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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2007, 17:41 GMT 18:41 UK
Italy v Portugal as it happened
Result: Italy 31-5 Portugal

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By Phil Harlow

606: DEBATE

2046: "It's good to see teams tipped to be awful in the Rugby World Cup making a positive contribution to it.

"Everyone loves an underdog."
Glovergilly on 606

80 mins: The full-time whistle goes and Italy will leave without the bonus point they may well have expected to take with them. It's been another courageous effort from Portugal which will only add to the affection they are held in by the fans at this tournament.

Italy stepped it up a little towards the end, but in the main it was another error-strewn display. They need to make major improvements against Scotland.

79 mins: Portugal earn a 5m scrum, but Italy make another mess of it and turn the ball over.

78 mins: Portugal win a kickable penalty in Italy's half but decide to kick for touch, a decision for which they are warmly applauded by the Parc de Princes crowd.

76 mins: TRY Italy 31-5 Portugal
A shame for Portugal as Italy score their third try through Andrea Masi gets on the end of an inch-perfect chip through from Roland de Marigny.

The damage is done by another powerful forward drive from Italy's forwards, against a clearly tiring Portugal.

David Bortolussi kicks the conversion.

72 mins: TRY Italy 24-5 Portugal
With just eight minutes remaining, Italy finally get their second try on the scoreboard as flanker Mauro Bergamasco is driven over after a lengthy drive.

David Bortoluss misses with his conversion.

69 mins: "Good news that Italy are struggling, it bodes well for Scotland."
Anon via text

67 mins: Mauro Bergamasco takes a ball on the peel off the back of a line-out and beats two men before trying to link up with his support only to see the ball bounce loose again. Italy's handling errors have just destroyed any momentum they might have built up tonight.

65 mins: Portugal again turn the ball over in Italian territory after Matteo Pratichetti goes too far from his support as he runs out of trouble in his 22.

Duarte Cardoso Pinto attempts a crosskick into Italy territory but an excellent take from a flat-out David Bortolami, who calls a mark, ends the attack.

62 mins: PEN Italy 19-5 Portugal
Italy win a penalty 35m out after Portugal go offside in midfield, and David Bortolussi obliges with a well-struck kick.

60 mins: Sometimes it's just not your day. Portugal's Duarte Cardosa Pinto chips out wide to the left touchline, and Italy full-back David Bortolussi decides to let it go.

The ball bounces about six inches inside the touchline and rears up to smack Bortolussi full in the face before going out into touch.

58 mins: Mauro Bergamasco breaks out of his 22 and swings a lovely pass out to David Bortolussi to sprint upfield.

But still, Portugal get men back behind the ball and are organised in time to crunch Andrea Masi in midfield.

55 mins: Portugal are going from strength to strength. They turn Itay over in their 22 and continue their attack out wide, although they are not getting too much change out of Italy in midfield.

52 mins: Italy are doing themselves no favours whatsoever. A promising looking move is stopped in its tracks by a forward pass from David Bortolussi.

Soon after, another Italian attack hits the buffers as prop Andrea lo Cicero spills the ball in contact.

50 mins: Brilliant attacking stuff from Italy. They turn over the ball on their 10m line and in a flash Duarte Cardaso Pinto gives a pop pass to marauding flanker Joao Pinto who surges 25m upfield.

The neutrals in the crowd are absolutely behind Portugal.

48 mins: Portugal are refusing to take a backwards step, and Italy are lacking the imagination and ideas to break them down. The've absolutely dominated possession but just haven't done much with it.

46 mins: "I love Portugal. If they win, I will be dancing naked on the streets!"
WrexhamJack123 on 606

Watch out Wrexham.

45 mins: Portugal scrum-half Jose Pinto gets through on his dawdling opposite number Alessandro Troncon and forces the Italian to knock-on. Os Lobos clear their lines again and it's more frustration for Italy.

43 mins: Italy turnover Portuguese possession and swing the ball right to winger Pablo Canavosio who beats his man and tries to chip over the last defender only to have his kick charged down.

41 mins: Italy kick-off to get the second half started and Portugal deal with it competently. Duarte Cardoso Pinto clears to halfway, but only with the help of a very sloppy error from Sergio Parisse who drops the ball into touch.

Portugal win the line-out again and embark on a excellent drive, making 15m or so.

1954: "Italy seem to be having some trouble playing against the smaller nations. At this rate Scotland will have little trouble beating us to join New Zealand in the quarter-finals."
Anon via text

1950: "What a World Cup Portugal are having!"
ZT on 606

40 mins: PEN Italy 16-5 Portugal
On the stroke of half-time, David Bortolussi strokes another penalty over after Portugal infringe at the breakdown.

The whistle goes and the players jog off for the interval. Portugal will take huge encouragement from that 40 minutes - this is the closest they've been to anyone at half-time so far in this tournament, and it certainly doesn't flatter them.

37 mins: Portugal are even starting to get something out of the line-outs, stealing an Italian put-in on halfway. This is another deeply impressive performance from Os Lobos.

32 mins: TRY Italy 13-5 Portugal
Superb try from Portugal. They aren't here to make the numbers up.

Fly-half Duarte Cardaso Pinto shrugs off feeble tackles from Roland de Marigny and Matteo Pratichetti to get to within seven or eight metres of the tryline. Portugal recycle and show Italy how to work an overlap as they run straight and draw their men before replacement Diogo Gama passes out of contact for lock David Penalva to score.

From wide out though, Pinto misses with the conversion.

29 mins: PEN Italy 13-0 Portugal
Italy work a big overlap on the left, but Andrea Masi decides to send out a long, looping pass to his winger, wasting the opportunity.

Fortunately for Italy, the referee was playing advantage for Italy and David Bortolussi slots the kick from in front of the posts anfter Portugal again stray offside.

25 mins: Portugal's midfield cut Gonzalo Canale in half as he takes the ball into contact inside their 22. He knocks on but Italy's powerful pack makes an absolute mess of Portugal's scrum to regain possession.

23 mins: Portugal's Joao Uva does a great job as he somehow sneaks through the middle of a ruck to rip the ball out of the hands of two Italian forwards.

It causes a little altercation on the sidelines and the referee asks both captains to have a quiet word with their players. We'll see if that has any effect...

21 mins: Portugal have sorted out the defensive problems which cost them that early try, with their line holding up extremely well under fairly constant pressure from Italy.

The Azzurri are dominating possession but clear-cut breaks are few and far between so far.

18 mins: Portugal are getting into the swing of things as an attacking force with a muscular run from winger David Mateus giving his forward a target on the right.

14 mins: PEN Italy 10-0 Portugal
Portugal certainly have the respect of their opponents as Alessandro Troncon, standing in as captain with Marco Bortolami off the field, instructs David Bortolussi to kick a penalty from in front of the posts.

It comes after Troncon gets in behind Portugal's defence with a sharp break around the ruck. From the next phase, Portugal fly-half Duarte Cardoso Pinto is caught offside to give Bortolussi the simplest of chances.

13 mins: Italy's Alessandro Troncon spoils things by conceding a penalty for holding onto the ball on the floor with a try seemingly beckoning.

To compound matters, some of his team-mates make no secret of their disagreement with the decision and the referee - definitely the school masterly-type - marches them back another 10m.

11 mins: Despite being down to 14 men, Italy are still running the show in Paris with a series of drives around the fringes really testing Portugal.

7 mins: SIN-BIN
After being under the cosh for the opening minutes, Portugal get a lucky break as Italy skipper Marco Bortolami gets 10 minutes in the bin.

It's not the most straightforward of yellow cards, with referee Marius Jonker taking the advice, given in broken English, of his touch judge. There's some confusion as to whether it was a "push" or a "punch". Either way, Bortomlami is aghast as he is forced off the pitch.

3 mins: TRY Italy 7-0 Portugal
A fantastic start for a seriously fired-up Italy as inside centre Andrea Masi crosses under the posts.

Italy's forwards do the hard work in the corner, with hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini held up over the line by some brave Portuguese defence. Italy recycle the ball and a skilful pass from Roland de Marigny allows Masi to score unopposed.

David Bortolussi kicks the easy conversion

1 min: Portugal's Duarte Cardoso Pinto kicks off to get the match under way.

Italy's forwards collect and drive the ball fully 25m to the halfway line. It's fair to say that they look up for this after two disappointing performances.

1855: Portugal do not let anyone down with their latest rendition of "A Portuguesa", while the Italians are a little more reserved.

1851: Alessandro Troncon runs out on his own to take the deserved applause of the crowd on the occasion of his 100th cap.

He gets a standing ovation from the Italian fans, and is soon followed by the rest of the players on display this evening.

Let's just remind ourselves of the players on show:

Italy: David Bortolussi; Pablo Canavosio, Gonzalo Canale, Andrea Masi, Matteo Pratichetti; Roland De Marigny, Alessandro Troncon; Andrea Lo Cicero, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Martin Castrogiovanni, Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Marco Bortolami (capt), Sergio Parisse, Mauro Bergamasco, Manoa Vosawai.
Replacements: Fabio Ongaro, Matias Aguero, Salvatore Perugini, Valerio Bernabo, Silvio Orlando, Paul Griffen, Ezio Galon.

Portugal: Pedro Cabral; David Mateus, Federico Sousa, Diogo Mateus, Antonio Aguilar; Duarte Cardoso Pinto, Jose Pinto; Rui Cordeiro, Joao Correira, Ruben Spachuck, David Penalva, Goncalo Uva, Tiago Girao, Joao Uva, Vasco Uva (capt).
Replacements: Juan Manuel More, Andre Silva, Duarte Figueiredo, Paulo Murinello, Luis Pissarra, Diogo Gama, Goncalo Foro.

1845: It's a big night for everyone involved in Paris tonight, but Italy scrum-half Alessandro Troncon will have particular reason to remember this match.

The 34-year-old becomes the seventh player to win 100 caps, joining Jason Leonard, George Gregan, Stephen Larkam, Philippe Sella, Fabien Pelous and David Campese. Not a bad list to be on.

1836: The atmosphere is building at the Parc des Princes in Paris as Portugal continue their World Cup odyssey against a, so far, underperforming Italy.

Portugal have been one of the stand-out sides in the tournament, despite two heavy defeats by Scotland and New Zealand. "Os Lobos" (Portuguese for "the Wolves") have caught the imagination with their passionate and proud displays, while their singing of their national anthem is worth the admission price alone.

SEE ALSO
Rugby World Cup photos
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Italy 31-5 Portugal
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New Zealand 108-13 Portugal
15 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
Italy 24-18 Romania
12 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
New Zealand 76-14 Italy
08 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
Scotland 56-10 Portugal
09 Sep 07 |  Scottish
Italy RWC team guide
04 Sep 07 |  Team guides
Portugal RWC team guide
04 Sep 07 |  Team guides
Rugby union positions guide
05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment


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