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Italy 1-1 USA
Saturday, 17 June 2006




Italy fans in Kaiserslautern

Italian fans have an impromptu game outside the stadium in Kaiserslautern ahead of their Group E game against USA

American supporters in Kaiserslautern

American fans without tickets gather at the Fan Fest near the stadium, hoping to pick up their first points of the tournament

Francesco Totti (centre) is shown the yellow card

Italy's Francesco Totti picks up a yellow card inside the opening five minutes as America start the game brightly

Alberto Gilardino (right) heads the ball past USA keeper Kasey Keller

But it is the Italians who take the lead when Alberto Gilardino dives in to head home Totti's teasing free-kick

America's Brian McBride (left) watches the ball go into the net while Italian defender Cristian Zaccardo  (centre) and keeper Gianluigi Buffon look on

America are level within five minutes though, Cristian Zaccardo turning Bobby Convey's free-kick into his own net

Daniele De Rossi (left) looks at referee Jorge Larrionda in disbelief after being shown the red card

And barely a minute later, it gets worse for Italy when Daniele De Rossi is sent off for elbowing Brian McBride in the face

Brian McBride leaves the pitch for attention to his bloodied face

Any doubts as to whether De Rossi's flailing elbow made contact with McBride are soon dispelled

Eddie Pope (foreground) reacts after Pablo Mastroeni (second left) is sent off

Pablo Mastroeni follows De Rossi for an early shower just before half-time, red carded for a sliding lunge on Andrea Pirlo

Eddie Pope leaves the field after receiving his second booking for a foul on Alberto Gilardino

At the start of the second half, Pope makes it 2-1 to America, in terms of red cards that is, after catching Gilardino

DaMarcus Beasley reacts after seeing his goal ruled out for offside

The nine men think they have taken the lead when DaMarcus Beasley's shot squirms in, but McBride is deemed offisde

Kasey Keller (left) saves late on from Vincenzo Iaquinta

Kasey Keller pulls off two great saves from Alessandro Del Piero before also denying Vincenzo Iaquinta late on

USA goalkeeper Kasey Keller is congratulated by his team-mates

The American keeper's performance earns him the man-of-the-match award and more importantly, his side a point

Andrea Pirlo following Italy's 1-1 draw with America

The Italians know they have missed a good chance to claim a win and everything now rests on the last Group E games



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