You can forget the astonishing football the Dutch play, you can forget the deadly Fernando Torres and David Villa partnership, and you can forget the woeful
Michael Platini managed to score a brace in a comeback against
Jaroslav Plasil then slid in a second to make it seem that the Czech nation will comfortably be in the quarterfinals. How wrong they were?
Football is pretty much the only game this can happen.
Arda Turan slotted home to set up a tense finale. Petr Cech then did something that he has not done in a while, he made an error, and they are very rare. He must have thought Stephen Hunt was standing behind him.
He dropped a routine cross, so routine it was like putting your socks on. He dropped it on to the feet of
It looked like it was heading for history breaking penalties until a moment a pure genius, which will go down in the memories of everyone who was watching it.
Nihat managed to make a darting little run, escaped the offside trap to control a pass and with two touches he scored a goal of the utmost of quality. Dennis Bergkamp, Macro Van Basten, Thierry Henry, Gianfranco Zola, Platini, this was in your class. 3-2 you could not have written this better.
To make it even more remarkable,
Smash and Grab does not even come close to this. It is an honour to this competition that this sublime worth of talent and football is being played. It shows us why this is the best game in the world. Let us hope this entertainment continues.