What a World Cup Final, one hundred and twenty minutes of football decided by bloody penalities. From a thrilling first half, with a goal each, to a classic arm wrestle for the remainder. A period France dominated and looked the likely winner but that's football.
What isn't football and overshadows a wonderful game is the sending-off of Zidane, in his final match of a stellar career. At the beginning of the game he was slated to join immortals Pele and Maradona, only to destroy it all with a brutal head-butt. Madness.
This for me is the biggest disappointment of the whole tournament, such a terrible act by a great player. If anyone finds out what was said to provoke Zidane - not that it can excuse his classless reaction - please leave a comment. I'm off to bed, exhausted.
Congratulations Italy !
UPDATE : Zidane mystery