France 0 – 2 Italy


  • France didn’t play that poorly that they deserved to lose by 2 – 0. They had some bad luck and things didn’t go right for them
  • France didn’t deserve to reach the next stage. They have been poor, scoring only 1 goal in the group stages. But they did better than in World Cup 2002 when they didn’t score a single goal
  • Pirlo is a mid field mastermind for Italy. He and Buffon were superb
  • Pirlo and Gatusso will be suspended for the QF, lets see how Italy performs without them
  • France coach couldn’t have picked a better time to propose to his girl friend. He knows he might be sacked soon why not marry now
  • Thruam and Makelle have retired and we might see the same from Viera and Henry. Its time for the new generation to take over
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Cannavaro out of Euro 2008

With Euro 2008 going to begin in a few days, world cup winners Italy are sure going to be one of the favourites for lifting the trophy. But they will be without there influential and experienced captain Fabio Cannavaro. who will be out for a few months after damaging ankle ligaments during the training session.

Since he was the captain of Italy, the coach Donadoni must now decide who to give the armband, the favourite being Gianluigi Buffon. The replacement being called for him is Alessandaro Gamberini who has performed well in a centre half position for his club. However, since Italy are in a group of death which contains the Dutch, France and Romania, losing Cannavaro may seem to be a blow. But Italy have got some good defenders in Nesta, Materazzi. It will be interesting to see how there defence holds out in there opening game against the Dutch side on 9th June.

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