Sunday, June 22, 2008
Italy Out of Euro 08
This sucks to have to write. Spain defeated Italy 4-2 on penalty kicks today to advance to the semifinals of the Euro tournament.
The first 120 minutes of the game consisted of Spain attempting to create chances, and Italy playing perfect defense to shut them out. Italy on the other hand, could not get anything going on offense, characterized by another bad showing from Luca Toni.
In the penalty shootout, Iker Casillas saved both Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Di Natale's shots and Cesc Fabregas hit the winning shot for Spain to give them the 4-2 win.
Di Natale had the opportunity to tie the penalty's at 3 after Buffon saved a Daniel Guiza shot, but his miss assured Cesc the opportunity to a hero.
Spain's win sets up a matchup with Russia. It is the first time Spain have reached the semifinals of a major tournament since the Euro's of 1984.
As an Italy fan, I have to say that Pirlo's absence was really missed, as there was almost no meaningful possession for Italy. I'm about to go watch some highlights of Luca Toni's season this year, because I don't understand how he could have scored 39 goals this season, and look
this bad in the Euro's.
You could say the better team won tonight due to the possession and control by Spain, but I disagree. Anything Spain did Italy stopped, and Italy's best chance, a 62nd minute shot by Comoranesi, was better then any chance Spain had.