UEFA Champions League
Previous
Aktobe Lento
Dinamo Tbilisi
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 4 - 0
Game Details
FK Ventspils
Malmo FF
0
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rabotnicki Kometal
2
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
Stromsgodset
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 0
Game Details
NK Maribor
Zrinjski Mostar
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
St Patricks
Legia Warsaw
0
5
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 6
Game Details
FC Aarau
FC Sion Sitten
1
0
FT
Game Details
FC Zürich
FC Thun
2
1
FT
Game Details
San Jose
Chicago
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Antonio Scorpions
Carolina RailHawks
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Lorenzo
Bolívar
5
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Instituto de Córdoba
0
0
FT
Game Details
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
Defensa y Justicia
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Ceará
Chapecoense AF
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
Avaí
Palmeiras
0
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
ABC
Novo Hamburgo
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Botafogo da Paraiba
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
CR Vasco da Gama
0
0
LIVE 24'
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Bahia
1
0
LIVE 25'
Leg 1
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Sport Huancayo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
Mushuc Runa
Postp
Game Details
Emelec
Deportivo Quito
Postp
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Club Deportivo Cuenca
Postp
Game Details
Olmedo
El Nacional
Postp
Game Details
Liga de Loja
LDU Quito
Postp
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
Postp
Game Details
Albirex Niigata
FC Tokyo
0
1
FT
Game Details
Gamba Osaka
Shimizu S-Pulse
4
0
FT
Game Details
Kashima Antlers
Omiya Ardija
2
2
FT
Game Details
Sagan Tosu
Kawasaki Frontale
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Kashiwa Reysol
5
2
FT
Game Details
Tokushima Vortis
Urawa Red Diamonds
0
2
FT
Game Details
Vantforet Kofu
Cerezo Osaka
0
0
FT
Game Details
Vegalta Sendai
Nagoya Grampus Eight
3
3
FT
Game Details
Yokohama F. Marinos
Vissel Kobe
1
1
FT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
Portland Thorns FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 1, 2006

Toni so delighted to be on the scoresheet

A big weight was lifted off the broad shoulders of Luca Toni as the Italian striker finally scored in the World Cup to help the Azzurri beat Ukraine.

Fiorentina's record goalscorer had struggled to find the net since the end of the Serie A season but Toni struck twice after Gianluca Zambrotta's opener as Italy won 3-0.

'I really hoped that this was my night,' Toni told PA Sport.

'I was saddened because in the past few days, I had received a lot of criticism.'

Toni struck 31 league goals this campaign to lead Fiorentina to Champions League qualification but has yet to find the net in Germany.

The Azzurri fans had high expectations that Toni, who finished as top scorer in Serie A and in his national team's World Cup qualifiers, would shine in Germany.

The tall forward was a starter in Italy's first two group games against Ghana and the United States but failure to find the target saw him dropped for the crucial clash against the Czech Republic.

He did return to play in the Azzurri's narrow victory against Australia.

'I felt attacked for certain things that I didn't think were right,' he said.

'I have tried to work very hard in training and I always try to be ready. Today I have finally taken a big weight off my shoulders.'

Italy will now face Germany in the semi-finals.

It has been an agonising week for the players, many of whom are uncertain about their club futures due to the match-fixing scandal in Italy.

Toni's club, Fiorentina, are among the sides under scrutiny and punishment could see them relegated to Serie B.

The 29-year-old was emotional after the game.

'I dedicate my goals to those who have always been close to me even in the most difficult times of my career,' he said.

'I think it has been the night of Italy, of a good group, of a team that wants to go far.

'Today we have taken a big step forward and we are now just one game away from the final.

'We now have to play against Germany and it's going to be a big battle but we will wait and see.'

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.