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Fritz-Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo | Attendance: 46000

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  • Francesco Totti 90' +5' PEN

1 - 0


Game 53

  • 94'

    FULL-TIME: Not one you'll want to watch again on DVD, that's for sure. Totti's penalty is the final kick of a stale game.

  • 93'

    GOAL! Substitute Totti steps up and smashes a shot in to the top corner. Great penalty, Italy celebrate wildly.

  • 92'

    PENALTY! Grosso throws himself to the ground under a challenge from Neill. The referee points to the spot, to everyone's amazement.

  • 91'

    Zambrotta becomes the sixth player booked as he holds up play by running away with the ball when a free-kick decision is given against him.

  • 90'

    HANDBALL! NO! GET ON WITH IT! The ball strikes Zambrotta on the arm; Australia cry in desperation for a penalty, the referee waves 'play-on'.

  • 89'

    Aloisi and Gattuso push and shove after a foul by the Italian, who is booked for the offence.

  • 88'

    The prospect of extra-time is looming like a thunderous black rain-cloud.

  • 87'

    GREAT CHANCE! SHANKED! A low cross causes panic in the Australian penalty area; after a couple of seconds of pinball, the ball drops to Iaquinta, but he scuffs his shot straight at Schwarzer.

  • 87'

    Neill makes another sliding challenge as he ends the promising run of Iaquinta; Barcelona are apparently interested in Neill. Strange, but true.

  • 86'

    Australia have made heavy weather of this; Italy are defensive masters, but Australia should have put them under more pressure since the sending off.

  • 85'

    WELL CLAIMED! Buffon dives bravely at the feet of Viduka as he smothers a low cross from the left.

  • 84'

    OVER! Bresciano cuts inside from the right wing; he decides to shoot, but hits a left-foot effort over the bar. Buffon watches it sail over with a wry grin.

  • 83'

    Neill keeps his cool to nod a long clearance back to Schwarzer; Neill has been excellent again this afternoon.

  • 82'

    AUSTRALIA SUB: Aloisi comes on to replace Sterjovski.

  • 81'

    ...but plants his header over the crossbar.

  • 81'

    ...Cahill jumps...

  • 81'

    Bresciano sends it in to the middle...

  • 80'

    Cahill wins Australia a corner when his shot at the near post is blocked and the ball spins behind.

  • 79'

    Totti throws himself to the ground, clutching his ankle, after a challenge with Chipperfield. Replays show there was barely any contact.

  • 78'

    EASY SAVE! Bresciano's shot from the edge of the area is poorly struck and straight at Buffon, who, frankly, has had little to do.

  • 77'

    Italy have now used all three of their substitutes, while Australia have used none; that might be a factor if we have extra-time.

  • 76'

    Neill blocks Perrotta's shot from the edge of the area.

  • 75'

    FOOT UP! Buffon does well to deal with an awkward pass-back; controlling the ball before launching a high clearance. Viduka is penalised for a high foot as he tried to block.

  • 74'

    ITALY SUB: Totti comes on to replace Del Piero; Del Piero did well in the first half, but has done little since the break.

  • 73'

    It isn't making for a very exciting match, but Italy are repelling Australia with ease.

  • 72'

    Australia have to stay patient and composed as they search for the winner; there are some signs that they are getting frustrated.

  • 71'

    It hasn't been the most entertaining match of the World Cup so far, but with Italy reduced to ten men, we should certainly have an intriguing finish.

  • 70'

    Australia are lofting a lot of crosses in to the penalty area, but the quality isn't that good, and they haven't got many players to get on the end of them.

  • 69'

    Italy are defending very deep, and are rarely threatening on the break; Australia can afford to push more people forward in these final twenty minutes or so.

  • 68'

    Unless Australia can find a way through this resolute Italian defence, we are going to have extra-time, and possibly penalties.

  • 67'

    TIPPED OVER! Pirlo over-hits a free-kick, but Schwarzer is forced to tip the ball over the bar when he senses it dropping under the crossbar.

  • 66'

    Del Piero is spending a lot of time on the ground at the moment, trying to win his side free-kicks; and for the most part, the referee is buying his dives.

  • 65'

    WELL CLAIMED! Buffon comes through a crowd to claim a Grella cross meant for Viduka at the far post.

  • 64'

    BAD CROSS! Gattuso has a great chance to find the unmarked Del Piero in the box, but he over-hits the cross and the ball runs clear.

  • 63'

    Still, the crowd aren't really involved too much in this match.

  • 62'

    Italy are having real trouble keeping possession; Australia are dominating the ball, but can't find a way through.

  • 61'

    Wiltshire is booked for a challenge on Del Piero; another harsh decision; Wiltshire hardly touched him. Del Piero made a lot of it.

  • 59'

    The sending off seems to have opened up some space down the flanks; it might be there that Australia can capitalise.

  • 58'

    BEATEN AWAY! Chipperfield finds some space in the box; he spins and fires in a low shot, but Buffon punches clear.

  • 57'

    Pirlo has had a poor game so far; he just hasn't been able to influence the play as much as he usually does.

  • 56'

    Pirlo curls a free-kick in to the box, but it is over-hit and runs out for a goal-kick.

  • 55'

    ITALY SUB: Barzagli comes on to replace Toni; a striker makes way as Lippi strengthens his back line following Materazzi's sending off.

  • 54'

    RUBBISH! Iquinta opts to shoot from a tight angle; Toni is well-placed in the area, but the substitute decides to shoot and blasts high over the bar.

  • 54'

    What Australia need to do now is to really try and up the tempo; to pressurise and hussle Italy all over the pitch and to try and force the game.

  • 53'

    The Italians are renowned for their defensive stability, so it won't be easy for Australia, even though they have the man advantage.

  • 52'

    CLOSE! Bresciano fires in the free-kick, but he can't get enough curl on the ball to bend it in the far corner.

  • 51'

    Zambrotta was there with Materazzi, so he wasn't the last defender; the referee must have deeemed the challenge dangerous.

  • 50'

    SHOCKING CHALLENGE! RED CARD! Materazzi is sent off for a dreadful sliding challenge on Bresciano, on the edge of the area. Italy are down to ten men.

  • 49'

    Cahill is booked, very harshly; he jumped for a challenge with Materazzi in the air, leaving the Italian defender on the floor.

  • 48'

    WASTED! Moore blocks Iquinta's shot, but the ball drops to Toni, who blasts over the bar from six yards out.

  • 47'

    Iquinta has gone up to play alongside Toni; he is a little more mobile, I think, than the man he replaced.

  • 46'

    Italy kick off the second half.

  • 45'

    ITALY SUB: Iaquinta comes on to replace Gilardino.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: A stop-start, patchy half; Italy have had the better chances and probably deserve to be ahead.

  • 44'

    ALMOST! Cahill is only inches from connecting with a Chipperfield cross. Italy went to sleep a little there.

  • 43'

    The game is rather limping towards half-time.

  • 42'

    Toni stays down after a clash with Moore; replays show it was a fair - but strong - challenge from the Aussie centre-back.

  • 41'

    OOH! Gilardino just can't stretch far enough to get a boot on Toni's flick-on into the area, and the ball bounces a yard wide of the post.

  • 40'

    NO-ONE THERE! Perrotta gets down the right and plays a first-time cross in to the middle, but only Toni has made the run in to the area, and he can't reach the ball.

  • 39'

    Italy have dominated the possession, and had a couple of good chances, but Australia have done well in the first half; their plan will be to get to 70 minutes or so and still be in the game, and then launch a strong finish.

  • 38'

    The winners of this tie will face either Switzerland or Ukraine in the quarter-final; that is the prize they're playing for.

  • 37'

    Materazzi makes a crucial interception as Cahill tries to feed a pass through to Viduka on the edge of the area.

  • 36'

    FACT ME UP, FOR I HAVE SINNED! Italy are currently on a 21-game unbeaten run, their best run since 1939.

  • 35'

    HOW DID HE MISS! Toni plants a close-range header over the bar after Zambrotta had nodded the ball back to him from the far post.

  • 34'

    BLOCKED! Toni brings down a high cross in to the area, but his shot is then blocked before it can threaten Schwarzer's goal.

  • 33'

    WELL READ! Cannavaro comes across and cuts out a pass meant for Viduka, who had made a good run in to space down the right channel.

  • 32'

    Australia's build-up play is a little laboured and predictable, but much of that is down to the fact that Italy have got so many players behind the ball.

  • 31'

    Bresciano gets the ball down the right wing, but he is out-numbered by the Italian defence and eventually loses possession.

  • 30'

    Australia's tactical plan seems to be heavily biased towards getting plenty of crosses in from the flanks. It isn't really working so far.

  • 29'

    CHANCE! A free-kick from the right is headed straight up in the air; the ball breaks to Chipperfield, but his low drive is straight at Buffon.

  • 28'

    Grosso is booked for triping Sterjovski on the right wing. The second yellow of the match.

  • 27'

    Culina crosses in from the right, but it is too long for Viduka and runs out of play for a throw.

  • 26'

    We're going through a bit of a slow spell at the moment; it has become a bit cagey.

  • 25'

    ...EASY SAVE! Bresciano clips the ball to the back post, but Viduka's downwards header bounces safely in to the hands of Buffon.

  • 24'

    Australia win a free-kick when Cannavaro shoves Cahill, 35 yards from goal. Bresciano stands over the set-piece...

  • 23'

    Grella is booked, presumably for saying something out of turn to the referee.

  • 22'

    WHAT A SAVE! Schwarzer makes a fantastic save with his legs after Toni had spun Grella in the area and fired in a low shot.

  • 21'

    Italy certainly look the more dangerous when they go forward, more inventive and incisive.

  • 20'

    TOUCHED OVER! Gilardino gets on the end of a Toni knock-down, but he can't quite get over the shot and Schwarzer tips over for a corner.

  • 19'

    Wiltshire attempts a shot from distance, but Gattuso blocks.

  • 18'

    It is another warm afternoon in Germany; it surely must be one of the hottest summers on record.

  • 17'

    Materazzi picks out Del Piero with another impressive pass from left-back, but the veteran striker has drifted off-side.

  • 16'

    Viduka tries to hold off Cannavaro on the edge of the area, but the referee rules the Australian striker did so illegally.

  • 15'

    Some of Italy's movement up front has been excellent; Del Piero, Gilardino and Toni are really working the Australian back four.

  • 14'

    Gattuso bursts forward from the back; he makes 40 yards before Moore stops him with a good tackle on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 13'

    The crowd have gone a little quiet inside the Fritz-Walter Stadion; they seem a little nervous, a bit on edge.

  • 12'

    GREAT PLAY! Del Piero fires a lovely pass in to the area in to the feet of Toni; he lays off to Gilardino, but Chipperfield makes a good block.

  • 11'

    Cahill is the man who has been given the task of supporting Viduka; he is getting in to some very advanced positions.

  • 10'

    This is a big day for Del Piero; he has been preferred to Totti, someone he has been in the shadow of for a while, and he will be desperate to prove the coach correct.

  • 9'

    Australia appear to want to play the game at a high tempo; they are taking free-kicks and throws very quickly in an effort to keep things moving.

  • 8'

    GREAT TACKLE! Gilardino breaks in to the area; he twists and turns - perhaps once too many - and is stopped before he can shoot by a desperate tackle from Neill.

  • 7'

    Gattuso bundles over Chipperfield; Australia take the free-kick quickly.

  • 6'

    It has been a bright start to this game; Australia are knocking the ball around very confidently, while Italy look sharp on the break.

  • 5'

    Australia have specialised in coming from behind during this World Cup; in fact, in total over three games, they have led for just three minutes - the final three against Japan in their final group game.

  • 4'

    GREAT CROSS! Del Piero whips in a sensational cross from the left; Toni gets above Chipperfield, but he plants his header a foot wide of the post.

  • 3'

    LIKE A SALMON! Cahill climbs highest in the box to meet a header from the left, but his header for goal is weak and easily saved.

  • 3'

    Australia have lined-up with what seems to be a 3-1-4-1-1 formation. Possibly.

  • 2'

    Italy have plumped for a very attacking line-up, with Del Piero playing behind Gilardino and Toni up front.

  • 1'

    Australia kick off to an enormous roar from the crowd.


    Fantastic rendition of 'Advance Australia Fair'.


    Hello, welcome to our coverage of the latest second round match from the 2006 World Cup - it's Italy v Australia, from Kaiserslautern.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Italy

  • 12(7)

  • -

  • 17

  • 42%


  • Australia

  • 10(4)

  • -

  • 24

Match Stats

  • Italy
  • Australia
12(7) Shots (on goal) 10(4)
17 Fouls 24
2 Corner kicks 2
2 Offsides 1
42% Time of Possession 58%
3 Yellow Cards 3
1 Red Cards 0
7 Saves 5

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