Panama (spwebdesign) wrote,

Ack! The UK TV Guide I've been relying on for game times has the start of the championship match listed as 8 p.m. I casually strolled out of the house at 7 p.m. to run a couple of errands. While I was queued up in one store, the radio behind the store clerk announced, "And in the big match, the score is Italy one, France one. It's a cracker of a game!" Shit! The game actually started at 7! I was so flustered the clerk had to chase me down the street to give me my £3.80 of change from my purchase. I missed the first 30:41 of the contest.

As for yesterday's third place match, I haven't said anything because there really isn't much to say. Both teams played a lot of backups. Play was sloppy on both sides, especially by Portugal. On Germany's first goal, by Bastien Schweinsteiger, it seemed as if the Portuguese defense fell asleep and the goalkeeper, Ricardo, wasn't expecting a shot—the ball went through his arms, an easy save for most goalies. The second German goal was an own goal on a deflection by a Portuguese player. Ricardo almost allowed another goal when he was caught out of position and made a desperate leaping save out of what should have been routine. Only Germany's third and final goal, also by Schweinsteiger, was quality, a powerful bending shot into the side of the net. Portugal could have had a few goals themselves, but their shots were mostly off. Their only goal came late in the game, after Figo came off the bench to play his final game of a fantastic career. Shortly after coming in, he made a perfect crossing pass which a teammate headed in for a goal. Overall, though, it was a bad game.

The championship, though, apparently is a "cracker" of a game!
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