Italy score two late in Extra Time to advance to finals, hosts Germany to play in third place match

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Tuesday, July 4, 2006

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Two stylish Italian goals minutes from the end of the second period of Extra Time prevented a penalty kick shootout and sent Germany out of the FIFA World Cup in Dortmund on Tuesday.

Signal Iduna Park

Despite the best attacking efforts from the two teams, the score had remained level during 90 minutes of regulation time and the 28 overtime minutes that preceded the game winner.

Moments after Jens Lehmann had dived to put Andrea Pirlo's 25 yard drive behind for a corner, the German keeper was helpless. With the clock on 119 minutes Fabio Grosso, found in the area by Pirlo, circled a left foot shot across him just inside the far post.

Just two minutes later, Alessandro Del Piero got Italy's second with the last kick of the game when he clipped high past Lehmann's left hand at the end of a fast break-away with Alberto Gilardino.

Lehmann had the busier match and made eight saves while Gianluigi Buffon was troubled by two. The Arsenal goalkeeper had also to deal with twelve corner kicks, many of which he plucked easily from the Italian heads.

Germany played the game without ball winner Torsten Frings, whom FIFA had suspended from the match for a punch thrown in a melee after the penalty shootout in the quarter-final against Argentina.

In the 90 minutes the better chances fell to Germany. On half an hour Bernd Schneider was free on goal but did not keep his shot down. After an hour Lukas Podolski, right of goal, spun and shot but was denied by Gianluigi Buffon.

The Italian defence had not conceded a goal for four games, and were to go on to record a fifth shut out in six games at the World Cup finals.

The statistics suggest Italy were the most attacking side in the match with eight more corners, nine more offsides and 14 per cent more ball possession than their opponents.

Italy played overtime with a vigorous intent to win and nearly cracked the Germans in the first two minutes. Gilardino cut back from the goal line and got away a sneaky near post shot but it bounced off the inside of Lehmann's left post. Gianluca Zambrotta drove one from the edge of the area but was denied by Lehmann's crossbar.

The Germans who had gone the full 120 minutes in their last game appeared the more tired team but had a chance to go 1-0 in front. Lukas Podolski was found unmarked at the near post, but his header from ten yards was about ten yards wide.

Italy had an emotional history of penalty kick shootout losses at the World Cup, including a defeat in the 1994 World Cup final, but Marcello Lippi's team's persistence was eventually rewarded. There were no penalties to overcome. Germany has won a total of five World Cup penalty shootouts in a row.

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Semi-finals

Match 61

July 4, 2006
21:00
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 0–2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Signal Iduna Park

Grosso 119'
Del Piero 121'+

Attendance: 65'000

Formations

Germany

Flag of Germany.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Germany.svgJens Lehmann (GK)
Flag of Germany.svgArne Friedrich Flag of Germany.svgPer Mertesacker Flag of Germany.svgChristoph Metzelder 56'Yellow card.svg Flag of Germany.svgPhilipp Lahm
Flag of Germany.svgBernd Schneider Flag of Germany.svgMichael Ballack (C) Flag of Germany.svgSebastian Kehl Flag of Germany.svgTim Borowski 40'Yellow card.svg
Flag of Germany.svgMiroslav Klose Flag of Germany.svgLukas Podolski

Substitutes

  • 73' Bastian Schweinsteiger for Borowski
  • 83' David Ondonker for Schneider
  • 111' Oliver Neuville for Klose

Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Italy

Flag of Italy.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Italy.svgGianluigi Buffon (GK)
Flag of Italy.svgFabio Cannavaro (C) Flag of Italy.svgMarco Materazzi
Flag of Italy.svgGianluca Zambrotta Flag of Italy.svgGennaro Gattuso Flag of Italy.svgFabio Grosso Soccerball.jpg
Flag of Italy.svgMauro Camoranesi 90'Yellow card.svg Flag of Italy.svgAndrea Pirlo Flag of Italy.svgSimone Perrotta
Flag of Italy.svgFrancesco Totti
Flag of Italy.svgLuca Toni

Substitutes

  • 74' Alberto Gilardinho for Toni
  • 91' Vincenzo Iaquinta for Camoranesi
  • 104' Alessandro Del Piero Soccerball.jpg for Perrotta

Coach: Marcello Lippi

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.

Officials

Flag of Mexico.svg Referee: Benito Archundia Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Mexico.svg Assistant referee: Jose Ramirez

Flag of Canada.svg Assistant referee: Hector Vergara

Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Fourth referee: Toru Kamikawa

Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Fifth referee: Yoshikazu Hiroshima

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