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Saturday, 17th June 2006
Drama As Three Sent Off

Group E Match

Italy vs USA
Kaiserslautern

Previous Encounters:
Italy have never lost to the United States. The two teams last met in February 2002, when Italy won the friendly match in Catania (1:0). On American soil, at the US Cup in Chicago on 6th June 1992, Team USA did manage a (1:1) draw.

Previous World Cup meetings between Italy and USA occured at Italy 1990 and Italy 1934; where Italy ran out winners on both occassions, (1:0) and (7.1) respectively.

The Match:
The United States started with the will to win and for the first twenty minutes made most of the running and flustered the Italians, but just lacked precision when in front of goal.

Then in the 22nd minute, Italy won a free-kick on the right of the USA penalty area. Alberto Gilardino lost his markers dived to head the ball from Andrea Pirlo, past Kasey Keller.

Five minutes later, Cristian Zaccardo tried to clear an American free-kick and to his disbelief, the ball spun off his boot and into the net. USA had drawn level with Italy.

Daniele De Rossi made things worse for the Italians when, less than a minute after the equaliser, he jumped for a ball with McBride and elbowed the American in the face. The red blood match the card Jorge Larrionda pulled out of his pocket; Italy were down to ten men.

De Rossi also ended Francesco Totti's game when Marcello Lippi was forced to make a tactical substitution and bring on Gennaro Gattuso in midfield.

The numbers were even out when, just before half-time, Pablo Mastroeni slid into Andrea Pirlo with both feet.

Half-time: (1-1).

Then to add even more drama to the game, Eddie Pope was booked for a second time and shown the red card; 10 vs 9 and America play with three at the back.

Bocanegra then headed onto his own bar before Lippi brings on Alessandro Del Piero to try and take advantage of the problems the United States are having at the back with one man less.

The Americans were then totally shocked when McBride's back-heeled goal was ruled offside; correctly.

With less than twenty minutes left to play, Kasey Keller saved from Del Piero as Italy tried desperately to take advantage of the extra man.

As USA moved the ball around, with eight minutes to go, it was hard to believe they were the team with one player less. But they took too long on their build-up, couldn't decide whether to break into the box or focus on defending and allowed the Italians to get back.

Final Score:
Italy 1 - USA 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Alberto Gilardino (22)
1:1 Cristian Zaccardo (own goal, 27)

Teams

Italy: (Captain Fabio Cannavaro)
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 2 Cristian Zaccardo, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 13 Alessandro Nesta, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta; 4 Daniele De Rossi, 10 Francesco Totti, 20 Simone Perrotta, 21 Andrea Pirlo; 9 Luca Toni, 11 Alberto Gilardino.

USA: (Captain Claudio Reyna)
18 Kasey Keller; 3 Carlos Bocanegra, 4 Pablo Mastroeni, 6 Steve Cherundolo, 22 Oguchi Onyewu, 23 Eddie Pope; 8 Clinton Dempsey, 10 Claudio Reyna, 15 Bobby Convey, 21 Landon Donovan; 20 Brian McBride.

Referee:
Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)

Substitutions Substitutions:
35 Mins (Italy) - 8 Gennaro Gattuso on for 10 Francesco Totti
52 Mins (USA) - 13 Jimmy Conrad on for 15 Bobby Convey
54 Mins (Italy) - 7 Alessandro Del Piero on for 2 Cristian Zaccardo
61 Mins (Italy) - 15 Vincenzo Iaquinta on for 9 Luca Toni
62 Mins (USA) - 17 DaMarcus Beasley on for 8 Clinton Dempsey

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
5 Mins - Francesco Totti (Italy)
21 Mins - Eddie Pope (United States)
47 Mins - Eddie Pope (United States)
70 Mins - Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)

Red Cards 3 Red Cards:
28 Mins - Daniele De Rossi (Italy)
45 Mins - Pablo Mastroeni (United States)
47 Mins - Eddie Pope (United States)

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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