Another four years to wait - 04/07/2006
Like everyone else, I found Saturday’s result was very disappointing. Even with ten men, it was us rather than Portugal who were asking most of the questions and you can’t help but feel that the Portuguese were quite happy to settle for the spot kicks. When it came to it, confidence played a large part and whether their success in the Euro’s made a difference or not, they did seem very assured.
All the media hype is about Ronaldo, but at the end of the day it was a kick by Rooney and technically it’s violent conduct. It’s an understatement to say that Rooney will be upset with Ronaldo, but more privately he’ll be upset with himself. He knows that he’s been targeted and he knows he’s fallen for it. It’s a lesson, a hard one, but if you’re going to take positives out of the situation, perhaps the experience will make him that little bit more mature.
I watched the game at Steve Harper’s place - he had a party for one of kids’ birthdays. I also saw the France/Brazil game and thought Zidan was exceptional. If pushed I’d say it’s Germany v France in the final, probably with a French victory.
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