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By ESPN Staff
Jul 4, 2006

Del Piero hails 'the realisation of a dream'

DORTMUND, July 4 (Reuters) - Italy's Allessandro Del Piero said it was hard to describe his feelings after beating Germany 2-0 following extra time in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final.

'It was fantastic to be part of a match like that,' said substitute striker Del Piero, who scored Italy's second goal.

'To win in their own backyard -- there aren't any words that describe what I'm feeling right now...

'I've had some criticism recently, but today I demonstrated that my desire is as great as anyone else's.'

Italy coach Marcello Lippi, who saw his team snatch two late goals near the end of the extra period with fullback Fabio Grosso putting them ahead, said Italy had dominated the game.

'This is the realisation of a dream that has lasted a long time. If there was a team that was going to win this game, it was going to be us,' he said.

'We dominated the territory and we were tired at the end and risked a bit, but not too much. This morning I had a chat with the boys and I said a few things.'