昨晚人在外頭還跟朋友說,死亡之組一點也不死亡,阿根廷跟荷蘭都相繼晉級了,哪裏知道回到家來,另一個死亡之組已然呈現亂集團. 趕回家來已是Azzurri vs USA的下半場20多分,場面是一比一,咱們家的Gila還進了球,可是聽說場上只剩19人,讓人一頭霧水.

Azzurri 一而再,再而三的展開猛攻,問題是禁區內沒有Pippo.....老實說,這些年看球基本上是少有跟教練吵著要上誰的習慣,昨晚真的是覺得....在禁區內的猛攻,不找一位禁區嗅覺最敏感的Pippo,真的是Lippi的失策,好幾次機會的錯失,令人扼腕.那種的狀況,明明我們家Pippo真的有可能掌握到而解救藍衫軍不要陷入如此死亡的局面呀!

想到聖西羅球迷的呼喚.....Pippo那帶有巧智的拼勁,或許能帶來不同的局面....寧當賽後諸葛,也想要為Pippo爭個出場的機會.因為.....在我看球的那幾分鐘,那樣的局面,真的是Pippo的專長

不知捷克如何輸了....

或許....列強太過一帆風順也不好玩....於是幸運的女神再度跟大家開開玩笑....反正這幾年的Azzurri都是同一個調調,不讓人揪心不罷休,這樣也好....把懸念留到最後一場,才會讓第三輪的小組賽有所期待......

午後要外出訪友,希望回家來能夠好好的看看Kaka....希望他行雲流水的攻勢能夠有所發揮,平衡一下昨日Azzurri失利的陰霾



Group E - June 17    Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern 

Italy 1 - 1 USA 

Gilardino 22 (I), Zaccardo og 27 (U) 

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Daniele De Rossi was sent off and Cristian Zaccardo scored an own goal as Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by nine-man USA.

 

The Azzurri made just one change from the side that beat Ghana 2-0 in the opener, bringing in Gianluca Zambrotta after his recovery from a thigh strain in place of Fabio Grosso at left-back. The US fielded a very closed formation following their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of the Czech Republic. Ghana's 2-0 win over the Czechs earlier this evening meant that nobody would be sure of qualification from Group E until the final game, regardless of this result. With the army base nearby, Bruce Arena's fans were in the majority, as Kaiserslautern has the largest US community outside American soil.

Francesco Totti was the first player in the book for his late tackle on Clint Dempsey after four minutes. A defensive error nearly allowed Dempsey to shoot from the penalty spot, but he was closed down at the last moment. The Azzurri struggled to clear the ball and eventually Alessandro Nesta gave away a free kick on the edge of the area, which was deflected wide from Convey. From the resulting corner, Convey was left unmarked and blasted over.

The Americans were more aggressive and seemed first to the ball, as Dempsey's angled drive was off target. Eddie Pope hauled down Alberto Gilardino as he ran on to Andrea Pirlo's long pass, but was only booked, as he was last man but a good 30 metres away from the goal.

Despite being under early pressure, it was Italy who took the lead on 22 minutes. Pirlo curled in a free kick for his Milan teammate Gilardino's diving header from seven yards. He celebrated his eighth Azzurri goal by kneeling and pretending to play the violin.

America drew level in bizarre circumstances, as a free kick was accidentally deflected into his own net at the back post by Cristian Zaccardo. His clearance was woefully miss-hit and it comically ricocheted behind him.

Italy's game seemed to crumble, as less than a minute later Daniele De Rossi was sent off for elbowing Brian McBride. The American was left with a large cut under his eye and nobody could argue with the dismissal, which was nothing new for the fiery Roma youngster.

They still created a good chance with Pirlo releasing Toni, but something between a shot and a pass for Gilardino was effective as neither. Gennaro Gattuso, who made a lightning recovery from a thigh strain, made his Germany 2006 debut to shore up the midfield, replacing Totti.

Cannavaro gave the ball away and Pablo Mastroeni unleashed a missile that shook the roof of the net. The midfielder also saw red on the stroke of half-time following a dangerous two-footed tackle on Pirlo's ankle. Gianluigi Buffon got down to block Convey's effort.

The drama wasn't over, as within two minutes of the restart the Americans were reduced to nine men. Eddie Pope brought down Gilardino from behind and earned his second booking. Pirlo curled the free kick just over the bar and the US reinforced their defence with Bobby Conrad for Convey.

Italy nearly took the lead with an own goal, as Bocanegra's header sent Pirlo's free kick on to the crossbar, almost returning Zaccardo's favour. Toni was halted for a very debatable offside flag before Alessandro Del Piero came on for Zaccardo, maintaining an attacking system in 10 vs nine.

Toni just failed to get on the end of Zambrotta's cross, but Claudio Reyna pounced on a Pirlo error and scuffed well wide. The US had penalty appeals for an Alessandro Nesta handling offence, but it was clearly involuntary and took a strange ricochet. Pirlo set up Simone Perrotta to drill over the bar from a tight angle before Vincenzo Iaquinta took over from Toni in Italy's final substitution. Arena also made an attacking change with DaMarcus Beasley replacing Dempsey and they threatened on the counter-attack with McBride drilling wide after good work from Landon Donovan.

America thought they'd taken a shock lead with Beasley's angled drive flying up off Buffon's arm, but it was disallowed because McBride was in an offside position and lifted his leg to let the ball through, therefore clearly impeding the goalkeeper's view.

Perrotta was stretchered off after a knock to the thigh, but with all the substitutions completed, he had to carry on for half an hour limping very badly. Zambrotta cut in from the left and drilled just wide of the far post, but was later booked for a nudge on Steve Cherundolo.

Italy had a fantastic opportunity with Pirlo's delightful chipped pass for Del Piero's volley with the outside of his left foot, but Kasey Keller performed an equally magnificent one-handed reaction save. It probably would've been one of the goals of the tournament.

It was practically nine vs nine, as Perrotta could barely run. Del Piero tested Keller again with a fine curling shot from distance, while Iaquinta couldn't get a strong enough touch on Pirlo's through ball.

Pirlo and Del Piero combined inside the area, but Iaquinta was closed down as he prepared to tap in. The Udinese striker was held back by Conrad, but stayed on his feet, then Gilardino's glancing header was wide.
 

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Italy: Buffon; Zaccardo (Del Piero 54), Nesta, Cannavaro, Zambrotta; Perrotta, Pirlo, De Rossi; Totti (Gattuso 35); Toni (Iaquinta 61), Gilardino

USA: Keller; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Pope, Bocanegra; Dempsey (Beasley 62), Mastroeni, Reyna, Convey (Conrad 51); McBride, Donovan

Ref: Larrionda (Uru)

Sent off: De Rossi 29 (I), Mastroeni 45 (U), Pope 47 (U)
 


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  • ajiun
  • 尤其下半場錯失一堆大好機會實在看到要吐血了,<br />
    這時真的會特別想念PIPPO<br />
    里皮不要再把他當藏兵了啦....
  • sdkcat
  • 昨天的比賽真是看到會發抖...<br />
    比賽一開始挑釁意味就超重的...<br />
    比到一半越看越吐血...<br />
    接連幾天都有大冷門出現心臟真的快受不了啦...<br />
    <br />
    其實昨天那場稍微有一點點慶幸Pippo沒出場,不然鐵定被美國隊搞的滿身傷...= ="<br />
    <br />
    by被義美那一戰嚇到的路人...
  • milanhime
  • 哈哈...一開始看到"義美"...竟然讓我想到的是蘇打餅乾...<br />
    <br />
    目前只看到後半場,所以才覺得若是上Pippo的話,是有進球機會的<br />
    特別是弱不禁風的Pippo在禁區中碰到身強體壯的美國球員時,<br />
    所謂的以柔克剛,那個IQ喜歡跟對方硬碰硬,<br />
    所以自己轉不了身,也製造不了對方的犯規,<br />
    不過..機靈的Pippo有其特有的脫身之道,<br />
    就算自己轉不了身,說不定也能製造對方在禁區中犯規呢<br />
    <br />
    by 每看到IQ浪費一次機會就想念Pippo一次的人<br />
    <br />