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Monday, 3 June, 2002, 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK
Clockwatch: Italy 2-0 Ecuador

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92mins: Italy stroll through to the final whistle to earn three comfortable points.
Full-time: Italy 2-0 Ecuador

89mins: The flag stays down as the ball breaks for Agustin Delgado in the Italian penalty area, but Gianluigi Buffon is equal to the task, plunging to his right to beat away Deglado's shot and deny Ecuador a consolation.

88mins Italy knock the ball around with a confident swagger and when it comes to Alessandro del Pieri he picks out Gianluca Zambrotta who is just unable to make firm contact with the cross.

84mins: Ecuador keep possession in their third of the pitch, content to knock the ball square, suggesting they are not unhappy with the scoreline.

81mins: Fabio Cannavaro collects a yellow card that could come back to haunt him as he tugs Cleber Chala's shirt.

79mins: A hat-trick continues to elude Christian Vieri, who climbs to meet a right-wing cross from Gianluca Zambrotta but is unable to keep his header down.

78mins: Ecuador continue to push forward gamely but their final pass is not of sufficient quality to trouble Italy's superbly organised defence.

73mins: Italy demonstrate the riches at their disposal by replacing Francesco Totti with Alessandro del Piero.

70mins: Despite having plenty of possession, Ecuador lack the incisive cutting edge to break down Italy's defence.

61mins: Christian Vieri, hunting a hat-trick, fires in a left-foot shot which is too hot for Ecuador goalkeeper Jose Cevallos to hold.

57mins: Damiano Tomassi warms the hands of Jose Cevallos with a stinging drive which the Ecuador goalkeeper plams over.

55mins: Ulises De La Cruz tests Paolo Maldini out for paces and goes past the veteran Italian defender to win a corner which Agustin Delgado wins but is unable to get power into his header.

54mins: Cleber Chala is rightly yellow carded after tripping Cristiano Doni from behind as the Italian midfielder surged forward.

50mins: Italy continue to pose the questions and Gianluca Zambrotta breaks clear down the right to cross for Francesco Totti whose volley is charged down by a defender.

48mins: Ulises De La Cruz is harshly yellow carded in a robust challenge with Paolo Maldini.

1334 BST: The second-half begins, with Carlos Tenorio replacing Alex Aguinaga to provide Agustin Delgado with more support up front.

1318 BST: Gianluigi Buffon easily catches a corner to end the first-half action.
Half-time: Italy 2-0 Ecuador.

43mins: Francesco Totti has the confidence to take aim from 40 yards out and his powerful free-kick fizzes a yard wide.

40mins: Agustin Delgado threads a pass inside Paolo Maldini for Ulises De La Cruz whose shot lacks the pace to trouble Gianluigi Buffon.

37mins: Ulises De La Cruz and Augusto Poroso collide and present the ball to Christian Vieri whose audacious chip from 50 yards clears the bar.

29mins: Edison Mendez raises Ecuador hopes with a rasping shot that deflects off Paolo Maldini for a corner.

27mins: Ecuador attack breaks down on the edge of the Italian box and they are caught undermanned at the back as one Luigi Di Biagio's long pass sees Christian Vieri shrug off Ivan Hurtado to slip his shot pass Cevallos.
Italy 2-0 Ecuador.

24mins: Ecuador struggle to stem the tide and Gianluca Zambrotta makes ground down the right to curl in an inviting cross which Christian Vieri is unable to keep down at the far post.

23mins: Ivan Hurtado makes a crucial tackle as Christian Vieri threatens to break clear.

19mins: Paolo Maldini's brave defensive header clears the danger as Ulises De La Cruz whips in a dangerous cross with Agustin Delgado threatening.

16mins: Ulises De La Cruz makes a characteristic surge down the right flank and finds Agustin Delgado, but Italy's well-organised defence shepherds him away from goal.

13mins: Augusto Poroso collects a yellow card for a clumsy tackle from behind on Christian Vieri.

10mins: Francesco Totti picks up the ball 30 yards out and fires in a dipping volley which Jose Cevallos palms away.

7mins: Christian Panucci's long pass puts Francesco Totti in behind a shaky looking Ecuador defence and he squares the ball back for Christian Vieri to thump home a shot from 16 yards.
Italy 1-0 Ecuador.

6mins:Francesco Totti pass slices Ecuador defence open, but Jose Cevallos out alertly, spreading himself to save.

3mins: Agustin Delgado required on defensive duties, heading the ball clear as Francesco Totti curled in a free-kick.

1230BST:Ecuador kick off in their first appearance in the World Cup finals.

Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Christian Panucci, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini (capt), Gianluca Zambrotta, Damiano Tommasi, Luigi Di Biagio, Cristiano Doni, Francesco Totti, Christian Vieri.

Ecuador: Jose Cevallos, Ulises De La Cruz, Ivan Hurtado, Augusto Poroso, Raul Guerron, Edison Mendez, Alfonso Obregon, Alex Aguinaga (capt), Edwin Tenorio, Cleber Chala, Agustin Delgado.

Referee: Brian Hall (USA).

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