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Month: July 2021

Euro 2020 ends with Italian victory

Euro 2020 is all done and dusted. The postponed tournament was full of surprises, thrillers, long-range worldies and so much more. A tournament that saw Christian Eriksen collapse with a cardiac arrest on Day 2, ended with a nail-biting encounter that needeed penalties to decide the winner. Italy, in the end, will wear the crown. It was a fantastic game, played at a high tempo. England, playing a tournament final for the first time, had …

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Copa America final: Messi, gods, angels and destiny

Do you believe in destiny? 10/07 or 10th July. Ronaldo won Euro 2016. And Messi wins Copa America final 2021. On the same day! One wears 7 and the other wears 10. Both footballing elites. Jewels of their time. Destiny! Do you believe in Gods? Diego Maradona. A God in his time. A God truly now. He was watching from above and in transcending the world, after transcending world football in the last century, you …

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Copa America win ends Messi’s drought

Lionel Messi’s long wait for an international trophy is finally over. After losing three finals in three years between 2014 and 2016, Messi and Argentina finally managed to get through the Copa America final unscathed. When referee Esteban Ostojich blew the final whistle, the ecstatic Argentine players ran to Messi, embracing and rejoicing the sweet taste of victory. Despite having the indomitable Messi on the pitch, Argentina were underdogs. Brazil were favourites to win on …

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Euro 2020 final

Euro 2020 final: Italy vs England preview

Italy vs England in the Euro 2020 final. Pinch yourselves and you will realise this is not a dream. And yes it did take cruel penalties for Italy to scrape through. Yes, it did take a reprobate Raheem Sterling plunge for England to join them. But at Wembley on Sunday night, it will be Azzuri versus Lion, Italy versus England. Fairy tale versus fairy tale and dark horse versus imploder. This was a final not …

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Copa America final

Copa America final: Brazil vs Argentina

Copa America final of 2021. Brazil vs Argentina. It does not get any bigger. The two biggest dancers of the footballing ballerina will now tussle in a winner takes all battle. One team has Neymar and the other has Lionel Messi. Master and apprentice once. Definite foes on battleground next. It is a fitting final really. Not just on the basis of heavyweight names that shine brightest in football’s galaxy. In fact, Brazil and Argentina …

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