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Sunday, 23 June, 2002, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK

ITALY

Hiddink condemns 'childish' Perugia
South Korea coach Guus Hiddink criticises Perugia for sacking Ahn Jung-Hwan, whose 'golden goal' beat Italy.

Fifa criticises Italy
Football's governing body says that Italy's attitude after they were knocked out of the World Cup was not acceptable.

Defiant Trapattoni stays on
Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni insists he will not resign - despite his team crashing out of the World Cup to South Korea.

Referee feels Italy's wrath
Italy's fans and media take their anger out on Ecuadorean referee Byron Moreno after being knocked out of the World Cup.

Korea's golden moment
A golden goal from Ahn Jung-Hwan sends South Korea through with a shock 2-1 win over Italy.

Trap rues missed chances
Coach Giovanni Trapattoni says that Italy have "a lot to be bitter about" over their World Cup defeat by South Korea.

Hiddink hails character
South Korea coach Guus Hiddink decribes his team's victory over Italy as a "unique" achievement.

Tears in Italian Soho
A nail-biting two hours gave way to shock, disbelief and conspiracy theories among hundreds of Italy football supporters in central London.

Clockwatch: Korea 2-1 Italy
All the action as the co-hosts stun Italy to reach the quarter-finals with a golden goal.

S Korea-Italy: key battles
BBC Sport Online looks at the match-ups that will decide the World Cup second round clash in Taejon.

Italian media are worried
BBC Sport Online's man in the Italian camp says the media have concerns over the team's chances.

Italy's Nesta hope
Italy are optimistic that star defender Alessandro Nesta will be fit to face South Korea on Tuesday.

Vieri wary of 'tough' Korea
Christian Vieri says Italy will have a difficult time in their second-round match against the super-fit South Koreans.

Korea vow to attack
South Korea coach Guus Hiddink insists his side will continue to play attacking football in their second round clash with Italy.

Italians give thanks to Ecuador
But for two goals in their opening game, the Italian media is convinced their team would be heading for home.

Italy and Mexico go through
Substitute Alessandro del Piero scores a late equaliser as Italy draw 1-1 with Mexico - meaning both teams qualify for the last 16.

Italy breathe sigh of relief
Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni admits he was very relieved to see his side grab a late equaliser against Mexico.

Seedorf moves to AC Milan
Dutch international Clarence Seedorf signs for AC Milan in a swap deal involving Francesco Coco, who joins Inter Milan.

Clockwatch: Italy 1-1 Mexico
All the action as a late Alessandro del Piero header sees Italy draw with Mexico and both teams progress into the second round.

Italy coach wins backing
Italian FA chief Franco Carraro gives coach Giovanni Trapattoni a vote of confidence ahead of Thursday's game against Mexico.

Scolari backing big names
Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes key rivals Argentina, Italy and France will join his team in the World Cup second round.

Italy withdraw protest threat
Italy decide not to complain to Fifa following some controversial refereeing decisions during their 2-1 defeat by Croatia.

Croatia punish Italy
Unfancied Croatia stun World Cup favourites Italy by coming from behind to win 2-1 in Ibaraki.

Jozic praises his heroes
Croatian coach Mirko Jozic praises his team after their performance in beating Italy 2-1.

Italy blame officials
Italian striker Christian Vieri launches a scathing criticism of the match officials after his country lose 2-1 to Croatia.

Clockwatch: Italy 1-2 Croatia
All the action as Croatia score twice in three minutes to stun the Italians and revitalise their World Cup dream.

Totti tips Italy for success
Italy playmaker Francesco Totti believes his side can go on to win the World Cup after an impressive start to their campaign.

Italy ease past Ecuador
Christian Vieri scores twice as Italy beat World Cup newcomers Ecuador 2-0.

Great start for hot-shot Vieri
Two-goal striker Christian Vieri plays down his own contribution in helping Italy to an easy opening victory over Ecuador.

Clockwatch: Italy 2-0 Ecuador
Christian Vieri's first-half goals set Italy up for a comfortable 2-0 win over Ecuador in Group G.

Ecuador remain positive
Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez says his players are not discouraged despite being outclassed by Italy during their 2-0 defeat.

Inzaghi gets back in groove
Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi scores four goals in a training match on his return from knee injury on Friday.

Del Piero set to miss out
Alessandro Del Piero is likely to be on the bench for Italy's first World Cup game against Ecuador.

Doni is Italy's secret weapon
Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni could be handed a surprise start when the Azzuri open their World Cup campaign against Ecuador.

Inzaghi back in training
Injured striker Filippo Inzaghi makes a return to training, but is still expected to miss Italy's World Cup opener against Ecuador.

Totti ready for opener
Italy playmaker Francesco Totti says he will be fit for his team's opening game despite concerns over his thigh injury.

Berlusconi warns Italy
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wishes the national side well - but tells them not to come back without the World Cup.

The World Cup stats
Statistical analysis of Italy's performance in the finals.

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