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World Cup finally fills the bill

Updated: September 12, 2004, 12:26 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- In a tournament that has been derided and ignored, has featured petulant stars and embattled coaches, this was, finally, a keeper.

More than a keeper, this 4-3 semifinal overtime win by Canada over the Czech Republic was a reason to forget, if only for an evening, the ominous future of the game.

It was a night filled with whip-saw momentum, nail-biting tension and in the end, a victory by a Canadian team that will ensure at least one half of the marquee match-up in Tuesday's ...

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