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Italy 2-0 Ghana
Monday, 12 June 2006

Italian supporters in Hanover

Italian supporters are in full singing voice well before the kick-off of their Group E game against Ghana in Hanover

Ghana fans in Hanover

And supporters of Ghana are determined to enjoy their first appearance at the World Cup finals

Italy's Simone Perrotta (right) is tackled by Sulley Muntari

Ghana show their intent early on, closing down the Italians quickly and putting in plenty of strong challenges

Michael Essien (second left) heads clear for Ghana

Richard Kingston in the Ghana goal makes a nervous start though, flapping at several crosses in the opening minutes

Luca Toni cannot believe he has not scored after hitting the crossbar for Italy

Italy create a host of chances, Luca Toni narrowly failing to convert a Simone Perotta cross before volleying onto the bar

Italy defender Alessandro Nesta holds off the challenge of Matthew Amoah

Ghana look to hit on the break, but the Italian defence has few problems in nullifying the threat from the Africans

Italy players celebrate Andrea Pirlo's (not pictured) goal

And with half-time approaching, Italy take the lead - Andrea Pirlo threading a shot through a crowded penalty area

Italy playmaker Francesco Totti limps away after picking up an injury

The second half starts badly for the Azurri though when Francesco Totti leaves the field after picking up a calf injury

Michale Essien (left) attacks for Ghana

Much of Ghana's attacking play comes through Michael Essien, but the Africans waste numerous chances

Vincenzo Iaquinta is stretchered off after being brought down by Samuel Kuffour

Italy appear to suffer more injury problems when substitute Vincenzo Iaquinta is stretchered off after a cynical tackle

Vincenzo Iaquinta wheels away after scoring Italy's second goal against Ghana

But the striker makes a speedy recovery to take advantage of Samuel Kuffour's underhit backpass to make it 2-0

Italy players celebrate their second goal against Ghana

The relief is evident for the Italians as the entire squad races down the touchline to join in the celebrations

Michale Essien (left) trudges off following Ghana's defeat to Italy

Essien's Ghana now know they must beat the Czech Republic in their next game to stand any chance of progressing

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