Italy reach final on penalties
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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 thereafter to restore parity, which continued until the last minute of the middle third, when Javier Torres made it 3-2 to La Roja.

Roberto Pasquali underlined his eminence by volleying the Azzurri level straight from the restart, but Amarelle scored a stunning goal to restore Spain's advantage. Pasquali was again on target with a carbon copy of his first strike and after Amarelle's overhead-kick had gone inches wide, the contest went into extra time, where neither side was able to claim victory. Amarelle hit the post with Spain's first penalty, leaving Esposito to emerge a hero.