Italy cruise into last eight

Italy guaranteed themselves and Portugal a place in the quarter-finals with a comfortable 4-1 reverse of El Salvador. A Paolo Palmacci double, in between strikes from Roberto Pasquali and Simone Feudi, ended their opponents' chances of advancing from Group B.

Pasquali got the ball rolling with a fine strike on five minutes, but the Azzurri struggled to add to their lead against an impressive Luis Rodas. However, the El Salvador keeper was beaten around the 18-minute mark by Palmacci, who swiftly found the target again direct from a free-kick, which was how Feudi scored Italy's fourth.

El Salvador battled on courageously, and pocketed a consolation when Tomas Hernandez converted a penalty.