Vadivelu the tamil comedian says during one of his comedy punch lines from the movie "Winner" - "Opening yellam nalla thaan irukku, aana pinishing seri illaye pa" meaning your opening is good, but your finishing is bad.
Portugal played exactly the same way, hitting just wide of the goals, having just one man in the D box to receive the crosses, well that is never the way to win the game and they paid the price for it. Real bad finishing. Surprisingly, even france did not look like running away with the match, the much hyped Ribery notwithstanding. Though Zidane did show touches of what makes him a modern-day great, i still think Itay are in with a good chance to take home the cup on sunday. But then the better the opposition, better do great players play ! I would still put my money on Italy, Zidane or not.
And followers of Number 13 superstition can now rejoice. Scolari just lost his 13th match in the world cup as a coach. Oh the other important thing is that he had won all the previous 12 matches as a coach !
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 2:59 AM