Round of 16
Italy defeated Australia 1-0
Goal: Francesco Totti (Italy)
Italy won! But that is not a straight indication of what happened in Kaiserslautern yesterday night. The Azzurris were playing some very good football, even though Luca Toni still seemed slightly off-coloured. Italy managed some very good attacks until Marco Materazzi had to go out red carded. But I didn’t see it to be a red card deserving foul. The Italians were completely on defence from then until the last three minutes of the game. The ball was always near the Italian penalty area, but seldom did it go past the guards there. The Italian defence was simply outstanding.
It was Italy’s day. Otherwise, there wouldn’t have been a penalty kick for them in the very dying seconds of the game. There surely was no big foul on Fabio Grosso by Lucas Neill. And Francesco Totti was never going to miss it. It could have been the costliest ever kick had it been a Frank Lampard shot! 😛 Full marks to the Italian coach Marcelo Lippi again. The substitutions were sensible. He reserved Totti for the last minutes expecting his fresh legs to work in the possible extra time. Italy now moves to Hamburg to clash with Ukraine for a place in the Semis. Hope Italy wins!