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Euro 2008 Quarterfinal - Italy vs. Spain
2008-06-22 09:03
by Bob Timmermann

Italy, the World Cup champs, try to be the fourth team in the quarterfinals to knock out a group winner at Euro 2008, when they play the continent's traditional underachiever, Spain in a match in Vienna at 11:45 am PT.

Spain won all three of its Group D matches. The Spaniards routed Russia 4-1, edged Sweden 2-1, and then beat Greece while playing its second string 2-1.

Italy had rocky road to the quarterfinals. The Netherlands beat Italy 3-0 to start the tournament. Then the Italians finagled a 1-1 tie against Romania thanks to a big PK save from Gianluigi Buffon. Italy then got a quarterfinal berth when they beat France 2-0 while Romania lost to the Netherlands.

The Spanish won the tournament once, back in 1964 and have reached the final only once since then, back in 1988 when they lost to France.

Italy, although it has won four World Cups, has only won the Euro once and that was in 1968.

Spain and Italy have played each other 27 times. Italy leads 9-8-10, but a lot of the matches have been friendlies. Of matches that had something on the line, the last time the Spanish beat the Italians was in the 1920 Olympics. Since then it's been a 5-0-3 run for Italy.

Remember when in Vienna, stop by the sweets shop opened by the family of the late Red Sox reliever Dick Radatz. They're monstroulsly good.





2008-06-22 11:42:56
1.   underdog
Prediction: 2-1 Spain.
2008-06-22 11:51:29
2.   Bob Timmermann
The Spanish are forcing the Italians to wear white instead of blue. It's sort of like trying to freak out the Dallas Cowboys.
2008-06-22 12:11:00
3.   Bob Timmermann
I'm going to be mighty surprised if anybody scores in regulation of this one.
2008-06-22 12:34:27
4.   bobsbrother
Meanwhile, in Bridgetown, Eddie Lewis has scored in the 21st minute to go up 9-0 on aggregate. Barbados now needs to score 10 goals to win the series.

It's a sparse crowd at the Kensington Oval.

2008-06-22 12:44:24
5.   Bob Timmermann
Barbados, only place outside of the U.S. that George Washington ever visited.
2008-06-22 12:52:33
6.   underdog
Poor Barbados. If I had any Barbadoan (?) blood in me I could probably play for their squad.
2008-06-22 12:55:46
7.   Bob Timmermann
2008-06-22 12:57:23
8.   Bob Timmermann
The ESPN guys went to Barbados?
2008-06-22 13:01:55
9.   bobsbrother
Personally, I find it hard to believe that his boat went from the United States to Barbados and didn't stop anywhere else. Considering the number of islands he would have had to pass to get to almost the very end of the West Indies, you would think they would have stopped somewhere else if only to get fresh water. And you would think Washington would have gotten off the boat.
2008-06-22 13:03:12
10.   Bob Timmermann
Kick save and a beauty from Casillas!
2008-06-22 13:03:20
11.   bobsbrother
J.P. Dellacamera and Shep Messing appear to be sitting in front of a luxury suite in the stands at the Oval. And since it's a cricket field, they are a long way from the action.

The espn360 feed has no graphics.

2008-06-22 13:04:50
12.   Bob Timmermann
Washington's ticket charged him extra if he got off the boat before he got to Barbados.

He couldn't change the itinerary without paying a huge rebooking fee.

2008-06-22 13:06:04
13.   bobsbrother
I've pushed the pause button on the soccer action while we drive down to the river to see how high the Mississippi is.
2008-06-22 13:10:28
14.   underdog
I'm thinking my 2-1 prediction is looking rather stupid. But these games sometimes see a flurry of action in the last few minutes.
2008-06-22 13:30:16
15.   underdog
Nice catch by the Spanish player there. Was playing American football for a second.

So which team flops more, Spain or Italy? I think it's pretty close.

2008-06-22 14:06:00
16.   Bob Timmermann
Italy shows absolutely no inclination to try to score.
2008-06-22 14:13:10
17.   underdog
They're too busy trying to work on their next flop.
2008-06-22 14:15:32
18.   mintxcore
Luca Toni is taking the Russell Martin approach to sparking the offense: a moustache.

And neither time it worked...

2008-06-22 14:18:05
19.   Bob Timmermann
I love it when the keeper makes a save. It just looks so cool.
2008-06-22 14:20:21
20.   underdog
I think they should end NFL tied games with a series of field goals. That would be exciting.
2008-06-22 14:20:52
21.   underdog
Italy's dead now.
2008-06-22 14:21:00
22.   Bob Timmermann
Casillas again!
2008-06-22 14:21:56
23.   Bob Timmermann
Casillas should be the Man of the Match.

He had the only tough save in the match and he put on a show in PKs.

2008-06-22 14:24:09
24.   underdog
I agree. He was outstanding. Magnifico!
2008-06-22 14:27:49
25.   Bob Timmermann
Spain ends the June 22 jinx!
2008-06-22 14:31:02
26.   schoffle
An ugly game involving Italy, how shocking. The Spain Russia game should be quite attractive though.

20 Underdog

Penalties are absolutely breathtaking when you have a real rooting interest.

2008-06-22 14:34:33
27.   underdog
26 Oh true, they can be very exciting even if you don't. It's just sometimes it feels like a rather random way to end a game. But usually the deserving team wins 'em. Spain-Russia should be great indeed. Germany should take care of a depleted Turkey squad, though you never know.
2008-06-22 14:36:54
28.   underdog
Stupid Sizemore.
2008-06-22 14:37:30
29.   underdog
Oops, wrong thread. I figured I would do that eventually.
2008-06-22 14:40:52
30.   schoffle
While I personal feel that if you cant settle it in 2hrs then no one can really claim to deserve it, but I know what you mean
2008-06-22 14:43:22
31.   underdog
Yeah that "deserve" thing is mostly very subjective, although sometimes teams outshoot and seemingly out play their opponent but are still tied at the end of regulation. Anyway, that one was definitely exciting.

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