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babubangla
September 7, 2006, 12:51 AM
France 3-1 Italy

http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=71799688&cdi=0
French supporters hold a banner "Zizou we will miss you" during the 2008 UEFA European Cup Group B qualifying match France vs Italy, 06 September 2006


France have had their revenge. A blistering performance served to exorcise some of the frustration, if not all of the disappointment, that lingered from defeat by Italy in the World Cup final 59 days previously.

This was a stunning victory, Les Bleus propelled by the pace and menace of Franck Ribéry and Thierry Henry, allied to the goals of the forgotten man Sidney Govou. Italy, battered and bemused, were spared the worst but were still ripped to shreds.

The outpouring of joy on the final whistle, a din to match a breathtaking occasion, reflected a nation's belated satisfaction. La revanche had been on the locals' minds and by the end it was on their lips. The rasped homage echoing around this arena was for "Zizou". Zinédine Zidane will have enjoyed watching from afar even if Marco Materazzi, the man whose remark prompted the playmaker's infamous butt in Berlin, was still suspended.

Zidane was everywhere last night. His name was emblazoned across the fans' shirts, his image flickering down from the big screens above both goals. France rose to the occasion, easing their way to victory with a goal after 70 seconds, volleyed magnificently by Govou at the far post from William Gallas's cross. That set the tone for the evening. "It wasn't a perfect performance," said the coach Raymond Domenech. "That would have seen us score with every attack and not concede, but we beat the best in the world, the world champions. That is satisfying."

Source: The Guardian (http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,,1866540,00.html)

Rabz
September 7, 2006, 03:17 AM
no wonder, BB Bhai is at it again.:D :D

Guess all that pain, suffering and humiliation of loosing the WC finals is "sort of" easing off. Lucky France won, or else BB Bhai would hv gone for months this time.

But the real point is, does it really matter if France won this time? i mean they lost when they really needed to win. now u can go and beat Italy 10 times straight, but still they will be the World Champ, at least for next 4 years.

thebest
September 7, 2006, 06:27 AM
But most surprising was Northern Ireland beating Spain.
Congrat Babu bhai. But as Sydney mention even France beat Italy for the next 20 times Italy is still champion of 2006 WC.
France chocked in the real one

Xavier
September 7, 2006, 06:45 AM
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Bad day for our little neighbours!:p

btw congrats to France, they showed to be the better team... but Italy won (on penalties) the wc because of its strong defensive line... that's football!:)

Rabz
September 7, 2006, 10:20 AM
ha ha, Spain is the perennial loosers of the soccer world.
i hv stopped supporting that team long back, save myself from dissapointment.

AsifTheManRahman
September 7, 2006, 10:51 AM
England 5 - 0 Andorra
England 1 - 0 Macedonia

Crouch's on fire.

sadi
September 7, 2006, 11:56 AM
Babubhai, beshi excited hoyen na... abar kokon chipay jaite hoy.

Hatebreed
September 7, 2006, 07:33 PM
BB bhai, forgive but not forget:

http://i.eurosport.com/2006/07/09/294619-1260342-317-238.jpg

http://www.undercover.com.au/pics/Zidane_Headbutt.jpg

Italy are still champs.. so now that revenge is over with, take it easy :)