A match which millions of fans watched….supporting and praying for their respective teams. But unfortunately, there was to be a loser and a winner, as is the nature of the game. And yesterday, it turned out to be Itlay who emerged victorious by defeating Germany, the hosts, by 2-0.
It could be said that the match was evenly poised to some extent as the score 0-0 till the end of the two halves suggested. But it was in the second half of the extra time that Itlay surfaced by launching assaults with regularity and struck twice within a span of five minutes to leave the crest of the german fan fallen.
Italy lived up to its expectations of defending solidly throughout the match with Gattuso and Cannavaro’s likes. The two removed the sting from the German offense to a great extent. Although there were a few streaks of aggression from the German side, the Italian formation of four midfielders and four defenders made sure that the threat was minimal.
On the other hand, Germany tried their best but failed to convert the opportunities that came their way. Captain Ballack had a few shots at the goal but was off target in the match as the shots went soaring over the bar. Klose was well marked, and so was Podolski, who could not penetrate with the same ease into the Italian shooting circle.
Despite twelve members in the side, Germany, even with the twelfth member- the home advantage, failed to make it to the finals, leaving many hearts broken and waiting until the next World Cup.