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Saturday, 1 July, 2000, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
By BBC Sport Online's Pete Lansley
Italian fans reckon that now they have banished their shootout phobia after their ten men overcame 11 Dutchmen, the Euro title is beckoning.
Toni Messinella, 23, and his 16-year-old brother Maurizio live near the German border in Holland.
After witnessing Thursday night's semi-final triumph over the Dutch, not even world champions France present them with any fear.
"We can beat France," said Maurizio. "We have won a very difficult match against Holland so morally we are very high.
"If ten have beaten 11, now we can beat anybody."
Holland, heart of the Low Countries, has never been as flat as in the 48 hours since Francesco Toldo pulled off his penalty heroics.
Up in Amsterdam, ready for the oranje party to surpass all others, the shops still carry balloons and bunting in the national colour but more out of a lethargic unwillingness to pull them down than any lingering enthusiasm.
Nipping down to Rotterdam on Friday afternoon, a massive sports shop still has the 22 named-shirts of the Dutch squad revolving on a display.
If Holland is a country in mourning, just as Belgium was a nation indifferent, there are pockets of excited French and Italians swirling through gradually on Saturday morning.
Toni said: "Like Holland, Italy don't usually take the penalties very well.
"We lost two years ago in the world championship, when we lost to France, and in 1990 when we lost the semi-final to Argentia on penalties.
"Finally Italy have played with the heart and we are in the final.
"France are a very technical team and Zidane is the perfect player.
"But I hope Italy, forza Italia, will again play from the heart as they have in the semi-final, ten prevailing over 11, facing two penalties and still coming through.
"Alessandro Del Piero is our favourite player but when I saw Alessando Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro play against Holland, they were formidable.
"They were heroes."
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