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It took a bit longer than I would have liked, but Italy lives. Donadoni seems to have learned his lessons somewhat, though I'm still worried about his fascination with Cassano. Great player, huge headcase and a major reason for Italian pains in the past. It is amusing that the goalscorers were those that Donadoni almost dropped, but it was a great move to bring Ambrosini in for Pirlo with Italy up. Ambrosini takes a lot of hits, but the fact is he's a guy that elevates his game when a team is clinging to a lead. That's not a knock because many players relax with a lead. Ambrosini doesn't and that's overlooked.

So now it's Spain in what should be the best quarter-final match-up. Spain's midfield has played superb thus far, David Villa is atop the scoring charts, but their defense has looked sketchy. You can say much of the same about Italy, though the defense had really only had one bad half and Zambrotta had one dumb play. Luca Toni has been unlucky.

So after all that, Azzuri fans have gotten what we wanted -- qualification for the quarters and a winner over the French. Also Donadoni doesn't look as bad a coach as Domenech does he?

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