If yesterday was a top notch game, today's game was no where close to it. Both the teams were far below par and had they been in diff groups, we cud very well have had a Italy Vs Germany Final. Crappy doesn't even begin to explain the show we had to view today. Duh!!!
Portugal was pathetic. Throughout the game they had one striker in front - either Pauletta or Ronaldo. This continued even after they went one goal down, when they shud supposedly be attacking. They weren't creative, dint attack well, mid field play wasn't working - what a bad match. As if all this is not enough, they painted this pathetic image on themselves with all those divings et al. The luck of one man, goal keeper Ricardo, carried them forward to the WC Semi Finals. They just ran out of luck today. Bye Bye!!!
France was average at best. Zidane was okay, perhaps Portugal dint motivate him as Brazil did. Thuram's defense was really good. A Henry fake dive got them the spot kick, which was wonderfully converted by Zizou. France are through. I dont think this will take them anywhere in the finals. And considering Italy's defensive prowess and it's new found attacking fluency - the French have a tough match in hand.
So - Italy and France will fight it out for the Cup. My money is on Italy. And i can bet with a bit more confidence as all the teams i predict to win have been winning, after the QF debacle i had :)