Italy and France draw 1-1; Italy wins FIFA World Cup on penalties
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Italy converted five immaculate penalties to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup after a drawn game and thirty minutes of extra-time in the spectacular arena of the Olympiastadion Berlin, Sunday.
French captain Zinedine Zidane did not help his team when, 20 minutes into extra time, he lost control of his emotions and got a red card after ramming his head into the chest of Italian player Marco Materazzi.
The game was closely contested with the play makers on both sides - Andrea Pirlo and Zidane, on his last game before retirement - not getting much space with which to dominate the play. For Italy and France Gennaro Gattuso and Claude Makelele tackled hard.
However; both creative midfield stars made important contributions to the only goals of the game. Zidane converted a chipped penalty after five minutes while Pirlo's magnificent corner, a quarter of an hour later, thundered into the net off Marco Materazzi's head.
Materazzi had previously conceded the penalty when he tapped Florent Malouda on his ankle as he ran past him in the penalty area.
In the first half Italy's left and right defensive backs Gianluca Zambrotta and Fabio Grosso penetrated down the French flanks. But after the break France came out the strongest. The flow of the game was disrupted when Patrick Viera pulled-up injured and Marcello Lippi made two substitutions on the hour. A deadlock resulted as teams tired and individuals battled for every ball without thinking too hard about constructing team attacks.
Materazzi was never far from the action in the final and though Italy had 55 percent of ball possession was one of the busier players on the pitch. France were slightly more potent offensively with 13 shots - out-shooting the Azzurri by eight attempts.
In Extra Time France came closest to a goal - Zidane, unmarked, headed to goal from 12 yards but was tipped over one-handed by Gianluigi Buffon.
Zidane's next contribution to the game was not so graceful and appeared to be sparked by the close marking of the ubiquitous Materazzi. After a verbal altercation the 34-year-old turned around and drove his head violently into the Italian's upper chest.
Materazzi was knocked backwards on the floor but the incident occurred off the ball and was not immediately noticed by the referee or his assistants. Buffon soon ran out of his penalty area to an assistant referee and the game was stopped.
Horacio Elizondo ran to the touchline to consult with officials and returned waving a red card for the violent conduct of Zidane. It is likely FIFA used information from fourth and fifth official to confirm the decision. However FIFA denied video evidence claims alleged by France team's coach Raymond Domenech.
The headbutt and red card was Zidane's last action in football as he had said he would retire after the tournament.
A penalty shootout was necessary to decide the winner. Eight shots went in; David Trezeguet missed the one that mattered. His shot hit the crossbar and unlike Zidane's penalty in the first half, bounced down inches the wrong side of the goal line.
While Zidane was hanging his boots up Marco Materazzi scored Italy's third. Grosso, who in the second round had won a last minute penalty against Australia, powered in the fifth to give Italy the cup.
The only goal Marcello Lippi's Italy conceded during free play in the tournament proved to be an own goal from Cristian Zaccardo against the United States of America.
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro, on the occasion of his 100th cap, was instrumental in their defensive achievement. Amid wild scenes of joy on the pitch he jumped onto the podium and lifted the trophy, the fourth of Italy's history.
Post match celebrations
Following the match the streets and plazas of Italy were filled with celebrating fans, with flags waving from thousands of cars and motorbikes.
- Celebrations in Florence for the winning penalty
- Celebrations on the streets of Florence after the win by Italy
|July 9, 2006
|Zidane 7' (pen)
|Wiltord||Hard to left||Materazzi||Hard to left|
|Trezeguet||Hit crossbar right||X||De Rossi||Hard high right|
|Abidal||Hard to right||Del Piero||Hard high right|
|Sagnol||Hard center||Grosso||Hard high left|
Notes are from the goalkeeper's view.
|Right wing||Right||Center||Left||Left wing|
|Fabien Barthez (GK)|
|Eric Abidal||Liliam Thuram||William Gallas||Willy Sagnol 12'|
|Claude Makelele 76'|
|Florent Malouda 111'||Patrick Viera||Franck Ribery|
|Zinedine Zidane(C) 110'|
- 56' Alou Diarra for Viera
- 100' David Trezeguet for Ribery
- 107' Sylvain Wiltord for Henry
Coach: Raymond Domenech
|Right wing||Right||Center||Left||Left wing|
|Gianluigi Buffon (GK)|
|Fabio Cannavaro (C)||Marco Materazzi|
|Gianluca Zambrotta 5'||Gennaro Gattuso||Fabio Grosso|
|Mauro Camoranesi||Andrea Pirlo||Simone Perrotta|
- 61' Vincenzo Iaquinta for Francesco Totti
- 61' Daniele De Rossi for Perrotta
- 86' Alessandro Del Piero for Camoranesi
Coach: Marcello Lippi
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- "Germany 2006 analysis: The tactics" — , July 7, 2006
- "FIFA denies video evidence claims" — , July 10, 2006
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