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Jun 18, 2002 6:01 AM
fantastic match against Italy who did not deserve to win
Looked like Italy self-destructed.Sintesi
Jun 18, 2002 6:47 AM
Followed the match on the FIFA site so I couldn't really tell how Italy was playing except it looked like they were trying to physically intimidate Korea. 6 yellow cards? and Totti (sp?) got pitched out at the end.

My friend was watching at home and said the crowd was a huge factor.

Has World Cup play reached parity? We got Senegal, Korea, Turkey and the US still alive. Is this very abnormal? Can you picture a Korean/Senegal final at this point? : ) This would absolutely crush our office pool.
I watched, &.......Len J
Jun 19, 2002 4:40 AM
(while I am not a soccer maven) it appeared to me that Totti was the one who got fouled (especially in the replay). This would have resulted in an Italian Penalty kick that would have won the game. The ref was 35 yards away and did not signal Totti's foul (for diving) until he ran the distance. It certainly looked like a "homer" call to me. Imagine what the Korean crowd would have done if he had the courage to call it correctly.

My .02

I watched, &.......Stampertje
Jun 19, 2002 3:05 PM
No penalty - the defender did play the ball correctly. But the card was totally out of order. Classic no-call situation, if you ask me.

Italy, like Mexico, had enough chances to score. Unfortunately for them, they didn't. And Italy, like Spain, settled for the 1-0 win far too quickly. Spain got away, Italy got what they deserved.
agree no penaltyMJ
Jun 20, 2002 12:31 AM
but when you live by the sword of diving you die by the sword of diving

you're right about that sitting back nonsense as well - arrogance and a sense of entitlement have been put in its place

who are most of the Dutch supporting?
agree no penaltyStampertje
Jun 20, 2002 12:12 PM
I have no idea who the Dutch are supporting - I have been in the US since the first game. South Korea, definitely - their coach is Dutch and lead the Netherlands to the semis in '98. Probably Senegal as well. And I wouldn't be surprised if there were people rooting for the USA, especially against Germany.

I think people have mostly been very happy about all the other "great football nations" falling on their faces. Go USA!
If only...empacher6seat
Jun 18, 2002 7:35 PM
Italy put as much work into their football matches as they put into their hair, they'd be unbeatable!

As an Italy fan, I don't feel that bad considering all the upsets that the world cup has seen. S. Korea played a really good game and deserved to win.
Game of the tournament so far in my opinion.Fr Ted Crilly
Jun 19, 2002 5:13 PM
The ref made a mistake in giving Totti a second yellow for diving, but I don't think that affected the outcome. The contact with Totti was after the defender had fairly played the ball.

For me, the most satisfying aspect of this World Cup, (after Robbie Keane's 89th minute equaliser against Germany), has been the emergence of the two host countries and the passion of their fans. The support that the Korean team has received, in addition to the nonstop tireless running that they have shown throughout each entire game has made them real potential winners. After, Poland, Portugal & Italy can you really be confident that Spain, Brazil, England or Germany won't be next? Now that my tip Italy is gone, I think that the eventual winners will be England, Brazil or Germany, but if any of these teams is happy to sit back with a single goal lead against the Koreans, then they will have learned nothing from the previous matches.

This World Cup has reaffirmed to me that football really is the greatest game on earth. Is there any other sport, event or activity, that can inflame the passions of hundreds, (if not thousands), of millions around the world, bring countries to a virtual halt, and unite all their differing people in one short lived crazy celebration?

It's a pity there's only eight more games to go.