Italy 1-0 Australia
Posted by ssbg on June 26, 2006
Italy’s Alberto Gilardino goes close with a driven shot near the end of a goalless first half
Francesco Totti came off the bench to score an injury-time penalty and put 10-man Italy into the quarter-finals.
With the clock ticking down, Fabio Grosso marauded down the left flank and worked his way into the box before falling over Lucas Neill’s prone body.
Totti kept his nerve to convert with the last kick of the game, breaking Australian hearts in Kaiserslauten.
Luca Toni had earlier missed Italy’s best chances, before Marco Materazzi’s red card for a foul on Marco Bresciano.
The former Everton defender’s dismissal, which was harsh to say the least, altered what had been an open game up until then, as both sides seemed to settle for keeping it tight.
The Socceroos, who had escaped on numerous occasions when Italy’s strikers should have done better earlier in the game, failed to make the most of their one-man advantage despite a wealth of possession.
Tim Cahill, with a header, and Bresciano, with a long-range stinger, came close to snatching what had appeared to be an unlikely win before the game late on.