Thursday, July 06, 2006

Zidane checkmates fellow grand master Figo

This World Cup, which was expected to provide a festival of youth, has turned into a celebration of experience. While Kaka faded, Lionel Messi was deprived of his rightful chance and Wayne Rooney simply self-destructed, the old men grabbed the stage for a final parade of their talents. On Tuesday night the crowning goal of a wonderful match in Dortmund was scored, with the most characteristic of touches, by Alessandro Del Piero, who had previously wandered through the tournament like the ghost of his former self. And before last night's semi-final the teams were led out by two more of the great figures of the modern European game, preparing to do battle for the right to one final night of imperishable glory.,,1813749,00.html

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