Full-time - 1'
1 - 1
11:30 +00:00, June 13, 2002
Oita Stadium Big Eye, Oita, Japan
Referee: Carlos Eugenio Simon (BRA)
A Redemption Song will be sung for Del Piero after his leveller. Italy haven't gone the way of their French and Argentine counterparts. And that must be a relief. Mexico, meanwhile, have been impressive in this group and are really in form.
The ref's had enough of the training-ground passing stuff. Both teams go through. And the subs benches of each teams dance on to the pitch in delight. Mexico win the group. Italy are second.
This is turgid stuff. Neither doing anything to make an opportunity. Mexico keep the ball. They've had it for three minutes.
Now it's a carve-up. Some passing around and the teams know the route to the second round is secure.
It's in stoppage time - there's plenty of it - four minutes. Italian hearts a quiver. Croatian blood pressure reaching seismic proportions.
Some disquiet between the Italians and the ref. It looks good for both teams though.
Blanco stopped by a Cannavaro hack. No foul and Palencia drives over.
Italy now in position to qualify. Croatia must be desperate in Yokohama.
Maldini gets the ball on the left and fires it out to Coco. He's offside.
Del Piero, the villain from Euro 2000, is now the hero. He's showered in kisses and hugs from his Italian friends. Mama mia!
Del Piero gets on the end of a cross from Montella and heads in. He's the saviour as the net billows! 1-1!
Who will hit?.....Montella hits the wall. Awful. He then gets a chance and smashes it over the ball into row zz.
Zambrotta is fouled. Long ball will be launched. Del Piero fouled. Free-kick from the edge of the 'd'.
Italy attack. Del Piero twists and turns and keeper claims. Vieri was there. Then Italy waste an attack with an overhit ball.
Coco is down the left. He's stopped again by an overhit ball. Meanwhile Borgetti goes off and Palencia is his replacement.
Del Piero forces a corner. That's cleared. Italy desperation is growing.
Zanetti's cross knocked away by Carmona. Totti slopes off - he's had an appalling game to come over in an Alan Green fashion.
Freekick taken quickly. And wasted by Totti. Del Piero will come on for him surely.
Caballero comes on for Rodríguez.
Montella is miles away from a hoofed ball.
Maldini burst down the left. Blanco breaks with the ball after he's stopped. Mexico really are the better team.
Totti wastes a corner again. It goes off for a throw. That was truly awful.
Borgetti can't get a header in. Zanetti breaks. Vieri went through. Perez stops him. Another really good chance.
Coco breaks away. Vieri couldn't get to the ball.
Rodríguez is fouled by Maldini. Morales down the left.
Zambrotta crosses. Ball cleared. Vieri stopped once again.
Totti tries to spray a ball through. It fails. He's had a nightmare. Del Piero may well be looking on with some smugness.
Ball finds its way back to Pérez. Vieri can't get a flick header in.
Vieri lurked and Márquez has to concede a corner. Keeper flaps at that. Then Zambrotta plays it Montella. No shot comes in. It's cleared.
Italy need a goal. Mexico the better side. Lunar's shot is blocked.
Lunar and Morales link to give Blanco space. He shoots over the bar. Montella is stopped on the edge of the area.
Coco finds Vieri. Montella is through. He chips the keeper. And hits the back of the net. Offside. Again. But the replay shows otherwise. Italy denied for the fourth time by an errant flag.
Franceso Coco replaces Panucci. That's a like for like subbing.
Montella is out-muscled after being released by Zambrotta. Mexico defending in really good numbers.
Bad ball back by Panucci. Borgetti runs and is stopped by Nesta.
Blanco's slide-rule pass confuses Borgetti. Italy again nearly caught out.
The play is in a bit of a lull. Usually famous last words those.
Morales shoots wide. Mexico's next goal could win this totally.
Montella is booked instantly after fouling and then kicking the ball away.
Montella will come on. Italy desperately need to add some goal power. Zambrotta is penalised for a foul and is booked. Inzaghi slopes off after blowing some really good chances.
Arellano finds a way through. A Ricky Villa-style run is stopped by Buffon. Cannavaro hooks clear.
Totti is fouled. He 'oversimulated' but wins the free-kick. Inzaghi is penalised for backing in.
Italy need to start taking chances if they're to secure their second round spot.
Inzaghi had a real chance. Pérez comes out and stops the dallying striker. Another chance blown.
Inzaghi down the left and is onside. But Vidrio nicks the ball away when he was about to shoot.
The pendulum swings again. But the Italians waste two more attacking chances. Mexico then waste a free-kick.
In the other game Ecuador take the lead to keep the Italians' hopes alive.
Vieri gets to ball as the keeper misses. Then Zambrotta crosses in and Vieri misses once more.
Panucci down the left. And Inzaghi forces a corner.
Back to the action as Italy get the game back underway.
Half-time comes and we have another shock on our hands. That Borgetti goal has left Italy teetering on the brink.
Italy have another free-kick. Vieri's header is good again. He finds Zambrotta, who cuts inside, and shoots wide. He needed to test the keeper.
Keeper missed it completely. A melee in the area and Inzaghi is found offside. Again.
Totti is fouled this time. Chance to hit the ball in.
Vieri's nod on is to a Mexican defender. Italy push hard.
Blanco attacks gain. Borgetti had a chance but Nesta slides in. Totti attacks and seemed to be fouled by Márquez. No, says the ref, that was simulation.
Carmona gets a chance for Mexico. He fires wide.
Another injury. It's Márquez again. He's content to stay down. Rough house Italian tactics or play-acting? It's difficult to tell.
Vieri holds the ball up well. Chests it down and knocks it to Zambrotta. He fires wide. Such chances cannot be wasted.
Mexican fans are singing their hearts out for their lads. Márquez is the man injured.
Italy need to step things up. Inzaghi tries but is thwarted. A Mexican injury stops play.
Italy looking ragged and desperate. As things stand they are out.
Italy to join France and Argentina in the World Cup dumper? It's looking likely.
A great passing move. Blanco's cross it was. Cannavaro shoots in anger at the other end.
Morales on the left. He crosses the ball and Borgetti back-heads the ball over Buffon. A shock 1-0 lead for the Mexicans!
Vieri's scuff comes to Inzaghi. He turns and is tackled by the massed ranks of the Mexican defence.
Long ball with Vieri the target is knocked clear. Italy continue to press.
Morales catches Zambrotta. But Mexico fail to capitalise.
Pérez flaps and the ball goes out gain. Totti takes again and ovehits it yet again.
Vieri wins a corner after some great Inzaghi work.
Morales down the wing. A chance to launch a long throw.
Panucci is fouled. His free-kick is again overhit.
Panucci's cross is behind Inzaghi. Another waste.
Torrado prompts in midfield. Mexico attack in numbers and Nesta comes away with it. He's fouled by two men.
Torrado's ball is to no-one. Zambrotta is stopped in his tracks.
Totti lashes a pile-driver just wide of the goal. Pérez looked beaten. Another chance missed by Italy.
Tomassi stops an attack. Inzaghi is fouled. Free-kick to Italy.
Vieri looked to be fouled. Then he gets a chance from a lovely Totti flick and fires with real venom. Pérez saves well.
Nesta is fouled by Borgetti's flailing arm.
Inzaghi gets a bit of space. The slide-tackle stops him. Italy trying hard to force an opening.
Inzaghi down the right. He slides it to Totti, who's clear, he controls and fires wide. A real, real bad miss.
Panucci played in down the left. He plays the ball in and it's hacked clear. Totti's corner wins the award for the worst in the tournament. His team mates needed a crane to head that one.
Torrado, the bald man, does an impression of Vieri's previous effort at the other end.
Vieri gets a chance to shoot. He hits the ball hard but it skims the crossbar. He's a real threat.
Panucci heads the corner out. Mexico then waste their attacking opportunity.
Cannavaro heads out when the ball is headed for Blanco.
Buffon has to take evasive action when Borgetti threatens.
Vieri slices a ball out wide. Totti gets the ball. He slides in Inzaghi and the Milan man finishes....but offside again. A marginal decision - but the right one this time.
Panucci down the wing. Inzaghi is inside him and beats two men. He's stopped by the next.
Mexico get the ball back. Nesta gets a great header in to clear.
Zanetti tries a through ball. Vieri is offside. Morales attacks for Mexico.
Borgetti had a chance but his shot is blocked. Panucci comes away with the ball. He dived in the area and is booked for 'simulation'. Ref is card happy.
Italy do look a little nervous on the attack. Inzaghi again is the target and can't reach a long ball.
Long ball evades Totti. Panucci committed the crime.
Vieri gets down the left. His ball goes towards Totti but the Roman is forced to concede a free-kick.
Blanco hurt by a lunging Cannavaro tackle. And the Parma man misses the next game with a booking.
Long ball can't reach Inzaghi, back in the line-up.
Blanco wriggles and is fouled. Arellano gets the ball. He crosses with Borgetti lurking. Nesta heads clear.
Instant yellow card for Arellano as he hacks Panuccci down. Free-kick comes back to Nesta and he smashes the ball over.
Italy adopt a 3-4-3 strategy. But Mexico start with much of the possession.
Marques gets the ball from the kick-off and hits a long ball. Panucci clears.
Mexico need the draw but have picked an attacking line-up. Italy will have to attack - not their forte, of course.
Nesta returns for Italy - that's a real boon for them after Materazzi's woes against the Croats. He'll be needed to stop the wiles of Cuauthémoc Blanco.
It's crunch time for the azzurri (or should that be al dente?). They need to win to make sure they don't join Argentina and France in the World Cup hall of shame.