Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The France Portugal live blogcast

4:54. On a gagné.

Figo and Zidane exchange shirts in a truly emotional moment that even brought tears to my eyes. Well, my team ahd just won too, it helps.

In a last corner kick EVEN Ricardo came up to kick the ball. Awesome.

4:43. Saha was two minutes in the game and he already got a yellow!!!! AGAIN!!!

4:42. France pulls Henry and bings in Saha. Defense, defense, defense! Good, if Portugal does not even the score.

4:39. Dreadfull, still 10 minutes to go at least and Portugal is playing hard. It is not a great game but it is a good and tense game. And Caravahlo got a yellow, making him miss next game. Poor guy, when his fault was not even a lesser evil.

4:38. Still 15 long minutes left. And them Portuguese are not giving up.

4:26. Changes are starting in the teams. Simao in for Portugal. Ribery probably out for France. They need him more Sunday (if they make it there) than today. I guess I agree, Ribery has run so much that he probably reaching the end of his rope. Let's hope that Portugal does not manage to even the score.

4:17. Game is going again for about 10 minutes. Ronaldo is really a dangerous character, but he seems rather lonely within Portugal.

3:46. End of first half. A well deserved break for all.

3:39. The game has of course changed dramatically. Protugal is going up but the French have not stopped their attack.
3:33. Goooolllll.... Penalty cashed by France through Zidane.

Ricardo could not stop that one

3:27. Nothing much yet. The game is not bad but it has not found its rythm. One thing seems certain, the abundance of "yellow carded" in each team is exerting a real restraint. Heck, they all want to play in the final! Even if they do not seem to have realized yet that one has to win the semifinal first...

3:20. No clear dominace so far. No yellow card yet. Both sides are holding, and each one ahs had at least one good shot at the goalie.

3:08. Maniche has just scared Barthez.

3:07. General notes.

The stadium is not quite full: apparently the general fill up German public is despondent today.

The Argentinean sportscaster said that La Marseillaise is the most beautiful anthem. Well, the Argentina one is rather dreadful and pretty much any other one is nice in comparison.

I am watching from San Felipe instead of Caracas. At home I have access to Direct TV, so I am safe from any silly cadena on this Venezuelan independence day.

Figo and Zidane hugged after deciding the toss. They are afterall old friends and the two leaders of the Real Madrid, even if one of them must die today.

Two glories of the Real Madrid

3:00. The game has just started.

I did not want to cover it a few minutes ago but then I realized two things: it helps me not to be a nervous wreck, and the last two times I covered France won. I like to think that I am contributing to the French victory through some weird electronic Yaracuy-Maria-Lionza voodoo...


Blogger Francisco said...

did you notice the vicious, vicious whistles whenever Cristiano Ronaldo takes the ball? Man, they hate that guy...could it be because of all the dives? Or just because he never seems to pass the damn ball?

A monster, I tell you, a depraved, vicious monster he is...

3:53 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

the audio is not too good. i thought i had sensed some of that. but the latin way of broadcasting covers too much the stade sound. and with direct TV at least I get some sound from the crowds! maybe i should switch to the english broadcast but there is something about the way they call Maniche that I have a hard time with.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

by the way, you can jump in the post if you want. just put a Q somewhere. and blogger is slow which does not help.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...

Y'know, without wanting to take anything away from a fine French performance, I have to note that was a piss poor Portugal. I mean, really bad. This is the ultimate humiliation for England - they went out to a team that looked just plain clueless to France.

And, you gotta admit, there was a whiff of Azzurroness to the French in the second half...le catenache, peut etre? Hey, you can't argue with success, but the game really was a bit dull...

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Alfredo Octavio said...

Congrats Daniel. See you on Sunday. The truth is that any of those two teams deserve the win. I hope to see a good game.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

I hope that the relative dullness of the game was duly conveyed in my report: look at the short and modest gooooll...

I am not sure about "le catenache" but I will pass it to my pal Domenech, just in case.

but yes, Portugal was less than average and France barely average. I suppose that after killing both England and Brazil these two teams just could not bring it out of them in barely 3 days.

Now I feel sorry for Germnany that will have to battle very angry Protuguese players....

5:17 PM  
Anonymous sire said...

The whistling came mostly from England fans who had speculated that England would reach the semi finals and thus acquired tickets.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Alfredo Octavio said...

Daniel, there has been an urgent message from the portuguese embassy in Venezuela you should know about: Panaderias have been ordered not to sell any more French bread. ;-)

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work
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1:22 PM  

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