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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
Tackling Skills - HWC Ireland v Italy
Ireland's players celebrate their win

The Homeless World Cup kicked off in Edinburgh on 18 July - and you'll be able to catch all the latest action from the tournament right here.

Four graduates from the BBC Tackling Skills project will be reporting on all the games throughout the week-long tournament, which will see 32 countries and over 250 people taking part.

Here is a report of a thrilling encounter between Ireland and Italy.

Ireland 3-2 Italy - By Aaron Wall

Ireland snatched a dramatic last minute winner in their 3-2 victory over reigning champions Italy.

Ireland started well, keeping most of the possession and having numerous chances to score before they got their opener with a low shot into the left hand bottom corner.

Within minutes Ireland were two up with a crisp finish into the right hand corner.

Italy hit the crossbar with a fierce shot before they finally scored from close range. They then went down to three men after their striker was sin binned for throwing the ball into an opponent's face.

With only three men on the pitch, Italy's spirits still weren't dampened, and they managed to get the ball in the net.

However, it was disallowed for a foul on the Irish keeper. The luck of Irish was looking like it may have deserted them when the resulting free-kick deflected back into their own net making it 2-2.

But it proved it was still hanging around when they managed to score in the last minute to clinch a 3-2 victory.

Links to more Tackling Skills stories


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