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Monday, 26th June
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Second Round Match

Travel to Italy Italy vs Travel to Australia Australia
in Kaiserslautern

Previous Encounters:
This is the first time Italy and Australia have met.

The Match:
Australia started with a good shape and made it hard for Italy to make an early opening; although they did have a couple of chances.

In the 20th minute, Mark Schwarzer tipped one such chance over the bar from Alberto Gilardino; after a header down by Luca Toni.

Then two minutes later, Schwarzer, diving the wrong way, saved Luca Toni's turn and shoot attempt; with his foot.

Gianluigi Buffon had a slight scare on the half hour when he didn't stop Scott Chipperfield's shot properly and Mark Viduka almost got to the ball before the Italian regained his composure.

Luca Toni, still looking for his first World Cup goal, was again denied a couple of chances by some swift Australian defending. No easy ride for the Italians.

Half-time: (0:0)

The second-half started the way the first ended, with Luca Toni missing another chance by shooting over the bar.

Italy were reduced to ten men when Marco Materazzi was shown a straight red, in the 50th minute, for a challenge that caught both Marco Bresciano and Gianluca Zambrotta.

The one thing consistent about this World Cup is that the referees are inconsistent. Talk about joke referees.

Again the balance of play is destroyed as Andrea Barzagli replaced Luca Toni to compensate for the 'red card'.

The biggest cheer, from the Italian fans, came fifteen minutes before the end of normal time when Francesco Totti came on for Alessandro Del Piero.

As the game approached extra-time, Guus Hiddink looked on smugly; as he knew he still had two substitutions to make.

As the seconds of injury time ticked out, Italy were awarded a penalty when Lucas Neill tried to tackle too early and missed the ball; allowing Fabio Grosso to fall over him.

Francesco Totti held his nerve at the spot and Italy are through.

Final Score:
Travel to Italy Italy 1 - Travel to Australia Australia 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Francesco Totti (93)

Teams

Italy: (Captain Fabio Cannavaro)
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 3 Fabio Grosso, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta, 23 Marco Materazzi; 8 Gennaro Gattuso, 20 Simone Perrotta, 21 Andrea Pirlo; 7 Alessandro Del Piero, 9 Luca Toni, 11 Alberto Gilardino.

Australia: (Captain Mark Viduka)
1 Mark Schwarzer; 2 Lucas Neill, 3 Craig Moore; 4 Tim Cahill, 5 Jason Culina, 13 Vince Grella, 14 Scott Chipperfield, 20 Luke Wilkshire, 21 Mile Sterjovski, 23 Marco Bresciano; 9 Mark Viduka.

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo Travel to Spain

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Italy) - 15 Vincenzo Iaquinta on for 11 Alberto Gilardino
55 Mins (Italy) - 6 Andrea Barzagli on for Luca Toni
75 Mins (Italy) - 10 Francesco Totti on for 7 Alessandro Del Piero
81 Mins (Australia) - 15 John Aloisi on for 21 Mile Sterjovski

Yellow Cards 6 Yellow Cards:
23 Mins - Vince Grella (Australia)
29 Mins - Fabio Grosso (Italy)
49 Mins - Tim Cahill (Australia)
61 Mins - Luke Wilkshire (Australia)
89 Mins - Gennaro Gattuso (Italy)
90 Mins - Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
51 Mins - Marco Materazzi (Italy)

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Second Round

Game 1
Germany vs Sweden
München

Game 2
England vs Ecuador
Stuttgart

Game 3
Argentina vs Mexico
Leipzig

Game 4
Portugal vs Holland
Nürnberg

Game 5
Italy vs Australia
Kaiserslautern

Game 6
Brazil vs Ghana
Dortmund

Game 7
Switzerland vs Ukraine
Köln

Game 8
Spain vs France
Hannover

Quarter-finals

Game A
Germany vs Argentina
Berlin

Game B
England vs Portugal
Gelsenkirchen

Game C
Italy vs Ukraine
Hamburg

Game D
Brazil vs France
Frankfurt

Semi-finals

Semi Final 1
Germany vs Italy
Dortmund

Semi Final 2
Portugal vs France
München

Third-Place Match

Saturday, 8th July
Germany vs Portugal
Stuttgart

2006 World Cup Final

Sunday, 9th July
Italy vs France
Berlin

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Group D
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Group E
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Group F
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Group G
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Group H
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