the poles (25 ‘), on the next Montolivo, goes to snip, but central (31’).
The match could only end with the Italian victory, all’s well that ends well, they say in these cases. But there are still a lot of things to fix: too many regrets in the penalty area, to be placed against Germany because those are not very forgiving. But Italy is beautiful, with a “spanish” possession, almost 68%.
England plays Italian (it may be time to change this term after this game), and can not even create a little fear but they made some actions in which they certainly have more substance of the Italian team . But Rooney is just tickled to the Italians, and even though in the second half Hodgson enters Walcott and Carroll, history repeats itself: they work more in defense than in attack.
Extra time does not say anything new: only Italy plays with Carroll becoming a wonderful defender. But when it comes to the penalties, history seems to repeat itself: and as if it ended as Chelsea-Bayern Munich,a dominated game and then lost on penalties?! No, it can happen one other time. And it is the penalty of Pirlo that make us to understand why. Because Italy has too much class and quality to exit, the god of football would not allow it. And Cole, Chelsea player, mistakes the last penalty. Now he knows what it means lose on penalties. It ‘s just ended like that, and even the English they know, it is deserved.
The Lion King is returned and , even at 50-60 % of the condition , he scares more than usual. It is at 3’ of the second time that Wayne emerges from the area and takes advantage of a beautiful assist of Gerrard, and makes a hole in the net. And it is the goal of revenge, after many days of suspension he had until now. Now it can play his Euros, we will be worried about. But in the first half England did not seem to be so determined to play, Hodgson plays in Italian way , ended with eight men and look for the break. But the England has a strong skeleton with Gerrard, for whom time seems to never pass, and the incredible wall of Terry, in the front of another uncertain english goalkeeper.The only one who can make a real difference is Rooney. Another player able in this way , is Walcott, used with the dropper, unfortunately for football.
The Ukraine tried, with France that was losing the other match, but do not have the nightingale of Kiev in the field is a insurmountable limit. Shevchenko is on the bench for a problem on the knee and he goes into the field only 25 ‘of the second half, too late, when Ukraine had just equalized. Or rather he would drew: ghost goal, again.
Another ghost goal, we continue to hurt us fans and the entire football. Now we have the refeeres of door those that with ghost goal of Italy were right ,but this time they do not see anything. The ball goes into the door, goes far beyond the line, there is the goal. Or rather is there but not seen. Now Platini take action, football is too fast to be able to report them back with our eyes. The other sports are already there, we do not yet. This is no time to delay, it is time to decide and do something to protect the football.
When a group of four will soon face the two best teams, the pair is quite likely eventuality. France-England is no exception to what is often a rule. Nell’afa 1-1 draw in Donetsk, after the game far longer blocked view of Euro 2012. Result set by two episodes in the first half and no longer changes from a poor recovery of emotions. Neither side gives the idea of being a terrible customer. Not England, which was bereft of Rooney (back to the last with Ukraine), and the injured Frank Lampard, Barry and Cahill, receives purely defensive approach by Roy Hodgson, with two lines very close and with the Young license to invent behind Welbeck. And even France, which rarely fails to involve Benzema and Nasri and Ribery to live on inspiration, not a man of order between and behind seems to be pierced. Blanc offers Alou Diarra for the injured M’Vila and training type, Hodgson shows courage by choosing Oxlade-Chamberlain to Downing on the left. The first steps are monotonous, because the British defend well and France has no major issues. The first thrill it gives Young, who comes between the lines and cut the fishing area by James Milner, Lloris but not good at jumping to the conclusion. First is the protagonist of the episode Joleon Lescott used to unblock a frozen race. Diarra loses marking the stopper on the punishment of Gerrard: tested 1-0 served. Ribery Nasri invites the conclusion, Gerrard is a slight delay in output on the shooter, who seduces a very unresponsive Hart at his near post. 1-1 and all to rest.
By name and players is one of the favourites of the victory but it didn’t win anything since 1966, and something would mean. The reasons can be the too many foreigns in Premier League and the usury of too many matches. The problem are differents: the team changed the coach on February and it is difficult give style of play and create a compact team in few months, the team lost also Lampard and Cahill, two of the most important players for experience and technique, and they will have Rooney only at teh end of the group. On the other hand, Hart is a great goalkeeper, and it is important, given that England team have always problem with those kinds of players.
THE STAR:Steven Gerrard
Gerrard is widely regarded as one of the greatest English footballers ever. Gerrard came second only to Kenny Dalglish in the “100 Players Who Shook The Kop” - a Liverpool fan poll.Zinedine Zidane said in 2009 that he considered Gerrard one of the best footballers in the world. In 2010, The Guardian named Gerrard to their World XI team, which compiled the greatest footballers of all time onto one squad. It is the first team is his carreer to wear captain’s armbard.The class is not water, and Gerrard, great midfielder with great ability to score, it has to sell.