World Cup: Italy to Berlin, wins dramatic semi-final against Germany

, posted: 5-Jul-2006 09:59

With only two minutes left of extra time and the game looking like it would decided by yet another penalty shoot-out, Italy stunned World Cup host nation Germany in Düsseldorf: Grosso slammed in a beautiful goal that sailed past Lehmann, followed around a minute after by an equally elegant one by Piero. The German side became visibly deflated after the first goal and lost its composure, which partly led to Piero's 2-0 goal.

It was hard-fought contest but Italy had Buffon in the goal who saw off several good German chances.  All in all, Gli Azzurri put in some impressive football this time, and look like worthy finalists against either France or Portugal.

Ballack and Co played well, but didn't have quite the sparkle they showed against Argentina. Maybe it was the hard games they played to reach the quarter finals that showed. Odonkor however was great. Fast and dangerous, he gave the Italians several frights. Schweinsteiger too played well.

Still, I'll be rooting for either France or Portugal in the finals.... and hope it'll be Les Bleus in Berlin.

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