World Cup

June 17, 2006

Full-time

Italy

1 - 1

United States

Group E

19:00 +00:00, June 17, 2006

Fritz-Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Referee: Jorge Larrionda (URU)

Game 25

  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: Nine-man USA hold on for a point against ten-man Italy. The group is wide open.

  • 90'

    ALMOST! Nesta curls a cross in to the middle, but Gilardino glances his header wide of the far post.

  • 89'

    There isn't a lot of urgency from Italy; they look fairly drained, too.

  • 88'

    Cannavarro fouls McBride as the two jumped at an Italy corner. USA breathe again.

  • 88'

    USA have no men forward at the moment; they have dragged everyone back and are hanging on for dear life.

  • 87'

    Oguchi Onyewu makes a crucial interception as Del Piero fires a low cross across the face of goal.

  • 86'

    McBride heads clear Del Piero's corner at the near post.

  • 85'

    Keller is quick to spot the danger when Pirlo tries to pick out Perrotta with a cute through-ball.

  • 84'

    WHAT A CHANCE! Del Piero feeds a pass in to Iaquinta inside the penalty area, but his control lets him down at the crucial moment.

  • 83'

    USA look very tired now, and it's hardly surprising; there has been some strong, determined performances this evening.

  • 82'

    Conrad makes an important challenge on the edge of his own penalty area as Del Piero ran at him.

  • 81'

    I have been really impressed with the USA; despite only having nine men, they have remained organised and committed and look like they could hold on for a valuable point.

  • 80'

    Beasley breaks through the middle, but he loses the ball before spotting the penetrating run of Donovan on his outside.

  • 79'

    GOOD HANDS! Keller fists away Del Piero's shot from the edge of the penalty area.

  • 78'

    GOOD PLAY! Steve Cherundolo brilliantly beats his man down the right before sending over a testing cross to the back post, although McBride can't direct his header on target.

  • 78'

    Italy are remaining patient as they search for this winning goal, but they must be getting a little frustrated.

  • 77'

    Pirlo's cross is too deep, a real wasted chance to test Keller again.

  • 76'

    It has been a really spirited display by the USA; they are still managing to show a lot of positive intent and look quite solid at the back.

  • 75'

    USA have a nice spell with the ball around the Italy penalty area, but Reyna and Beasley can't manufacture a shooting chance for McBride.

  • 74'

    Keller has kept his side in the match with that save; it was a really good leap and he managed to palm the ball away to safety.

  • 73'

    WONDER SAVE! Keller pulls off a stunning, one-handed save to paw away Del Piero's goal-bound flick.

  • 72'

    GOOD CHANCE! Donovan curls in a free-kick; Bocanegra climbs highest inside the penalty area, but heads off target.

  • 71'

    Zambrotta is booked for pushing over Steve Cherundolo as they chased down a pass down the right wing.

  • 70'

    Iaquinta seems to be having a positive effect for Italy; he has certainly got the pace to go past tiring defenders as the game goes on.

  • 69'

    CLOSE! Zambrotta cuts inside and curls a right-foot shot through a crowd of players; it beats the dive of Keller, but spins wide of the far post.

  • 68'

    Perrotta is back on the pitch, but he is hobbling badly and doesn't look at all mobile.

  • 67'

    Perrotta is stretchered from the field after a nasty challenge from Bocanegra. Italy have used all of their substitutes, so if he doesn't make it back, it's nine v nine...

  • 66'

    GOAL! NO! Beasley fires a low shot goalwards; it beats Buffon and rolls in inside the back post, but the linesman rules that McBride was stood in an offisde position and interferring with play.

  • 65'

    Italy have certainly been dominant since the break, but they haven't really worked Keller as much as they'd have liked.

  • 64'

    GOOD BREAK! Donovan leads a USA break with a dart through the middle; he feeds McBride, but the Fulham striker slices his left-foot shot wide of the near post.

  • 63'

    USA SUB: Dempsey is replaced by Beasley; Dempsey has worked really hard down the right wing.

  • 62'

    ITALY SUB: Iaquinta comes on to replace Toni; the Udinese striker scored in the previous game against Ghana.

  • 61'

    OVER! Perrotta fires a shot over the crossbar from a tight angle; good defending from Conrad, who put him under pressure.

  • 60'

    USA have a penalty shout when the ball strikes Nesta's arm inside the penalty area, but the referee rules 'play on'.

  • 59'

    USA aren't going to get many more shooting opportunities; they need to do better when they get in the final third.

  • 58'

    DISAPPOINTING! Reyna breaks forward through the middle, but he makes a mess of his shot from 20 yards, dragging it well wide of the post.

  • 58'

    Del Piero releases Zambrotta down the left, but there is no striker to turn in his low cross.

  • 57'

    Perrotta breaks in to some space down the right before sending over a good cross, although it is too long for Del Piero and Toni.

  • 56'

    Pirlo is beginning to find a lot of space in midfield, and is picking out some good passes; he could really open up the USA defence with all the time and space he is being given.

  • 55'

    ITALY SUB: Del Piero replaces Zaccardo; Lippi brings on another striker to try and capitalise on his team's one-man advantage.

  • 54'

    USA are going to have a lot of running to do in this second half; tiredness will surely be a factor as the game progresses.

  • 53'

    OFF THE BAR! Bocanegra heads a wickedly curling free-kick on to his own crossbar. A close shave for USA.

  • 52'

    USA SUBSTITUTION: Convey is replaced by Jim Conrad; a defensive change from Arena as he tries to reorganise after the two sendings off.

  • 51'

    The USA will have to gamble at the back a little for the remainder of the game; they are playing with just three at the back.

  • 50'

    Arena still looks furious at the Pope sending off; he is prowling around on the sidelines, muttering to himself.

  • 49'

    Cannavaro receives some treatment after landing awkardly on his ankle. He is stretchered off, and looks in serious pain.

  • 48'

    Replays do suggest that Pope did catch the Italian striker on the ankle as he slid in; USA down to ninr men.

  • 47'

    AMAZING! POPE IS SENT OFF! The referee books Pope for the second time for a sliding challenge on Toni. Real drama here.

  • 46'

    So, ten against ten in the second half; that should mean the players have more space and time to create.

  • 45'

    Italy kick off the second half.

  • 46'

    HALF-TIME: Two red cards, two goals. A pretty chaotic first-half, all-in-all. It really could go either way from here.

  • 45'

    It was a pretty ugly challenge from Mastroeni, on reflection; he flew in, studs-up on Pirlo, who he caught on the ankle.

  • 45'

    OFF! Mastroeni is sent off for a reckless lunge in midfield. A harsh decision, I think, but he has to go.

  • 44'

    NICE MOVE! Donovan's flick sets Reyna free on the edge of the area, but the captain's shot is deflected and spins out for a corner.

  • 43'

    CLOSE! Mastroeni finds himself in space, 30 yards from goal; he opts to shoot, but curls his effort narrowly over the crossbar. Good effort.

  • 42'

    USA will never get a better chance to record their first-ever victory against Italy.

  • 41'

    Pirlo plays in Zambrotta down the left, but the linesman rules the full-back has got too far ahead of the play and flags for offside.

  • 40'

    Reyna is in quickly on Gattusso, but the referee spots a foul. The two exchange some friendly banter before play continues.

  • 39'

    Italy seem to be playing with a 3-4-2 formation since the departure of De Rossi; it is adventurous and bold - can USA capitalise?

  • 38'

    Italy have had a disrupted build-up to this tournament, with all the match-fixing allegations in Serie A; they will now have to cope with a suspension to one of their first-choice midfielders.

  • 37'

    Gattuso will add some steel to the Italian midfield; he is a really terrier, a snarling, biting, scrappy little player with a really impressive beard.

  • 36'

    ITALY SUB: Gattuso comes on to replace Totti; the playmaker is sacrificed as Lippi opts to strengthen his midfield after De Rossi's red card.

  • 35'

    Pope gets too tight to Toni, and the referee spots a shirt-tug from the USA defender.

  • 34'

    USA have to try and stretch the play as much as possible; try to drag the Italian defence out of position and hope to create chances for McBride and Donovan.

  • 33'

    ...Convey sends the corner in to the middle, but Bocanegra heads over.

  • 33'

    Steve Cherundolo's cross from the right is headed behind by Zambrotta. Corner to the USA...

  • 32'

    McBride is still off the field receiving treatment for the cut to the face he received from De Rossi's elbow.

  • 31'

    Italy will have to reorganise now; Totti seems to have dropped a little deeper in to midfield to support Pirlo.

  • 31'

    So, Italy are down to ten men, and USA have a real chance to make them pay; there is a lot of time left for the Americans to edge in front.

  • 30'

    De Rossi has really let himself down there; it was a malicious elbow that caught McBride square in the face.

  • 29'

    OFF! De Rossi is sent off for an elbow on McBride. Real drama.

  • 28'

    It was a dreadful piece of defending from Zaccardo; he wasn't under a lot pressure, but somehow managed to screw the ball past Buffon.

  • 28'

    GOAL! And Zaccardo slices the ball in to his own net at the back post!

  • 28'

    ...Convey swings the free-kick in to the middle...

  • 28'

    USA win a free-kick, out on the right touchline...

  • 27'

    Bruce Arena doesn't look a very happy bunny on the USA bench; in fact, he looks decidedly grumpy.

  • 26'

    If USA lose tonight; they can still progress if results go their way in the final group games, although it will certainly be tough for them.

  • 25'

    The Italian fans are the ones making the most noise at the moment; USA look a little shocked after going behind.

  • 25'

    Italy lead, but that's not really a fair reflection of the game; USA had made by far the better start.

  • 24'

    There wasn't much Keller could do about that; the USA marking was dreadful; Gilardino had a free header inside the six-yard box.

  • 23'

    GOAL! Pirlo curs a free-kick in to the penalty area; Gilardino loses his marker and glances a low header past Keller.

  • 22'

    Oguchi Onyewu does well to intercept Totti's pass in to the area, intended for Toni/

  • 21'

    Eddie Pope hauls down Toni as the two tussled for the ball in the USA half; free-kick Italy.

  • 20'

    Italy are really struggling to find their feet at the moment; they are losing the midfield battle, without a doubt.

  • 19'

    Dempsey looks to be a good player; he has given USA a directness and energy down that right-hand side.

  • 18'

    JUST WIDE! Dempsey finds some space on the edge of the area; he spins and fires in a low shot, but the ball skips wide of the far post. Good effort.

  • 18'

    RUBBISH! Reyna, who has otherwise made an excellent start, sends a pass out of play as he tries to find Dempsey. Poor play from the skipper.

  • 17'

    USA have made a really positive start here; Arena's tactical changes have had the right effect.

  • 16'

    OVER! Dempsey shows some silky skills down the right before firing in a low cross; it finds its way through a crowd to Convey at the back post, but he slashes his shot high over the bar.

  • 15'

    DEFLECTED! Convey fires in the free-kick, but his effort is deflected off the wall and out for a corner.

  • 15'

    USA win a free-kick in a really threatening position on the edge of the Italy penalty area after Cannavarro's clumsy challenge.

  • 14'

    ...Totti curls the ball in to the middle, but De Rossi is caught off-side. Brave defending from the USA.

  • 14'

    Italy win a free-kick; Totti stands over the ball as his players jockey for position in the penalty area...

  • 13'

    GOOD TACKLE! Oguchi Onyewu holds off Toni as the striker strode in to the USA penalty area. Good strong defending from the youngster.

  • 12'

    USA have made the better start in the Fritz-Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern; they look positive and dynamic - a really good sign.

  • 11'

    USA are playing with a very high defensive line; already they are pressing up in midfield and trying to catch the Italian strikers offside.

  • 10'

    Dempsey feeds a good low cross in to the middle, but Donovan can't get the ball out of his feet to get his shot away.

  • 9'

    Carlos Bocanegra is starting tonight; he has come in to replace Lewis at left back. Lewis had a poor game against the Czechs; he looked a little unsure, defensively.

  • 8'

    Donovan goes down inside the penalty area as he tried to get on the end of Cherundolo's cross from the right; no penalty.

  • 7'

    Donovan appears to be playing a little further up the pitch than he did against the Czechs; he will be looking to feed passes in to McBride, an ever-willing runner.

  • 6'

    USA seem to want to play at a high tempo, to really get some pressure on Italy; they'll have to be careful not to be hit on the break.

  • 5'

    Totti is booked for a challenge from behind in midfield; a harsh decision from the referee, perhaps. USA quickly get on with the game.

  • 4'

    There is a fabulous atmosphere inside the ground; the fans have mingled well, and are really enjoying this beautiful summer evening.

  • 3'

    Pirlo will play an important role tonight, sitting in midfield and spraying passes around for his team-mates.

  • 3'

    Ghana's win earlier in the day has really thrown this group wide open; a good result here and USA have a great chance of progressing.

  • 2'

    GOOD CROSS! Toni climbs high to try and get on the end of Totti's cross, but he can only glance his header well wide.

  • 1'

    History and form favours the Italians, but football is a crazy, crazy game - anything can happen.

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    Here we go. USA kick off on a very pleasant evening.

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    Hello again. I'm Alex, I'm here to guide you through Team USA's big clash against Italy. I'm excited. Are you?