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Last Updated: Monday, 25 July, 2005, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
HWC Scotland v Italy
The Italian team celebrate their victory
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 from the Scotland v Italy semi-final.


Scotland 4-7 Italy (on aggregate) - by Adam Hassan

First leg

Just as the Scottish team take to the pitch, the radiant sun breaks through the sombre mood of the sky and clouds. The crowd are showing their support before the game even starts, a reassuring message to the Scottish team.

The match begins with the Italians attempting a few shots, although they fail to put them away. Scotland turn this around immediately, to see Gary Lipscombe put away a comfortable goal for Scotland, two minutes in.

A prompt retaliatory equaliser by Francisco De Melo for the Italians sends the score to 1-1. De Melo had played for Brazil earlier in the tournament, but due to injuries in the Italian squad, players from other countries took part in this game.

The Italians continue to make breaks for Scotland's goal, but to no avail.

The second half saw the Scots make a positive start, with Frank Hughes managing to score from his own half. The shot was beautifully driven in to the right corner of the Italians' net, putting the Scots 2-1 in front.

The Italians pass well to manoeuvre around the Scottish defence and score, but the goal is disallowed. An error from Scotland, after their keeper stepped out of his area, Italy are given a penalty.

The crowd demonstrate their anger, shouting at the referee, and attempting to put the Italians off. The Scots fail in their bid to do this, with De Melo scoring a comfortable equaliser, to the left of the Scottish keeper.

De Melo then completes his hat-trick, but Scotland come back, as Lipscombe follows suit; with minutes to go and a 3-3 scoreline, both teams fight to ensure a safe journey to the second leg of the semi-finals.

Italy's Hugo Alonso takes the score to 4-3, with the side awarded a penalty, seconds from the whistle. De Melo strikes a brilliant shot, but fails to beat the Scottish keeper.

4-3 to Italy is the final score, with them taking advantage in the second leg of matches today.

Second leg

A spectacular event this was, though it was an unfortunate ending for Scotland, after they lost 7-4 to Italy.

Before the match, musicians played bagpipe music on the pitch, and the famous Scottish folk song '500 miles' began. The whole stadium stood up clapping their hands and chanting the words.

The game started with star player Gary Lipscombe trying his luck with a few fair attempts, though was unable to break the Italians' defence.

After a possession struggle between both teams, Ricardo Armua for Italy hit a clever goal past the Scotland keeper.

Lipscombe is not able to deliver his usual magic to the game at this point, as he continues to fight for his passage to the final.

Scotland's chances diminish even more, with Armua's goal for the Italians.

Straight into the second half, Lipscombe hits a great strike, regaining his goal-scoring status. The score is now 6-4.

It becomes very heated between both teams after Lipscombe is fouled by the Italians. They in turn retaliate, though no sympathy for them after their assualt on Lipscomb earlier.

Two minutes left in the game, and Scotland find it hard to create opportunities, with Lipscombe missing a rebounded shot.

Italy score again, sending despair through the stadium to the Scottish team and fans. The final score is 7-4 to Italy. Scotland may have lost, but their passion is still strong, clearly shown by the applauding fans.





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