...Italy won. Sigh.
I wanted France to win, especially after hearing they had a fellow convert on the team.
Alas, it was not to be. I won't blame Zidane. I'm not excusing his behaviour, but whatever Marco Materazzi said, it must have been something pretty heinous to receive such a reaction.
The dazed reaction of the French team following the Italian victory underlines the reality of tired legs not doing quite enough to win.
It has not been a World Cup of outstanding teams, although there has been some amazing football.
Best Match: Argentina v Mexico
Best Goal: Joe Cole v Sweden
Best Celebration: Mauro Camoranesi's post match, on pitch haircut.
No major tournament until the European Championships in 2008, no Olympics until then either - what's a sofa-loving sports fan meant to do until then?!