Thursday, June 22, 2006

Big break for the Czechs...

Milan Baros will start in attack against Italy. K├Âller is still out. But how fit will Baros be?

Lippi took out Toni and will play with Totti behind Gilardino in attack. It looks like a 4-4-1-1. Camoranesi starts for the first time. Inzaghi is still on the bench, to the wrenching disappointment of his legions of fans.

In midfield, we'll have a classic duel: Milan's Gennaro Gattuso, known as Italy's best marker, trying to stop former European player of the year Pavel Nedved. One of the world's best offensive midfielders up against one of the world's best defensive players. Will Nedved get engatusated? Great fun.

One note: Topping this group is very, very important - the difference between facing Brazil in the Round of 16 and facing Croatia or Australia. More than that, topping the group puts you on track to meet Switzerland or Ukraine in the quarters. Winning Group E is virtually a by into the semifinals!

50 minutes to go and I can barely sit still!


Blogger Daniel said...

Quico, you are right. I did not realize that it was that important to top this group. Then again, is Brazil such a threat?

10:21 AM  
Blogger Francisco said...

It's not just's the possibility of getting to the semis just by beating Ukraine and Switzerland!!!

A Golden now, catenaccio...

The Czechs seemed to freeze after that goal, though. What I notice is that Baros is good, but he's not that good. He's getting a lot of service, but keeps losing the ball against Nesta and Materazzi. Nedved keeps getting him balls, and he keeps screwing up.

Gah! The Czechs need Koller more than I'd realized. On the other hand, this puts result qualifies Ghana.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Francisco said...

I meant Ukraine and Switzerland...still...una papaya...

10:59 AM  

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