Italy v USA, 17 June 2006

Score1-1
RefereeJorge Larrionda
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group E
VenueFritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Attendance46,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Wálter Rial (Uruguay) Pablo Fandino (Uruguay) Fourth official: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia) Fifth official: Hamdi Al Kadri (Syria) Man of the Match: Kasey Keller (United States) Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi was sent off in the 28th minute after elbowing U.S. striker Brian McBride in a rash challenge that left the American with blood all over his face and requiring three stitches under his left eye. FIFA banned De Rossi for four matches (allowing him to return in the final) and fined him 10,000 CHF (£4,500). This was the fourth World Cup finals game where three players have been sent-off. The most recent occurence was on 18 June 1998 when Denmark had two sent-off (Miklos Molnar and Morten Wieghorst) and South Africa one (Alfred Phiri) in a Group A meeting at Toulouse. All three players were subs who were on the field for a combined playing time of 35 minutes. That game also ended 1-1.

1  Italy

Manager: Marcello Lippi

1  USA

Manager: Bruce Arena

Goals:

Alberto Gilardino 22 G

Goals:

Cristian Zaccardo own goal 27 OG

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
Defender Fabio Cannavaro (captain)
Defender Alessandro Nesta
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi
Midfielder Simone Perrotta
Forward Andrea Pirlo
Forward Luca Toni
Forward Francesco Totti

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Kasey Keller
Defender Oguchi Onyewu
Defender Eddie Pope
Defender/Centre back Carlos Bocanegra
Defender/Midfielder Steve Cherundolo
Midfielder Bobby Convey
Midfielder Landon Donovan
Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni
Midfielder Claudio Reyna (captain)
Midfielder/Forward Clint Dempsey
Forward Brian McBride

Substitutions:

Gennaro Gattuso for Francesco Totti 35
Alessandro Del Piero for Cristian Zaccardo 54
Vincenzo Iaquinta for Luca Toni 61

Substitutions:

Jimmy Conrad for Bobby Convey 52
DaMarcus Beasley for Clint Dempsey 62

Cards:

Francesco Totti 5 Y
Daniele De Rossi 28 R
Gianluca Zambrotta 70 Y

Cards:

Eddie Pope 21 Y
Pablo Mastroeni 45 R
Eddie Pope 47 Y
Eddie Pope 47 R

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi
Defender Andrea Barzagli
Defender Massimo Oddo
Defender/Centre back Marco Materazzi
Defender/Midfielder Fabio Grosso
Midfielder Simone Barone
Midfielder Mauro Camoranesi
Midfielder Gennaro Gattuso
Forward Filippo Inzaghi

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann
Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Defender Chris Albright
Defender Jimmy Conrad
Defender/Centre back Gregg Berhalter
Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley
Midfielder Eddie Lewis
Midfielder John O'Brien
Midfielder Ben Olsen
Forward Brian Ching
Forward Eddie Johnson
Forward Josh Wolff

Comments:

Italy are now unbeaten in 20 internationals - their longest unbeaten sequence since 1939.

Comments:

USA have yet to record a win against Italy at 'A' international level. The United States have now conceded 49 goals in World Cup finals. Italy is the main contributor with nine goals in three matches. America's record against teams from Europe in the World Cup is now three wins, two draws and 11 defeats. On the day that he made his 50th appearance for USA, Pablo Mastroeni was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Andrea Pirlo.