Italy 1, France 1 (Italy win 5-3 on pens)
Posted by ssbg on July 9, 2006
Grosso’s winning spot-kick sends his team-mates into a frenzy as Italy win the World Cup for the first time since 1982
Italy beat France 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out to win the World Cup after an absorbing 1-1 draw in Berlin.
Fabio Grosso scored the winning goal after France’s David Trezeguet missed.
Playing his last game before retiring, Zinedine Zidane’s career ended in disgrace after he was sent off for crazily headbutting Marco Materazzi.
Zidane had put France ahead early on with a coolly-taken chipped penalty, before Materazzi levelled with a header from an Andrea Pirlo corner.
The result caps an incredible period for Italian football, with the domestic game embroiled in a corruption scandal similar to 1982 when they last won the World Cup.
They have now won the competition four times, one fewer than Brazil, and it was the first time they managed to win a World Cup match on penalties after three failed attempts.