Thursday, June 22, 2006

Czech Mate?
Czech Republic 0-2 Italy
Ghana 2-1 USA

With more Group E action than at a Motley Crue gig we saw Italy and Ghana emerge as the victors in the real "Group of death".

We attempted to watch the game in Bar Italia on Frith St but were clearly too late in departing as the Italians were already there in force and an edgy overflow crowd had been forced into watching from the street:

Instead we reverted to plan B a lovely Italian cafe called Linda's on Poland Street. Yet again they were amazingly friendly and helpful. Be it moving us closer to the big TV, lots of lovely food served before the game or a quick and steady supply of vino and Nastro Azzuro.

I felt Italy had their most impressive game yet in the competition, Gattuso was very solid and Materazzi and Pippo Inzaghi providing the goals - much to the delight of the Italian staff.

Perhaps the Czechs would have progressed further had they not chosen Tony Hart as a manager...?

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Karel Bruckner  Tony Hart

It remains to be seen whether Italy can morph into a team capable of winning the competition but with that side of the draw full of easy teams they should at least reach the semis.

Ghana thankfully knocked out the USA in controversial circumstances but due to lacking the extra visual cortex necessary to watch both games simultaneously I can't comment further on that.

We're resting tonight in preparation for a trip to Bar des Magis in Clapham tomorrow.



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