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World Cup

June 22, 2006

Full-time

Czech Republic

0 - 2

Italy

Group E

14:00 +00:00, June 22, 2006

AOL-Arena, Hamburg, Germany

Referee: Armando Archundia (MEX)

Game 41

  • 93'

    ITALY WIN AND TOP GROUP E. Materazzi and Inzaghi got the goals, and the Czech hopes disappeared when Polak was sent off at the end of the first half.

  • 92'

    And spare a thought for Nedved, in his first and only World Cup. He's been excellent, but it's not been enough for the Czechs.

  • 91'

    And even in injury time, Nedved won't give up - but he still can't find a way through.

  • 90'

    Materazzi is still off. No worries otherwise for Italy now, apart from the injuries to him and Nesta.

  • 89'

    Meanwhile, Materazzi, caught by Jarolim after he shot, needs treatment.

  • 89'

    A chance for a shot, but Jarolim was unable to apply power to it.

  • 89'

    The Czechs are in the last-chance saloon. Nedved has a free kick near the corner flag and Buffon punches it away well.

  • 88'

    The Czechs had hardly anyone left in defence, but they had to go for the equaliser.

  • 87'

    He beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper after Perrotta released him.

  • 87'

    GOAL - it's all over for the Czechs. Inzaghi goes from the half-way line to score.

  • 86'

    Nedved lofts the cross to the back post. Heinz reaches it, but is unable to get power on his header.

  • 85'

    Room for Plasil to shoot - but his dipping half-volley is directed straight at Buffon.

  • 84'

    A rather needlessly ambitious shot from Perrotta, blazed over the bar while there were three or four in the middle who were better-placed.

  • 83'

    but he heads wide. Another real chance.

  • 83'

    Pirlo chips forward for Perrotta, who returns it to Pirlo. He goes on a winding run, can't quite get through but it falls nicely for Inzaghi...

  • 82'

    A Czech free kick near the left touchline. Nedved takes it, but he curls it into the keeper.

  • 81'

    Long-range shot from Heinz, but it was so gentle and easy for Buffon.

  • 80'

    And at the other end, Totti attempts to chip Cech again - and gets it just as wrong as he did before.

  • 80'

    Nedved is crowded out on the edge of the Italy box.

  • 80'

    Dreadful cross from Barone. Not an appropriate end to a decent move.

  • 79'

    Now here come the Italians on the counter but Inzaghi, not for the first time in his career, is offside.

  • 78'

    Here comes the change. The defender Kovac goes off and Heinz is on. They're throwing caution to the wind.

  • 77'

    The Czechs are preparing to bring on Heinz, their third substitute.

  • 77'

    Really poor shot from Totti, who miscues his effort from 25 yards. He's probably not fully fit at the moment.

  • 75'

    It's almost desperation stakes for the Czechs. A man down, they need two goals, or they go out. It's as simple as that.

  • 74'

    Italy's last change. Barone is the new man, Camoranesi the player going off.

  • 73'

    Jarolim looks to find room to cross, but he can't. He's crowded out.

  • 73'

    Gattuso will return, however. No damage was done.

  • 72'

    Gattuso requires treatment after a collision. A stretcher is brought on, but it isn't required. To Czech boos, he limps off.

  • 71'

    Totti looks to release Inzaghi on the counter-attack, but can only find Cech.

  • 71'

    Nedved takes the corenr and Italy scramble it away. But the pressure is maintained when Camoranesi commits a foul.

  • 70'

    Another superb effort from Nedved, latching on to Stajner's backheel to drill a shot Buffon parries really well.

  • 69'

    A promising Italian counter-attack is ended by a poor Totti pass.

  • 68'

    Jankulovski and Plasil combine, but the latter can't collect a pass and Buffon gathers instead.

  • 67'

    A lucky break for Inzaghi - and he misses it. A clearance deflects into his path, he is in on goal... and sidefoots wide.

  • 66'

    Cannavaro, in fine form, sees off Stajner at the other end.

  • 66'

    Strong play from Gattuso and the chance comes the way of Totti, who strikes his half-volley well, but straight at Cech.

  • 65'

    Italy are looking very comfortable but, that said, they needed a second goal against the USA and didn't get one.

  • 64'

    Off goes Baros, who has worked really hard but isn't fully fit. Jarolim is the Czech sub.

  • 64'

    And Camoranesi is unmarked, six yards out... and heads wide. What a chance, from Totti's corner.

  • 63'

    Camoranesi crosses and Rozehnal clears for a corner.

  • 63'

    Rosicky tries to inspire the Czechs, driving forward and looking for Baros. Materazzi intercepts.

  • 62'

    Jankulovski whips in a cross, Baros jumps really well to win the header, but he can't keep it down.

  • 61'

    Italy make theri second change with Gilardino coming off for Inzaghi.

  • 60'

    Eventually, it comes to Nedved, but the excellent Cannavaro blocks his shot.

  • 60'

    Fine chasing by Baros to reach a deep cross and keep the ball in play, but he can only go backwards thereafter.

  • 59'

    Totti glides away from two and over-runs the ball, but he is starting to become a real influence against the 10 men.

  • 58'

    Camoranesi ends an attack by fouling Rozehnal - the winger can't quite force his way through.

  • 57'

    And with the Czechs down to 10, Italy are enjoying plenty of possession, paricularly in the midfield.

  • 57'

    Totti and Camoranesi play the one-two, then the latter tries to force his way into the box and is penalised.

  • 56'

    He volleys it and it's only just over. Fine move.

  • 56'

    Totti will take it. The two centre backs are up, but he chips to Pirlo on the edge of the box, who plays it on to Cannavaro.

  • 55'

    Totti chips over the top, Gilardino's behind the defence, but his touch lets him down. However, Jankulovski nudges him down on the edge of the box.

  • 54'

    Totti finds Camoranesi, but he has little room to cross from and can only direct it at Cech.

  • 53'

    The corner comes to nothing, the Czechs counter attack with the indefatigable Nedved. He's through on goal... but Buffon makes a great block from his shot.

  • 52'

    Jankulovski's pass is misplaced, the Italians find Totti who gets power on his 25-yard shot. It's heading for the corner of the net, until Cech pushes it wide.

  • 51'

    ... and mis-judges his header. It is as well no Italian had read that. Instead, Gyrgera can tidy up.

  • 51'

    And Italy break with Totti, who finds Gilardino. His cross is deep, Rozehnal tries to head back to Cech...

  • 51'

    Nedved curls it in, but Camoranesi wins it well.

  • 51'

    Grosso has to head Jankulovski's deep cross behind. A Czech corner.

  • 50'

    Baros is unhappy not to get a free kick as Materazzi slides in on him.

  • 50'

    Totti goes for the chip, but puts it straight at Cech. A shame - that was a fine move.

  • 49'

    Grosso swtiches play to Pirlo, he comes forward and finds Totti, who is lining up a shot when he is halted.

  • 48'

    Totti is behind it. He takes a long run-up, strikes it and it's some way wide.

  • 47'

    Totti turns into trouble, but then Gattuso is fouled.

  • 47'

    Cannavaro robs Baros - another fine tackle by the Italy captain.

  • 46'

    It looks as though Baros is still alone up front but, though down to 10 men, his team-mates have to give him more support.

  • 46'

    The Italians get the second half underway. The Czechs, meanwhile, have brought on Stajner for the veteran Poborsky - and that could be the last sight of him in international football.

  • 45'

    And in the other game, Ghana now lead the USA 2-1. As it stands - 1 Italy, 2 Ghana, 3 Czech Rep, 4 USA.

  • 45'

    That's half-time - and Italy are a goal and a man up

  • 45'

    The Czechs are down to 10 - and once again, Italy are not playing against 11 men. It's a real uphill task for Bruckner's men now.

  • 45'

    Polak is off! He tackles Totti from behind, gets a second yellow and is sent off.

  • 45'

    Terrific tackle from Cannavaro as Baros tries to turn away from him.

  • 45'

    Now Pirlo advances and he just can't quite slide in Gilardino.

  • 45'

    Once again, the Italians are back in possesion with Totti, making a fifth midfielder, joining in the passing move.

  • 44'

    Some hope for the Czechs - the USA have equalised in the other game in this group.

  • 43'

    Italy are comfortable in possession in midfield until, uncharacteristically, Pirlo wastes a pass.

  • 42'

    Gilardino evades his marker to chest down a long ball - but Cech is out quickly to gather.

  • 41'

    Nedved leads the Czechs out of defence, picking out Baros with a ball down the touchline. But when he turns infield, he loses out to Cannavaro.

  • 40'

    Totti takes, aiming for Camoranesi. Polak defended really well to bravely head away as the two players collided.

  • 40'

    Grosso, found ahead of the midfield again, wins another corner with a cross deflected off Grygera.

  • 39'

    Perrotta finds Totti, whose slide-rule ball is excellent for Gilardino - but Rozehnal does well to shepherd him out of the danger area.

  • 38'

    Nedved on the turn finds room, and he is the inspiration for the Czechs today. They'll rely on him if they are to get anything.

  • 37'

    Nedved powers forward again and his deflected shot should get the Czechs a corner. It's a goal kick.

  • 36'

    Grygera's cross is too long for Baros, and he needed someone else in support there.

  • 35'

    Fine defending from Nedved, robbing the ponderous Totti as he was about to shoot.

  • 34'

    Booking, and it is Polak for a foul on Camoranesi, who slipped away from him.

  • 34'

    Gilardino does really well to hold the ball up. With Totti dropping even further back, he has no support.

  • 34'

    Grygera gets down the right, but Grosso heads away his cross. The Czech full-backs have to be adventurous now.

  • 33'

    Gilardino is rather isolated alone in attack for Italy with four in midfield some way for him and Totti in no-man's land.

  • 32'

    Nedved is responsible for the free kick. He lines it up for Poborsky, whose low drive is no threat for Buffon.

  • 31'

    Nedved skips away from Gattuso who rather rugby tackles him to the ground. A yellow card is hte inevitable result.

  • 30'

    The Czechs have big Koller on the bench. He's not fully fit, but is he worth a gamble?

  • 29'

    And Lippi's formation - with four workers in midfield - will make it even harder for the Czechs to break them down.

  • 29'

    And the Czechs need a remarkable turnaround now - nothing less than victory will suffice unless the USA can draw level with Ghana.

  • 28'

    In terms of the group, it now stands: 1 Italy, 2 Ghana, 3 Czech Rep, 4 USA.

  • 28'

    Frantic stuff in the Italian box as Rosicky, Baros and Plasil go in search of the equaliser. Goal kick.

  • 27'

    It was Totti's corner and that's the advantage of bringing on a 6ft 4in centre back - no one could stop him

  • 27'

    And Materazzi jumps highest to head the Italians into the lead

  • 26'

    Gilardino gets inside Rozehnal and wins a corner

  • 26'

    From the edge of the box, Gattuso meets Totti's cross with a firm header - and it lands on the roof of the net.

  • 25'

    As things stand, the Czechs now need to win - and Ghana are top of the group.

  • 24'

    Grygera slices his clearance from Grosso's cross, but the Czechs survive.

  • 23'

    And in the other game in the group, Ghana lead. Bad news for the USA and the Czechs.

  • 23'

    Rosicky breaks at the other end, he turns inside but can't find room to shoot.

  • 22'

    Zambrotta gets forward, lofts his cross over Cech at the near post - but too deep for Gilardino.

  • 21'

    Excellent stuff from Nedved, robbing Camoranesi and escaping him to set up an attack.

  • 21'

    Pirlo spreads play to Grosso wide on the left. His cross is blocked.

  • 20'

    Very competitive start, with the Czechs marginally the brighter. Both games in this group are 0-0, by the way.

  • 19'

    A promising Italian move is ended by a handball by Perrotta.

  • 19'

    Meanwhile, Poborsky's cross is easy for Buffon to gather.

  • 18'

    Well, that could be the end of Nesta's World Cup and should Italy progress, they may be without their best defender.

  • 17'

    Now the change can be made. Nesta off, Materazzi on in the centre of defence.

  • 17'

    Here's a problem for the Italians. Nesta is struggling and Materazzi is ready to come on.

  • 16'

    They are patient until Nedved shoots - and Buffon parries low down. Then Jankulovski goes for the follow-up and Buffon blocks again. Fine double save.

  • 16'

    Italy, however, struggle to clear, and the Czechs have the ball in their opponents' half.

  • 15'

    Nedved comes across to take on the left. He curls it in but Nesta rises highest.

  • 14'

    Another long ball for Baros to chase. He holds off Baros and wins a corner.

  • 13'

    Plasil makes the run forward in an attempt to support Baros, but he can't reach Jankulovski's pass.

  • 12'

    Totti spreads play to Zambrotta, who then finds Camoranesi. His cross, however, is too deep.

  • 12'

    Nedved has a first-time shot from 25 yards which Buffon holds low down at his near post.

  • 10'

    A long ball from Grygera sails over the head of Baros, who is rather stranded by passes like that.

  • 9'

    Terrific pass from Nedved sends Baros away, his first touch is poor but he can still squeeze a shot in. Buffon blocks his effort with his legs.

  • 9'

    Now Baros attacks on the counter and Perrotta, the last man, has to hack clear.

  • 9'

    Totti takes and Rozehnal wins the header against Cannavaro.

  • 8'

    Now Grosso gets forward to win a corner. The left back has been very attacking so far.

  • 8'

    Camoranesi, who has started wide on the left, comes infield and gets a free kick.

  • 7'

    Fine run by Grosso, who makes himself room to cross. It takes a good header from Rozehnal to stop it reaching Totti.

  • 6'

    Baros is found in the box by Plasil but, for the third time, the free kick goes against the striker.

  • 5'

    Totti takes, but it's poor and cleared. Only as far as Totti, however, whose second centre is just as bad.

  • 5'

    Gattuso is brought down, giving the Italians a free kick on the right wing.

  • 4'

    Poborsky takes and it is headed away by Camoranesi. The Czech gets a second chance to cross, but Italy survive.

  • 4'

    The Czechs are positive and get a corner, conceded by Cannavaro.

  • 3'

    But Baros is penalised again on the edge of the Italian box. he is alone up front with Nedved and Rosicky in support.

  • 2'

    Nedved is unceremoniously upended by Nesta and the Czech goes flying. It could have been a booking, but isn't.

  • 2'

    First advance down the right by Zambrotta, who has swapped flanks to take Zaccardo's place.

  • 1'

    Straight away Baros backs into Cannavaro and the free kick goes Italy's way.

  • 1'

    The Czechs get the game started with Baros - and it will be interesting to see how fit he is.

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    Right, the equation is simple. Well, almost. A draw would guarantee Italy a place in the last 16. The Czechs need a win to be sure. And positions also depend on the match between the USA and Ghana.

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    The national anthems are over, and the players are ready for go.

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    Interesting team news - the Czechs rush back Baros. Italy, without the banned de Rossi, drop striker Toni and pick four in midfield. Error-prone right back Zaccardo is omitted.

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    Czech Republic: Cech, Grygera, Kovac, Rozehnal, Jankulovski, Plasil, Polak, Nedved, Poborsky, Rosicky, Baros. Subs: Blazek, Galasek, Heinz, Jarolim, Jiranek, Kinsky, Koller, Mares, Sionko, Stajner. Italy: Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Nesta, Grosso, Camoranesi, Pirlo, Perrotta, Gattuso, Totti, Gilardino. Subs: Amelia, Barone, Barzagli, Del Piero, Iaquinta, Inzaghi, Materazzi, Oddo, Peruzzi, Toni, Zaccardo. Referee: Benito Archundia Tellez (Mexico)