Saturday, 21 June 2008

All that is solid...

... melts into air, as someone or other said. (It was a German striker). That certainly happened to the Dutch tonight. Somehow the magic from the Euro 2008 group stages deserted them when substance was most needed. Russia and the wily Hiddink deserved their victory. It is discipline, application and mental toughness that wins competitions like this, rather than bursts of footballing alchemy. My heart now wants Spain to weave a spell. My head tells me that Italy and Germany will be boxing and coxing in the final, with the technically proficient Italians best bets to lift the trophy. Turkey have probably had their day (yesterday).

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