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Italy 1-1 France (aet)
Sunday, 9 July 2006

Italy win 5-3 on penalties




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2156: pointofblue
Well done Italy. I thought France were the better team, but the Italians rode their luck and delievered in the end.

2154: REDITHERE
Five out of five on penalties for Italy - classy real classy. I'm glad Italy came out on top after the heartache suffered on penaltiess in the past.

2152: englishman_in_mexico
I didn't think much of Italy. I was sorry to see the best team lose.

2150: ernham
A totally rubbish game of diving and cheating from both sides. A sad, pathetic World Cup final played by two teams that shouldn't have even been in the semi-finals. It really sums up the gist of this tournament pretty well.

2146: °Rey°
The completion of a very poor World Cup.

2145: Liverpool Sue
Well done Italy and the Italians!

2132: girondins
This game has ruined my whole World Cup experience. A World Cup final won by penalties should only get the winning team half a star on their shirt.

2131: Makelele6
France have no good penalty takers left on the pitch. Makelele to take one? Ohh God i hope not!

2129: Defoe'sRightPeg
I'll try and call this: France win 4-2 on penalties.

2125: awade16
I want France to win it now. The Italians have disappointed me by being defensive after that great attacking play against the Germans.

2121: secretannakin
Zidane deserves it. What a shameful way for him to go out. What an IDIOT!

2120: toffees1888
Well, Zidane's off. What a great final game for him!

2118: ernham
Did Zidane just do that or am I dreaming?!?!?

2112: norfstandlad
I'm not sure that Buffon will get the Golden Ball - he's a strong contender, but he'll certainly get the Yashin for the best keeper.

2108: doha_Expat
France have come back so well from a very iffy first half. I really hope they edge it.

2106: Toronto
I think the Italians are waiting for penalties, they have a good goalkeeper especially compared to Barthez.

2100: mainstay
France dominated the second half and Henry had a couple of chances. Italy withdrew as if they knew they couldn't compete at open football. I want a clean winner without those penalties.

2058: terre_s
Italy needs to pick up or France will win, either in extra-time or on penalties.

2055: toffees1888
Sigh, we might as well go to penalties now. I doubt we'll get a goal here.

2045: Besonders
85 minutes, I've had enough. Somebody score, I don't care who!

2033: Famou5
Henry needs more support from his midfield. I think Zidane is tiring. I will be surprised if he can make much of an impact in extra-time but I doubt he'll be taken off.

2026: norfstandlad
The game's really opening up now. Italy have been on the rack and Buffon produced a wonder save to keep them level. Lots of spaces for both teams to use as the clock ticks down and the legs get tired.

2011: ernham
Malouda should have had a penalty kick. Too much crying wolf does that.

2008: Giovanni27
That was not a foul by Malouda. Zambrotta went across him and fell over when Malouda ran into him.

1959: norfstandlad
At 1-1, the neutral can't complain. Italy could easily have another two goals, while France have got to sew up the leaks from corners if they're going to stay in this game. If France tire like they did in their last game, Italy should edge it.

1955: terre_s
It's time to replace Totti, he is obviously starstruck.

1952: Supersmooth83
What a first half, it couldn't be more dramatic!

1950: Karthik
Diving or not, the Italians are playing like World Cup finalists. France are not. Italy have really stepped up their game. They are more positive.

1937: thecup
France better not give up anymore corners because they can't defend in the air!

1931: TREBORO 06/07
I think Italy are going to win now, they are more mobile then the French team.

1928: terre_s
Totti has gone missing, I haven't seen him touch the ball!

1923: rivaldo_9
It's game on and the next goal will be by Pirlo.

1921: norfstandlad
1-1, I think just rewards for Italy's pressure in the last 10 minutes. The game is opening up now and Italy look like they're up for more goals. France haven't had a clear chance in ages.

1911: thecup
I really hope the French don't just sit back now, it would make for a deadful final.

1909: nuttywray
Come on France, a beautifully well-placed penatly, Zidane made it look easy! This is so France's night!

1907: ernham
This is so sad. Neither of these teams deserve to be in the final, and the first five minutes has already seen a penalty kick, half a dozen fouls and at least as many dives as that!

1905: Besonders
Did Materazzi make contact there?

1827: norfstandlad
Italy are the younger side and have been playing great football; France have the experience and have really come out of nowhere to get to this stage, so you can't write them off. My head tells me 2-0 or 2-1 Italy.

1821: Bluevaio
On paper Italy has got the keys to the kingdom. They know the game well but so do Les Bleus.

1747: falaise
I hope it will be a fair game without too much diving. The Italians are very good . It will be hard for the French.

1700: secretannakin
Italy has the better goalkeeper in Buffon, and their defence is slightly better. I think Italy will take the Cup 2-1.

1658: betandwinalot At the end of the match against Portugal, the French team looked very tired. So for me, it will be 2-0 or 2-1 for Italy!

1623: VaFaNapoli
Good luck to both teams. They seem well balanced and hopefully will be a good game with a few goals. Barthez will hopefully be a liability for France.

1547: BigTime
I really hope Italy can win this but I just feel Zidane will go out on a high, lifting the trophy even though they dont deserve it.

1528: Baldinio
Italy haven't lost in 90 minutes in a World Cup tie played in Europe since 1974. If the France that played Switzerland and Portugal turn up rather than the one that played Spain and Brazil, then that sequence will continue.

1501: noblegas
Even though France have the likes of Zidane, Henry and Vieira I think Italy have a more solid team.

1457: Defoe'sRightPeg
What a match-up on paper. Zidane's fairwell is extra reason to watch tonight and savour every moment. He won't grace the big stage ever again.

1442: sebastian
Tonight will be the toughest test yet for both teams. Italy have arguably the best goalie in Buffon and the meanest defence whereas France have Zidane and Henry. It will be tight but I fancy the Azzurri to edge it 1-0.

1431: Giovanni27
France may be old but they have the skill to unlock the Italian defence. Everyone needs to remember that apart from the last three minutes of the Germany match, Italy's attack has been fairly blunt. France to win surely.

1414: mainstay
I would prefer Italy to win this one. It just might be their time and they may be peaking at the right moment.

1352: Richard C
Italy 2-1 France: Henry scores first, Pirlo scores from a free-kick, Luca Toni scores a header.

1326: oRaCle
Let's hope Zidane plays like he did against Brazil and gives the Italians a footballing lesson.

1317: MentosThePlaymaker
This could go to extra time but probably not penalties, considering the age of the French squad.

1244: gazariah
The French midfield shade it but the Italian defence are excellent. For example, Gattuso is a great defensive midfield player, but Makelele does the same job better. It should be a fantastic contest.

1233: IvanGolacIsMagic
Everybody keeps saying how great it would be for Zidane if France won, but how great would it be for Cannavaro? Leading your team out on your 100th appearance in the World Cup final and lifting the trophy would be an amazing story for probably the best player in the tournament.

1223: CAPSLOCKED
France, despite their renaissance, are still out of sorts for me and I make Italy slight favourites. Zidane, Ribery, Henry and Gallas are the key players in the French team with Gattuso, Totti and Cannavaro, and Pirlo the key Italian players. It's 2 fairly matched teams and it's 50-50 but I have an amazing feeling about Italy winning tonight and lifting their 4th World Cup.

1206: deeinfrance
It should be a great match, and I'm hoping Zidane can go out in style. But either France were doing just enough to get through in the semi, or they were getting a bit tired. So if the final goes to extra time you've got to fancy Italy.

1202: factsnotfiction
I think this game is about Zidane. If he plays well then France can win, If he doesn't then I think Italy will. I can't wait! All I ask for today is that the best team win!

1201: Antonio Montana
Italy have not beaten France competitvely for a hell of a long time. It will be a close game, with France winning narrowly.

1156: David
I'm especially looking forward to the battle between Henry and Cannavaro.


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