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Match 29 Marseille - Stade du Prado
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26 July
4:4 a.e.t. 1:0 PSO (2:1, 0:2, 2:1, 0:0)
  • Massimiliano ESPOSITO (3'59")
  • Simone FEUDI (5'07")
  • Roberto PASQUALI (24'02", 34'43")
  • AMARELLE (2'11", 34'41")
  • JAVI ALVAREZ (12'50")
  • JAVIER TORRES (23'03")

Referee George POSTMA (NED)

Summary

Italy reach final on penalties

Italy reach final on penalties

Italy beat Spain 1-0 on penalties to book a Marseille 2008 final date with Brazil. Massimiliano Esposito dispatched the crucial spot-kick after the two sides had contested a pulsating 4-4 draw. Amarelle fired Spain ahead on two minutes, but efforts from Esposito and Simone Feudi ensured Italy held the driving seat at the close of the first period. Javi Alvarez took just 50 seconds ...

Highlights

Line-up

ITA
ESP
Substitute(s)
Coaches
Giancarlo MAGRINI (ITA)
(ESP) JOAQUIN
Officials
  • Referee: POSTMA George (NED)
  • Second referee: ONODERA Tasuku (JPN)
  • Third referee: MORSI Mohamed (EGY)
  • Timekeeper: WALDER Roman (SUI)
  • Injured

Photos

  • Cheerleaders perform during the semi-final between Italy and Spain
  • Italy's Paolo Palmacci vies with Spain's Cristian Torres
  • Italy keeper Stefano Spada makes a save against Spain
  • Paolo Palmacci helps Roberto Pasquali celebrate one of his goals during Italy's semi-final with Spain
  • Spain's Amarelle after missing a penalty in his side's shootout with Italy
  • Italy players celebrate at the end of their penalty shootout with Spain
  • Italy players Simone Feudi and Roberto Pasquali after the end of extra time against Spain
  • Nico and Amarelle look dejected after their semi-final defeat by Italy
  • Spain's Antonio challenges Italy's Simone Feudi

Quotes

"This qualification was down to years of sacrifice. Today my players played an extraordinary game, although from a technical point of view Spain were the better team. I'm happy, very, very happy. Brazil are on another planet but if we play as we know we can, we can become world champions," Giancarlo Magrini, Italy coach.


"We played good football during this World Cup but not today. We have been strong defensively throughout the tournament, but today we made too many mistakes. Penalty shootouts are a lottery, we knew that going into the game," Cristian Torres, Spain player.

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    STATISTICS
    ItalyStatisticsSpain
    38Shots37
    5Corner kicks7
    2Yellow cards0
    0Second yellow card and red card0
    0Red Cards0
    39%Possession (%)61%