I want to believe that Football is bigger than the individual, despite David Trézéguet’s missed penalty, Thierry Henry’s many opportunities, Fabian Barthez’s inability to keep a clean sheet, and Luigi Buffon’s incredible block that kept Zidane’s shot out. There was no one reason why France lost. The better team won. And yet, I thought France could no longer win after Zinedine Zidane’s irrational reaction to the verbal duel with Marco Materazzi.
It was also sad to see Patrick Vieira leave the field with an injury mid-way through the game.