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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Italian takeaway

What I loved about last night's game between Holland and Italy was the rare sight of an Italian side being given the hurry-up. Two-down at half-time is not a situation that they are at all used to dealing with. Usually they wear the seen-it-all look of men who are confident that the result at the end of the ninety minutes will be close and in their favour. Seeing them forced to inject some urgency into their time-honoured way of doing things was the first really interesting spectacle of this championship.