Italy and Spain have played 120 scoreless minutes in their Euro 2008 qualifier, and while they’re headed to decisive penalty kicks, the readers of John Ashdown’s live blog for The Guardian have already declared this contest a dud, one of ’em asking “”Why do Italy play boring football and win, but England play boring football and lose?”

Half-time alternatives dept. “I’m with Andrew Goudie on this being boring,” writes Nick Einhorn. “Fortunately, in the States there’s some entertaining women’s golf on the neighboring channel that I’m flipping to frequently.” I’m hoping that ‘flipping’ isn’t some sort of American slang, Nick.