Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Match 6 : Netherlands vs Italy : Report

After the France-Romania game which was a true dampener for football fans all over the globe this game came as a respite or well a blessing.I always think that the over hyped games and the games which promise a lot usually fail to deliver but this was certainly an exception.
There was never a dull moment in the game.Coming into the game Netherlands would have been happy to get a point from it but as the game progressed they looked prepared and hungry for the 3points.
The first goal came as early as the 26th minute when Van Nistelrooy steered the ball into the goal after claims of offside but it was clear that Italy had a player down behind the goal after a collision with Buffon and the goal was allowed,even though Kuyt thought it was offside in the post match interview.
Birthday boy,Wesley Sneijder was totally fabulous throughout the game.He got on the score sheet second after an incredible counter attack which even the likes of Manchester United would be proud of.After a goal line clearance from Van Bronckhorst,Van der Vaart passed the ball into acres of space for Bronckhorst after a run down the left.He then accurately put a long ball pass through to Kuyt whose header made space for Sneijder who scored from very little gap with an Italian defender and Buffon both charging in.Certainly a contender for goal of the tournament.Netherlands now lead 2-0 and it was only the 31st minute.
Van Nistelrooy could have added the third before half time only to be denied by Buffon's fabulous save.He would have score that 7 times out of 10,only not today.
I wonder what advise Cannavaro had for the defenders at half time.
Second half commenced with Italy having most of the possession.Lucas Toni looked out of sorts and only after Del Piero arrived on the pitch Italy started creating more than what they otherwise were.
After another counter attack,Van Bronckhorst headed the ball in the back of the net with a little help from Zambrotta.Kuyt could have scored himself and at that time my thought was,THIS IS WHY LIVERPOOL GOT TORRES! Well that's another matter.Netherlands up 3-0 and the world champions have been shaken.
Italy tried long and hard to get a consolation goal only to be denied either by fabulous defending or woeful finishing.
A thoroughly entertaining match.I was thinking who would be the man of the match and I had three contenders,namely,Sneijder,Van Bronckhorst and Ooijer,who was absolutely splendid in defence.I still can't make a decision about it.
Group C looks promising now only if France start delivering and Romania can stage an upset,does anyone see that happening after their first game?
Oranje crush the Azzuri *grins*



Anonymous Aravind said...

e its the dutch I'm supporting for Euro. What a match it was. It should teach the overrated Azzuri a lesson.

June 10, 2008 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger tanuj lakhina said...

Yeah the "world champions".And now the European champions lost today too!
Check this page tomorrow for reports on Group D.

June 11, 2008 at 2:58 AM  

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