How nice to have a pleasant topic to blog about. Being telly-less and too skint to go to the pub meant following the game on various different minute-by-minute commentaries and trying to trace a path between their respective jingoisms (La Gazzetta dello Sport, the BBC and guardian.co.uk) Sounds like a well-fought match, blighted by appalling refeering decisions, but which overall Italy more than deserved to win. But since I didn't watch it I shan't say any more.
Other than woot! and I feel rather sorry for the Scots, it would have been great if they had qualified after such an expectedly good campaign. And funny if France had not made it. Wait, make that hilarious. A sentiment shared by Gattuso who declared "Mi girano le palle. Sono orgoglioso della qualificazione... Però mi girano perché so che abbiamo qualificato anche la Francia. Domenech rompe sempre, davvero non lo meritava." [I'm pissed off. I'm proud of our qualification.. but I'm pissed off because I know that we've also guaranteed France's qualification. Domenech is always a pain in the arse, he really doesn't deserve it.]
Meanwhile goalscorer Luca Toni dedicated the victory to the memory of Gabriele Sandri. And FIGC president Giancarlo Abete went out of his way to praise the Scottish fans for their passionate but trouble-free support, a sentiment echoed by Donadoni. Which is fair enough. Though once again suggests a somewhat simplistic approach to the problem which fails to take into account some of the fairly substantial differences between British and Italian fan culture. But that maybe is a discussion for another day.
(btw, dreadful pun alert: a striscione was displayed reading "Di Natale Donadoni anche a noi". Groan).