• FT

    Italy

    1

    Australia

    0

  • FT-PENS

    Switzerland

    0 (0)

    Ukraine

    0 (3)

FIFA WORLD CUP

Fritz-Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo | Attendance: 46000

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Italy

  • Francesco Totti 90' +5' PEN

1 - 0

FT

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.

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    Fantastic rendition of 'Advance Australia Fair'.

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

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Italy

  • 12(7)

  • -

  • 17

  • 42%

    58%

  • 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