Monday, July 10, 2006

9 MORE Pics – WORLD CUP 2006 – ITALY 5 France 3 PENALTY Kicks; 1 – 1 at Full Time; 7 min Penalty Goal by Zidaine Equalized at 19 min by Mazzerati

The jubilant Italian Captain Fabio Cannavaro hosting up the most coveted Football Cup

and the winning Italian Squad posing with the Cup

It is OVER the World Cup 2006 for Football. It was 1-1 Full time and ITALIANS won by penalty kicks 5-3 when France Trezeguet's shot hit the post and bouncing out,

Zidaine put the French ahead in the 7 min and Mazzeratie equalized at 19 min and there were no goals till end of extra time

Above: Zidane penaly shot into the Italian Goal at the 7 min

Below: The Italian's Jubilation after the 19 min Equalizer

Below:The clinging Penaly that gave the Italians 5 - 3 win over the French team

Below:The joy and jubilation immediately the
win was secured at about 4.40 am M'sian time

and read this Reuter's detailed account via Bernama; July 10, 2006 09:51 AM
Italy win fourth World Cup after shootout; Mitch Phillips

BERLIN, July 10 (Reuters) - Italy won the World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday when they beat France 5-3 on penalties after the teams finished level at 1-1 in a dramatic final that saw French captain Zinedine Zidane sent off in extra time.

After David Trezeguet hit the bar with his spot kick the Italians kept their nerve to end their penalties curse with fullback Fabio Grosso converting the fifth and decisive kick.

Zidane, who opened the scoring with a penalty after seven minutes, was sent off nine minutes from the end of extra time for a head butt into the chest of Marco Materazzi, who had equalised for Italy with a 19th-minute header.

It was certainly not the way Zidane would have wanted to end his glorious career as he became only the fourth player to be sent off in a World Cup final but the Italians did not care.

Instead, it was Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro, exemplary again in his 100th international, who lifted the trophy to add to the Azzurri's successes of 1934, 1938 and 1982.

They have become the second most successful team in World Cup history after Brazil, who have won it five times.

"I have to say thanks to the players," said Italy coach Marcello Lippi. "This is the most satisfying moment of my life.

"The players have unlimited heart, character and personality," he added. "We are very happy."

It had looked good for France early on and for long periods of the game when they looked the more creative side.

Their penalty came after Florent Malouda drove into the box and was felled by a clumsy challenge from Materazzi.


Zidane opted to nonchalantly chip his spot kick above the diving Gianluigi Buffon and the ball struck the bar before bouncing down behind the line to put France ahead.

The linesman signalled a goal and Zidane celebrated the first and only time an opponent had scored against Italy in the tournament. Previously they had conceded just one own goal.

Zidane, who headed two goals in the 1998 showpiece match, became only the fourth player to score three times in World Cup finals after Brazilian duo Vava and Pele and England's Geoff Hurst, who got a hat-trick in the 1966 final.

Italy equalised 12 minutes later when Materazzi atoned for his earlier misdemeanour by rising magnificently above Patrick Vieira to head home an Andrea Pirlo corner from the right.

It was the first time both teams had scored in the final in 20 years and Italy went close again in the 36th minute when striker Luca Toni headed against the bar from Pirlo's cross.

France started the second half full of running with their lone striker Henry Thierry, who was a frustrated, unused substitute in the 1998 final against Brazil, looking dangerous.

Fabien Barthez was beaten again in the 62nd minute by a Toni header which was ruled out for offside but France remained the more adventurous amid the tiredness as the error count rose.


They could not force a way through, though, and the final went into an extra 30 minutes for the fifth time.

Zidane could have finished the night as a two-goal hero, just as he was eight years ago, when he forced a spectacular save from Buffon after 105 minutes as he met Willy Sagnol's cross with a stunning header.

Instead, he ended the match in disgrace when, after an exchange of words with Materazzi, he felled the centre back with an angry butt.

The officials seemed to miss the incident but the Italian players remonstrated loudly and Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo ended Zidane's career nine minutes prematurely with a straight red card.

Italy had beaten Germany with two goals at the end of extra time in their semi-final but, despite their man advantage, they were out on their feet and unable to muster any further attacks.

"We can say that Zidane being sent off was the killing moment of the game," said France coach Raymond Domenech.

"Especially in extra time the Italian team were obviously waiting for the penalty shootout."

Having lost all three of their previous shootouts, including against France in the 1998 quarter-finals and Brazil in the 1994 final, Italy must have feared the worst.

This time though they were nerveless with five confidently struck kicks. France, however, were shorn of four probable first-choice penalty-takers through substitutions and the red card.

Six years ago Trezeguet scored a golden goal winner in the European Championship final that Italy had led until injury time but this time fate was against him.

Unlike Zidane's penalty in normal time, Trezeguet's struck the bar and bounced on the wrong side of the line.

Grosso, who was the late hero of Italy's second round win over Australia and the semi-final victory over Germany, applied the final touch to spark wild celebrations. Zidane did not reappear to collect his loser's medal.

More pictures to come on the PENALTY Kicks in the next this space......

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