Italy v France, 09 July 2006

Score1-1 :: penalties 5-3 to Italy
RefereeHoracio Marcelo Elizondo
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Final
VenueBerliner Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance69,000
Kick-Off: 20:00 (19:00 BST) Assistant referees: Dario García (Argentina) Rodolfo Otero (Argentina) Fourth official: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain) Fifth official: Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (Spain) Man of the Match: Andrea Pirlo (Italy) Italy beat France 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out to win the World Cup after an absorbing 1-1 draw in Berlin. Fabio Grosso scored the winning penalty after France's David Trezeguet missed. Playing his last game before retiring, Zinedine Zidane's career ended in disgrace after he was sent off for crazily headbutting Marco Materazzi. Zidane had put France ahead early on with a coolly-taken chipped penalty, before Materazzi levelled with a header from an Andrea Pirlo corner. The result caps an incredible period for Italian football, with the domestic game embroiled in a corruption scandal similar to 1982 when they last won the World Cup. They have now won the competition four times, one fewer than Brazil, and it was the first time they managed to win a World Cup match on penalties after three failed attempts. This is the first World Cup Final since 1978 that doesn't involve Germany (including West Germany) or Brazil.

1 (5)  Italy

Manager: Marcello Lippi

1 (3)  France

Manager: Raymond Domenech

Goals:

Marco Materazzi 19 G

Goals:

Zinédine Zidane penalty 7 P

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
Defender Fabio Cannavaro (captain)
Defender/Centre back Marco Materazzi
Defender/Midfielder Fabio Grosso
Defender/Midfielder Gianluca Zambrotta
Midfielder Mauro Camoranesi
Midfielder Gennaro Gattuso
Midfielder Simone Perrotta
Forward Andrea Pirlo
Forward Luca Toni
Forward Francesco Totti

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Defender Eric Abidal
Defender William Gallas
Defender Willy Sagnol
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Claude Makélélé
Midfielder Franck Ribéry
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Midfielder Zinédine Zidane (captain)
Forward Thierry Henry
Forward Florent Malouda

Substitutions:

Daniele De Rossi for Francesco Totti 61
Vincenzo Iaquinta for Simone Perrotta 61
Alessandro Del Piero for Mauro Camoranesi 86

Substitutions:

Alou Diarra for Patrick Vieira 56
David Trézéguet for Franck Ribéry 100
Sylvain Wiltord for Thierry Henry 107

Cards:

Gianluca Zambrotta 5 Y

Cards:

Willy Sagnol 12 Y
Alou Diarra 76 Y
Zinédine Zidane 110 R
Florent Malouda 111 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi
Defender Andrea Barzagli
Defender Alessandro Nesta
Defender Massimo Oddo
Midfielder Simone Barone
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi
Forward Filippo Inzaghi

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet
Goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau
Defender/Right back Pascal Chimbonda
Defender Gael Givet
Midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo
Midfielder Alou Diarra
Forward Sidney Govou
Forward Louis Saha
Forward Sylvain Wiltord

Comments:

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT DETAILS Italy went first 1 - Andrea Pirlo [Scored] 2 - Marco Materazzi [Scored] 3 - Daniele De Rossi [Scored] 4 - Alessandro Del Piero [Scored] 5 - Fabio Grosso [Scored] As they have won the competition five times, only Brazil have won the World Cup more often than Italy. Italy equal France's record from 1998 of conceding only two goals in the tournament - the fewest conceded by a World Cup finalist. Italy's 12 goals at Germany 2006 were scored by ten different players so equalling the competition record set by France in 1982. Italy remain unbeaten in 25 international matches - their longest unbeaten run since 1939. Captain Fabio Cannavaro lifted the World Cup trophy on his 100th international appearance. Paolo Maldini and Dino Zoff are the only other Italians to reach the three-figure milestone.

Comments:

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT DETAILS France went second 1 - Sylvain Wiltord [Scored] 2 - David Trezeguet [Missed] 3 - Eric Abidal [Scored] 4 - Willy Sagnol [Scored] Having netted twice in 1998, Zinedine Zidane becomes only the fourth player to score three goals in World Cup Finals. The other three to hit three are Brazil's Pele and Vava and England's Geoff Hurst. Louis Saha missed the game due to suspension. Zinedine Zidane, in his final game, becomes the fourth player to be sent-off in a World Cup Final. He joins fellow Frenchman Marcel Desailly in 1998 and Argentina's Pedro Monzon and Gustavo Abel Dezotti in 1990.