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Monday, July 10, 2006

Zidane Sent Off in Extra Time for Headbutt


To the very end of his career, Zinedine Zidane could dictate the flow of play with rare skill and elegant control of the ball. In the World Cup final, Zidane lost control of his temper.

The parting image for the France captain will forever be him rearing back in anger, lowering his head and launching his bald crown into the chest of Italy defender Marco Materazzi after the two exchanged words while walking down the field in extra time Sunday.

The game was tied 1-1 when Zidane was given a red card in the 110th minute. Without their sharpshooting captain, the French couldn't unlock Italy's defense and went on to lose in a shootout, 5-3.

"Zidane being sent off changed everything," France coach Raymond Domenech said. "Even in extra time the Italian team was waiting for only one thing, and that was penalties."

Full Story here @ AsiaOne.

My 2 cents: It's a sad moment for a great player like Zidane to bow out in such a manner. Headbutting a opponent is one way of making history but definitely not the best way... It's a sadder moment for me, my only hope of making some cash off France as the winner is all but lost...

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