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Moratti1 said:Thanks RUSI for starting the thread...
Ukraine are a physical squad but are having massive issues "Putting the ball in the old onion bag", lol something like that. With that said they do have Shevchenko who is one of the more consistent and dangerous strikers in the world (It's hard saying that because I am an Interista, thankfully he is out of the seria a.)
Italy's defense, as I like to call them, "The wall" have been phenominal thus far allowing only one goal the entire tourney which was an own goal as well. Yes, we are missing Nesta and YES! We are mising Materazzi, but Barzagli is more than capable of doing his end and also plays very physical which suits this match very well.
Totti looks to play the game right from the beginning, according to some hints given out by Lippi. He is definitely becoming match fit and has to feel on top of the world after placing Italy into the quarter final, I am sure he feels "Baggioish" as in the wc 94'. We will need him to control his midfield area. I will be looking for him to dish to ball to the sides and for the outside half backs to cross it into Toni/Gilardino which are both very good with the head.
Speaking of Toni, I believe this is his breakout game... He has looked very dangerous much of this tournement and very much so against Australia. He has been unfortunate to not have a goal yet, but I believe he will this game. IMO, Toni will have two goals in the first half.
I believe Toni scores the only goals of the game because once his puts number 2 in, I fully expect Italy to defend the rest of the game with less of an offensive frame of mind.
Final score, 2-0 Italy (Toni x2.)
Juventino said:Gattuso man of the match... bullsh*t. He played great, very imporant, but ZAMBROTTA!!!