World Cup: One-all as second half of France-Italy final starts

, posted: 10-Jul-2006 07:06

One goal from a penalty for France didn't last long - Italy's Materazzi, who caused France's penalty in the first place, made up for his sin with a superb header that Barthez couldn't do anything about. Zidane did he honours for France and converted the penalty; Zizou unusually showed some nerves and the ball hit the underside of the top bar, and only just bounced into the goal.

Italy dominated the first half otherwise, and the score could've easily been one or two more in Gli Azzurri's favour. However, the French seem have had a vitamin injection or two in the half-time break, and have come out strongly in the second half. Henry especially is going at full speed and has had several grea chances. Vieria has come off with a pulled hamstring, which won't help the French.

The Italian defending is robust to say the least - France missed out on a second penalty as Malouda was clearly brought down in the penalty box. The ref didn't want to hand France another penalty though.

Itay almost had 2-1, but the goal was disallowed as Luca Toni was offside. Totti and Perotta have come off for Italy with de Rossi and Iaquinta coming on.

The final is turning into one of the best ever. It's fast and furious, with both teams working very hard to get that important second goal. Little Ribery is having a great night, but Zidane isn't his usual self...

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