Tuesday, 4th July
Hosts Crash Out To Double Whammy
Germany vs Italy
Of the recent encounters between the two teams, Italy have the slight advantage; although
most of the games were friendly matches.
In previous meetings at the World Cup Finals, West Germany (as they
were in those days) lost two and drew two with Italy: Spain
1982 World Cup Final (1:3); Argentina 1978
2nd Group Stage (0:0); Mexico 1970 Semi-final
(3:4 aet - with the game 1:1 after 90 minutes, five goals were scored in extra time); and Chile 1962 Group Stage (0:0).
No cattanaccio today as both teams were prepared to attack and counter attack, despite the
No early goals though.
Germany's best chance came on the quarter hour, as Miroslav Klose
tried to knock down a high ball to Lukas Podolski but Fabio Cannavaro sped in to clear the
Then at the other end, Jens Lehmann scrambled at Simone Perrotta's
feet and sprawled around trying to keep out any follow up. It took a few attempts before
the Arsenal keeper could smother the ball.
Then just after the half-hour, Germany again with a real threat; as
Miroslav Klose and Bernd Schneider linked up to try and profit from Andrea Pirlo's
mistake. Gianluigi Buffon wasn't really tested though, as Schneider's shot flew over the
Italy tried to slow the tempo down after the break, then snapped into
In the 50th minute, Miroslav Klose tried to run through Gennaro
Gattuso and Fabio Cannavaro but Gianluigi Buffon was right out to the edge of his area to
Then at the other end, Jens Lehmann had to be sharp to stop Fabio
Grosso. Some of the German fans started to look concerned; as if their party had been
gate-crashed by unwelcome guests.
Then on the 62nd minute, Lukas Podolski turned in the area and tried a
snap-shot. The angle was tight and an alert Gianluigi Buffon had it covered.
With twenty minutes to go, until the end of normal time, and still no
substitutions, it looked like the two teams might be thinking about the long haul.
Then Jürgen Klinsmann played his first card and brought on some fresh
legs; Bastian Schweinsteiger on for Tim Borowski.
Marcello Lippi immediately followed suit, with Luca Toni leaving the
field for Alberto Gilardino.
With eight minutes to go, Germany were awarded a free-kick on the edge
of the area; Ballack blasted the ball over the wall and over the bar.
Two minutes later, Jens Lehmann ran off his line to make a flying
save; before Simone Perrotta knew what hit him.
Into Extra Time.
Lippi made his second substitution: Vincenzo Iaquinta replacing Mauro
Italy hit the woodwork twice in the first minutes of extra-time: first
Alberto Gilardino beat Michael Ballack, to try and sneak a shot between Jens Lehmann and
the post (hit the post) and then moments later, Gianluca Zambrotta hit the bar when the
ball came out of the area to him, from a corner.
As Italy always go out on penalties (like England) and Germany always
seem to win methodically from the spot, Lippi played his last card to try and pinch the
game in the last fifteen minutes: Alessandro Del Piero coming on for Simone Perrotta.
With just over a minute before the penalties, Italy scored.
The German defenders crowded their penalty area but were caught
flat-footed when Andrea Pirlo moved right along the edge of the area and fed Fabio Grosso;
who unleashed a curling shot past the airborne Lehmann; what were all those defenders
The German dream was dealt a double whammy, when Alessandro Del Piero
ran on to Alberto Gilardino's flick and side-footed the ball into the top corner of the
Der Spiel ist Aus.
Germany 0 - Italy 2
After Extra Time
0:1 Fabio Grosso (119)
0:2 Alessandro Del Piero (120)
Germany: (Captain Michael Ballack)
1 Jens Lehmann; 3 Arne Friedrich, 16 Philip Lahm, 17 Per Mertesacker,
21 Christoph Metzelder; 5 Sebastian Kehl, 13 Michael Ballack, 18 Tim
Borowski, 19 Bernd Schneider; 11 Miroslav Klose, 20 Lukas Podolski.
Italy: (Captain Fabio Cannavaro)
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 3 Fabio Grosso, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta, 23 Marco
Materazzi; 8 Gennaro Gattuso, 10 Francesco Totti, 16 Mauro Camoranesi, 20 Simone Perrotta,
21 Andrea Pirlo; 9 Luca Toni.
Referee: Benito Archundia
73 Mins (Germany) - 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger on for Tim Borowski
74 Mins (Italy) - 11 Alberto Gilardino on for 9 Luca Toni
83 Mins (Germany) - 22 David Odonkor on for 19 Bernd Schneider
91 Mins (Italy) - 15 Vincenzo Iaquinta on for 16 Mauro Camoranesi
104 Mins (Italy) - 7 Alessandro Del Piero on for 20 Simone Perrotta
11 Mins (Germany) - 10 Oliver Neuville on for 11 Miroslav Klose
40 Mins - Tim Borowski (Germany)
56 Mins - Christoph Metzelder (Germany)
89 Mins - Mauro Camoranesi (Italy)
0 Red Cards.
2006 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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