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

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
  Germany 0–2   Italy Signal Iduna Park

Grosso 119'
Del Piero 121'+

Attendance: 65'000

Formations

Germany

Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
 Jens Lehmann (GK)
 Arne Friedrich  Per Mertesacker  Christoph Metzelder 56'   Philipp Lahm
 Bernd Schneider  Michael Ballack (C)  Sebastian Kehl  Tim Borowski 40' 
 Miroslav Klose  Lukas Podolski

Substitutes

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

Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann

  denotes one goal scored.


Italy

Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
 Gianluigi Buffon (GK)
 Fabio Cannavaro (C)  Marco Materazzi
 Gianluca Zambrotta  Gennaro Gattuso  Fabio Grosso  
 Mauro Camoranesi 90'   Andrea Pirlo  Simone Perrotta
 Francesco Totti
 Luca Toni

Substitutes

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

Coach: Marcello Lippi

  denotes one goal scored.

Officials

  Referee: Benito Archundia   

  Assistant referee: Jose Ramirez

  Assistant referee: Hector Vergara

  Fourth referee: Toru Kamikawa

  Fifth referee: Yoshikazu Hiroshima

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