Portugal v France, 5 July 2006, Stadium Munich: Shorts Shenanigans

July 6, 2006 | By Stuart Franklin | Creative

The match was pretty even with both teams having chances they failed to convert. For me, the French goal keeper Fabian Bartez was the man of the match making several crucial saves. Following the penalty at the end of the first half (in which the legendary Zinedine Zidane scored), the second half resumed with a passion and pace that I hadn’t seen at this World Cup. Portugal was desperately unlucky and the tension and excitement in the last ten minutes were what the World Cup is all about.

With nothing to lose, the Portuguese goalkeeper even came to the opposite end to help try and score that crucial goal. It was not to be. I would have liked extra time as the ‘edge of the seat’ tension is something that makes this tournament so special. The very thin line between success and failure is sometimes so small it’s hard to see but for the 22 players on the pitch last night it was a line that separated tears of joy from tears of despair!

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Frank Ribery (R) of France is brought down by Fernando Meira of Portugal
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Patrick Vieira (C) of France has his shorts pulled by Luis Figo of Portugal
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