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August 18, 2007

Materazzi reveals slur he uttered at 2006 FIFA World Cup

Materazzi reveals slur he uttered at 2006 FIFA World Cup

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Italy and Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi revealed the slur he said to Zinedine Zidane at last year’s FIFA World Cup in Germany, which led to Zidane’s headbutting of Materazzi and subsequent red card for Zidane.

Materazzi said in an interview with the TV Sorrisi e Canzoni magazine that the insult was: “I prefer the whore that is your sister.” The Interview is set to be released on Monday.

Materazzi had mentioned previously that the insult involved Zidane’s sister, but had never given the exact words until now.



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October 7, 2006

French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez announces retirement

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French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez announces retirement

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Saturday, October 7, 2006

In the 2006 World Cup final, Fabien Barthez’s mistake allowed Materazzi to score a decisive goal. The bald keeper, who’ll be remembered for being top-head kissed at the start of each international match by teammate Laurent Blanc, was desperately hoping for revenge against Italy last September in the Stade de France but Grégory Coupet became the #1 rated French football goalkeeper therefore pushing Fabien in retirement announced officially yesterday.

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September 6, 2006

Wikinews Shorts: September 6, 2006

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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Sport – Materazzi admits Zidane comment

Marco Materazzi has told ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ exactly what comment he made to Zinedine Zidane that caused him to headbutt the player during the 2006 world cup final. Materazzi said “I was tugging his shirt; he said to me ‘if you want my shirt so much I’ll give it to you afterwards,’ I answered that I’d prefer his sister.” Zidane, who was sent off for the incident, has previously refused to go into detail over what had been said, referring to it as a personal comment about his mother and sister.

Materazzi has been banned for 2 matches by FIFA (the world football governing body) whilst Zidane, who is now retired from the sport, was given a 3 match ban and fined £3,260.

India – Conservative leader’s convoy hits and injures Mumbai woman

Yesterday a convoy carrying the UK Conservative party leader David Cameron (from a slum literacy project in Mumbai to a lunch meeting at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel) hit Prema Naik, a factory worker in the city. Cameron’s car was ahead of the minibus that was involved in the accident and he was not aware of the incident till later.

Naik’s condition was described as “serious” last night as she underwent treatment at the King Edward Memorial Hospital. Cameron said he was in shocked by the incident and promised that “the High Commission will also do all that it can to assist the victim and her family.” The driver of the minibus was pulled out and beaten by a mob after the incident – a common occurrence in India.

Northern Ireland – Omagh bomb suspect goes to trial

Sean Gerard Hoey, a 37 year old electrician, will stand trial in Northern Ireland for the 1998 Omagh bombing. Hoey is accused of killing 29 people in the car bomb explosion on the 15 August 1998. In total he faces 58 charges of (some for separate bombings and conspiracies). Hoey is the only suspect to have been charged in connection with the bombings and has been in custody for 3 years.

The trial, in Belfast, will be seen by Mr Justice Weir and is expected to last 14 weeks. It is likely to be the last non-jury trial in Northern Ireland.

UK – NHS must “cut back” on old treatments

The National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence is to encourage British doctors to stop using older treatments if newer ones are available. It has been reported that unneeded tonsillectomies and hysterectomies (that could be treated with drugs) are costing the health service £21 million year.

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Andy Burnham, a government spokesman said that the health authorities would still keep the money just be asked to review its processes; “New drugs and treatments are continuously emerging and trusts have to make difficult decisions about how to invest funding.”

Europe – Sony announces launch of PS3 in Europe will be delayed

Sony have announced that they will delay the launch of the Playstation 3 from November 2006 to March 2007. A spokesperson cited supply issues for a key component. The delay, the second this year after Sony earlier moved the date from spring to November, means the PS3 will not be on sale for the Christmas rush (traditionally the best selling time for games consoles).

The delay is due to problems over ther supply of a blue laser used in the PS3’s Blu-ray drive. The planned American launch date remains unchanged and Sony say they still aim to sell 6 million units by March.

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July 12, 2006

Zidane apologises for headbutt

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Zidane apologises for headbutt

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Zinedine Zidane has apologised on French TV for his actions on the World Cup final, Wednesday – but the apology did not extend to his victim. Zidane had headbutted Italian player Marco Materazzi and was sent off after 110 minutes play.

But on French television Zidane showed remorse for his behaviour. “I want to ask for forgiveness from all the children who watched,” he said.

It was expected that Zidane would reveal what provoked him into the headbutt. However, Zidane refused to divulge what Materazzi actually said but did say that Materazzi made remarks which were “very personal” and specifically concerned his mother and sister.

Materazzi had earlier admitted that he insulted Zidane, but denied any remarks on Zidane’s mother or having made a racial slur.

“I didn’t insult his mother. I lost my mother when I was 15 years old and still get emotional when I talk about it.”

“Zidane is my hero and I have always admired him a lot,” said Materazzi.

While the French star’s comments contradicted Materazzi’s view Zidane also refused to apologise to Materazzi for his on-field assault. “I want to apologise to them [the children] but I can’t regret what I did because it would mean that he [Materazzi] was right to say what he said”.

The partial apology comes as FIFA President Sept Blatter said Zidane may be stripped of his Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player. FIFA set up a disciplinary committee to investigate Zidane’s violent conduct.

After the red card to Zidane, Italy went on to win the final on penalty kicks.



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July 11, 2006

World Cup official attempts suicide

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World Cup official attempts suicide

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Top German FIFA World Cup official Juergen Kiessling was found in his Reinickendorf, Germany (a borough of Berlin) home after a neighbor heard a gunshot. He was rushed to the hospital shortly after midnight with what seems to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Two suicide notes were found, one addressed to his daughter, and one addressed to the remainder of his family. The motive for the apparent suicide attempt is not yet clear.

The 65-year-old is listed in serious condition at Virchow Clinical Center in Berlin.



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July 8, 2006

Germany beat Portugal 3-1 to take FIFA World Cup bronze

Germany beat Portugal 3-1 to take FIFA World Cup bronze

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Saturday, July 8, 2006

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Two goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger and his assist on a Petit own goal won bronze for Germany in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Saturday.

Gottlieb Daimler Stadion

The excitement began in the second half when the hosts who had captain Michael Ballack missing through injury got three goals in 20 minutes from the right boot of the 21-year-old Bayern Munich left midfielder.

Schweinsteiger was dropped by coach Jurgen Klinsmann from his semi-final line up against Italy, a game Germany lost while Schweinsteiger was on the field late in extra time, won the third-place playoff game on his own with two individual efforts from 30 yards.

Twice Schweinsteiger cut in from the left and fired right-footed at the net; twice he beat Ricardo. The first beat the Portuguese with pace over his head; the second swerved away to the keeper’s left.

An own goal from a free kick 30 yards out from the left side of the penalty box netted what proved to be the game-winning goal. Driven low across goal it connected with Petit’s knee and Ricardo could not stop it going in.

Portugal were strong in possession but lacked punch in attack; unable to convert 57 per cent possession into goals. Pauleta had two clear chances from 15 yards but both times hit tame shots that did not trouble Oliver Kahn.

Kahn, FIFA player of the tournament at the 2002 World Cup, captained the side on his first appearance for Germany at the 2006 World Cup. After substitutions the host nation had used all outfield players in the squad in the competition.

Portugal were to get a consolation goal with help of substitute Luis Figo, who made his 127th and final cap for the Port shirts.

The veteran right winger almost immediately provided the precise distribution needed to unlock the German defence. A cross from the ring wing on 75 minutes found fellow substitute Nuno Gomes at the far post, who dived in for the consolation goal.

Ronaldo jeers

In the match the Portuguese left winger Christiano Ronaldo was booed and jeered each time he got the ball by a section of the 52’000 crowd.

During the tournament the player had gained a reputation for being a showman but a bad sportsman guilty foul simulation (diving). The allegations made by players and media were denied by Ronaldo and his coach Luiz Felipe Scholari.

However it seemed to affect his performance. By the end of the match Ronaldo’s famous multiple step-overs were gone although he remained dangerous with three out of four shots on target.

FIFA Young Player of the Tournament

German striker Lukas Podolski before the match was named by FIFA as Young Player of the Tournament. He scored three goals during Germany’s run to the bronze.

Oliver Kahn retires

Oliver Kahn, 37, captained the German team for the occasion and stated after the game that he would retire from international football. Kahn was popular with the German fans in the arena and cheered by the Stuttgart crowd for almost every touch.

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Third-place

Match 63

July 8, 2006
21:00
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 3–1 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Gottlieb Daimler Stadion
Schweinsteiger 56′ 78′
Petit 60′ o.g
Gomes 88′

Attendance: 52’000

Formations

Germany

Flag of Germany.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Germany.svgOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
Flag of Germany.svgPhilipp Lahm Flag of Germany.svgJens Nowotny Flag of Germany.svgChristoph Metzelder Flag of Germany.svgMarcell Jansen
Flag of Germany.svgBernd Schneider Flag of Germany.svgTorsten Frings 7′Yellow card.svg Flag of Germany.svgSebastian Kehl Flag of Germany.svgBastien Schweinsteiger Soccerball.jpgSoccerball.jpg 78′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Germany.svgMiroslav Klose Flag of Germany.svgLukas Podolski

Substitutes

  • 65′ Oliver Neuville for Klose
  • 71′ Mike Hanke for Podolski
  • 79′ Thomas Hitzlsperger for Schweinsteiger

Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann

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Portugal

Flag of Portugal.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Portugal.svgRicardo (GK)
Flag of Portugal.svgPaulo Ferriera 60′Yellow card.svg Flag of Portugal.svgRicardo Costa 24′Yellow card.svg Flag of Portugal.svgFernando Miera Flag of Portugal.svgNuno Valente
Flag of Portugal.svgCostinha 33′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Portugal.svgManiche Flag of Portugal.svgDeco
Flag of Portugal.svgSimao Sabrosa Flag of Portugal.svgChristiano Ronaldo
Flag of Portugal.svgPauleta (C)

Substitutes

  • 46′ Petit for Costinha
  • 69′ Nuno Gomes Soccerball.jpg for Valente
  • 77′ Luis Figo for Pauleta

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scholari

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Officials

Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Referee: Toru Kamikawa Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Assistant referee: Yoshikazu Hiroshima

Flag of South Korea (bordered).svg Assistant referee: Young Kim Dae

Flag of Benin.svg Fourth referee: Coffi Codjia

Flag of Rwanda.svg Fifth referee: Celestin Ntagungira

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July 5, 2006

France beat Portugal 1-0 and reach FIFA World Cup final

France beat Portugal 1-0 and reach FIFA World Cup final

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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

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An experienced French side beat Portugal 1-0 in an unspectacular semi-final of the FIFA World Cup in Munich, Wednesday.

Allianz Arena

The team that lined up against Luis Felipe Scolari’s side had an average age over 30 and after they went ahead from a 32 minute Zinedine Zidane penalty used their experience to control the game.

In the second half French tactics became increasingly defensive which saw ball possession go from a direct split at half time to 59 per cent in favour of Portugal as, at times, every French man sat back in his own half of the pitch.

There were few good chances in a slow game and in the first half Portugal were particularly guilty of wasting possession near the French box, giving Portugal’s only striker Pauleta no chance.

On 23 minutes Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo swapped sides but this did not seem to help. French defending was tight and the majority of shots at goal Portugal got were from long range.

On 38 minutes Ronaldo created the best chance; on the left touchline he got past two French players and ran almost 30 yards into the penalty area. His shot was deflected away by a diving Liliam Thuram challenge.

France were also unable to get a sight of goal, confined to three efforts in the first period, to which they were to add two more in the second. The only goal came from a penalty awarded on the half hour when Thierry Henry wrong-footed Ricardo Carvalho and the Chelsea defender impeded Henry’s movement with a leg.

Ricardo had saved three penalties against England in the quarter-final shootout but Zidane’s low shot to his right just evaded his finger tips.

Portugal did not score in their quarter-final and they were not to score in the semi-final. They came closest to scoring on a Fabien Barthez error when the veteran of France’s successful 1998 World Cup campaign failed to catch Ronaldo’s driven free kick. He somehow managed also to throw the ball onto Figo’s head but the Portugal captain did not keep it down.

Two minutes into added time Fernando Miera had a sight of goal at the edge of the French area but the central defender hit the ball high and wide.

It did not seem like a 100 per cent effort from the French team who might be glad that the game did not go to a punishing Extra Time. Italy awaits Raymond Domenech’s side in the Olympiastadion, Berlin, on July 9.

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Semi-finals

Match 61

July 45, 2006
21:00
Flag of France.svg France 1–0 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Allianz Arena
Zidane 32′ (pen)

Attendance: 66’000

Formations

France

Flag of France.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of France.svgFabien Barthez (GK)
Flag of France.svgWilly Sagnol Flag of France.svgLiliam Thuram Flag of France.svgWilliam Gallas Flag of France.svgEric Abidal
Flag of France.svgClaude Makelele
Flag of France.svgFlorent Malouda Flag of France.svgPatrick Viera Flag of France.svgFrank Ribery
Flag of France.svgZinedine Zidane (C) Soccerball.jpg
Flag of France.svgThierry Henry

Substitutes

  • 69′ Sylvian Wiltord for Malouda
  • 72′ Sidney Govou for Ribery
  • 85′ Louis Saha 87′Yellow card.svg for Henry

Coach: Raymond Domenech

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Portugal

Flag of Portugal.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Portugal.svgRicardo (GK)
Flag of Portugal.svgMiguel Flag of Portugal.svgFernando Meira Flag of Portugal.svgRicardo Carvalho 83′Yellow card.svg Flag of Portugal.svgNuno Valente
Flag of Portugal.svgCostinha
Flag of Portugal.svgManiche Flag of Portugal.svgDeco
Flag of Portugal.svgLuís Figo (C) Flag of Portugal.svgCristiano Ronaldo
Flag of Portugal.svgPauleta

Substitutes

  • 62′ Paulo Ferreira
  • 68′ Simão Sabrosa
  • 75′ Hélder Postiga

Coach: Luis Felipe Scolari

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Officials

Flag of Uruguay.svg Referee: Jorge Larrionda Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Uruguay.svg Assistant referee: Walter Rial

Flag of Uruguay.svg Assistant referee: Pablo Fandino

Flag of Australia.svg Fourth referee: Mark Shield

Flag of Australia.svg Fifth referee: Nathan Gibson

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July 4, 2006

Italy score two late in Extra Time to advance to finals, hosts Germany to play in third place match

Italy score two late in Extra Time to advance to finals, hosts Germany to play in third place match

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Tuesday, July 4, 2006

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Two stylish Italian goals minutes from the end of the second period of Extra Time prevented a penalty kick shootout and sent Germany out of the FIFA World Cup in Dortmund on Tuesday.

Signal Iduna Park

Despite the best attacking efforts from the two teams, the score had remained level during 90 minutes of regulation time and the 28 overtime minutes that preceded the game winner.

Moments after Jens Lehmann had dived to put Andrea Pirlo’s 25 yard drive behind for a corner, the German keeper was helpless. With the clock on 119 minutes Fabio Grosso, found in the area by Pirlo, circled a left foot shot across him just inside the far post.

Just two minutes later, Alessandro Del Piero got Italy’s second with the last kick of the game when he clipped high past Lehmann’s left hand at the end of a fast break-away with Alberto Gilardino.

Lehmann had the busier match and made eight saves while Gianluigi Buffon was troubled by two. The Arsenal goalkeeper had also to deal with twelve corner kicks, many of which he plucked easily from the Italian heads.

Germany played the game without ball winner Torsten Frings, whom FIFA had suspended from the match for a punch thrown in a melee after the penalty shootout in the quarter-final against Argentina.

In the 90 minutes the better chances fell to Germany. On half an hour Bernd Schneider was free on goal but did not keep his shot down. After an hour Lukas Podolski, right of goal, spun and shot but was denied by Gianluigi Buffon.

The Italian defence had not conceded a goal for four games, and were to go on to record a fifth shut out in six games at the World Cup finals.

The statistics suggest Italy were the most attacking side in the match with eight more corners, nine more offsides and 14 per cent more ball possession than their opponents.

Italy played overtime with a vigorous intent to win and nearly cracked the Germans in the first two minutes. Gilardino cut back from the goal line and got away a sneaky near post shot but it bounced off the inside of Lehmann’s left post. Gianluca Zambrotta drove one from the edge of the area but was denied by Lehmann’s crossbar.

The Germans who had gone the full 120 minutes in their last game appeared the more tired team but had a chance to go 1-0 in front. Lukas Podolski was found unmarked at the near post, but his header from ten yards was about ten yards wide.

Italy had an emotional history of penalty kick shootout losses at the World Cup, including a defeat in the 1994 World Cup final, but Marcello Lippi’s team’s persistence was eventually rewarded. There were no penalties to overcome. Germany has won a total of five World Cup penalty shootouts in a row.

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Semi-finals

Match 61

July 4, 2006
21:00
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 0–2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Signal Iduna Park
Grosso 119′
Del Piero 121’+

Attendance: 65’000

Formations

Germany

Flag of Germany.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Germany.svgJens Lehmann (GK)
Flag of Germany.svgArne Friedrich Flag of Germany.svgPer Mertesacker Flag of Germany.svgChristoph Metzelder 56′Yellow card.svg Flag of Germany.svgPhilipp Lahm
Flag of Germany.svgBernd Schneider Flag of Germany.svgMichael Ballack (C) Flag of Germany.svgSebastian Kehl Flag of Germany.svgTim Borowski 40′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Germany.svgMiroslav Klose Flag of Germany.svgLukas Podolski

Substitutes

  • 73′ Bastian Schweinsteiger for Borowski
  • 83′ David Ondonker for Schneider
  • 111′ Oliver Neuville for Klose

Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann

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Italy

Flag of Italy.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Italy.svgGianluigi Buffon (GK)
Flag of Italy.svgFabio Cannavaro (C) Flag of Italy.svgMarco Materazzi
Flag of Italy.svgGianluca Zambrotta Flag of Italy.svgGennaro Gattuso Flag of Italy.svgFabio Grosso Soccerball.jpg
Flag of Italy.svgMauro Camoranesi 90′Yellow card.svg Flag of Italy.svgAndrea Pirlo Flag of Italy.svgSimone Perrotta
Flag of Italy.svgFrancesco Totti
Flag of Italy.svgLuca Toni

Substitutes

  • 74′ Alberto Gilardinho for Toni
  • 91′ Vincenzo Iaquinta for Camoranesi
  • 104′ Alessandro Del Piero Soccerball.jpg for Perrotta

Coach: Marcello Lippi

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Officials

Flag of Mexico.svg Referee: Benito Archundia Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Mexico.svg Assistant referee: Jose Ramirez

Flag of Canada.svg Assistant referee: Hector Vergara

Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Fourth referee: Toru Kamikawa

Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Fifth referee: Yoshikazu Hiroshima

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July 1, 2006

France beat Brazil 1-0 to take last semi-final spot

France beat Brazil 1-0 to take last semi-final spot

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Saturday, July 1, 2006

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In a quarter-final rematch of the 1998 Fifa World Cup final France beat Brazil 1-0 to progress to the semi-finals, Saturday.

Brazil had not lost a Fifa World Cup match since the 1998 game but Zinedine Zidane, the three times World Player of the Year who had authored Brazil’s downfall in Paris, left the signature of his gifts in his trademark flair at the Commerzbank Arena.

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The experienced French defense of Liliam Thuram, Claude Makelele and Patrick Viera did their bit to confine the 2002 World Champions to a single shot on target in 90 minutes. The attacking pace and skill of newcomer Frank Ribery ripped Brazilian defence open and Zidane found him time and time again.

Thierry Henry scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes after half-time. Zidane flighted a free kick to the far post where Henry ran in and jumped to side-foot a volley past Dida.

Zidane’s performance in the eyes of experienced observers reawakened memories of his best games for France. He orchestrated nearly everything France did well and always had time for graceful turns, effortless passes, mesmerizing footwork that evaded legs to keep the ball under control.

If 34 year old Zidane played like the game might have been his last match, Brazil’s Ronaldo, Cafu and Roberto Carlos, also over 30, were unable to rise to the same heights on this occasion.

On 90 minutes Ronaldinho had a free kick opportunity 25 yards from goal but it was not to be the 2006 Fifa Player of the Year’s night either; his shot fizzed over the bar.

The result meant Raymond Domenech’s side would meet Portugal in the semi-final round of the World Cup in Munich on Wednesday, July 5.

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Quarter-finals

Match 60

July 1, 2006
21:00
Flag of France.svg France 1–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Commerzbank Arena
Henry 57′

Attendance: 48’000

Formations

France

Flag of France.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of France.svgFabien Barthez (GK)
Flag of France.svgWilly Sagnol 74′Yellow card.svg Flag of France.svgWilliam Gallas Flag of France.svgEric Abidal Flag of France.svgLiliam Thuram 88′Yellow card.svg
Flag of France.svgClaude Makelele
Flag of France.svgFrank Ribery Flag of France.svgPatrick Viera Flag of France.svgFlourant Malouda
Flag of France.svgZinedine Zidane (C)
Flag of France.svgThierry Henry Soccerball.jpg

Substitutes

  • 77′ Sidney Govou for Ribery
  • 81′ Slyvain Wiltord for Malouda
  • 86′ Louis Saha 87′Yellow card.svg for Henry

Coach: Raymond Domenech

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Brazil

Flag of Brazil.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Brazil.svgDida (GK)
Flag of Brazil.svgRoberto Carlos Flag of Brazil.svgJuan 45′Yellow card.svg Flag of Brazil.svgLucio 75′Yellow card.svg Flag of Brazil.svgCafu (C) 25′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Brazil.svgGilberto Silva
Flag of Brazil.svgKaka Flag of Brazil.svgZe Roberto Flag of Brazil.svgJuninho Pernambucano Flag of Brazil.svgRonaldinho
Flag of Brazil.svgRonaldo 47’+Yellow card.svg

Substitutes

  • 63′ Adriano for Juninho
  • 76′ Cicinho for Cafu
  • 79′ Robinho for Kaka

Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

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Officials

Flag of Spain.svg Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Spain.svg Assistant referee: Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco

Flag of Spain.svg Assistant referee: Pedro Medina Hernandez

Flag of Australia.svg Fourth referee: Mark Shield

Flag of Australia.svg Fifth referee: Ben Wilson

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June 30, 2006

Germany master penalties to beat Argentina to semi-final spot

Germany master penalties to beat Argentina to semi-final spot

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Friday, June 30, 2006

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Germany beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the Fifa World Cup semi-finals in Berlin, Friday.

Olympiastadion, Berlin.

The match had drawn 1-1 without many clear chances for either side due to defensive play on both sides. First it was Germany who were unable to be positive as Argentina dominated play with 65 per cent of ball possession.

Until their goal Argentina controlled the game.

Four minutes after half-time Roberto Ayala got across Miroslav Klose to meet Juan Riquelme’s corner which he powered between Jens Lehmann and his near post guard, Philipp Lahm.

The goal early in the second period made for a more exciting match which had been mostly uneventful in a first half during which neither side could muster more than a single shot. However; good scoring chances where hard to come by.

Juergen Klinsmann may be credited with a substitution change that partially helped Germany get an equalising goal. The fast David Odonkor troubled Juan Sorin and the Argentine left flank and allowed Germany to press forward nearer to the opposition penalty area.

Argentine manager may also have made a tactical mistake and suffered form a moment of bad fortune. In the minutes before Germany equalised from Ballack’s wonderful left field cross his goalkeeper had to be stretchered off with a muscle injury.

Jose Pekerman followed his keeper’s substitutions with two defensive ones; taking off creative midfield playmaker Riquelme and forward Hernan Crespo. The gifts of Lionel Messi and Javier Saviola were left on the bench while Julio Cruz, a long ball-holding forward, was brought on to partner Carlos Tevez.

The bad luck and changes seemed to put Germany in charge of the tactical game for the first time in the match.

A minute after Cruz arrived Pekerman might have regretted his decision. Klose’s fifth World Cup goal ten minutes from time put him at the top of the Fifa Golden Boot leader board as the tournament’s highest goalscorer. He beat his marker to dip and head beyond Leonardo Franco after Tim Borowski, a substitution on 74 minutes, had flicked on a Ballack cross.

The game finished 1-1 and the two halves of extra time mirrored the match; first half uneventful, the second half more attacking. Fabricio Coloccini came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the crossbar from 45 yards trying to catch Lehmann off his goal line.

Neither Germany or Argentina had lost in a World Cup penalty contest; both sides had won three. All the penalties hit the target and were well struck, except Ayala’s who hit a soft effort which Lehmann saved to his left. Cambiasso’s effort to Lehmann’s left was better struck but the keeper had guessed the right side to dive to break Argentine hearts.

Post shootout melee

FIFA launched an investigation into an on-field melee which began after the penalties had been decided in Germany’s favour.

Punches and kicks were thrown in the tangle. Unused Argentine substitute Leandro Cufre assaulted German Per Mertesacker and was presented the red card by Lubos Michel.

According to the German captain Michael Ballack the conflict originated when Argentine players shouted at the German team during the shootout. When Tim Borowski got Germany’s fourth penalty he made a sign to the Argentine players to be quiet.

After the penalty kicks Argentine players approached Borowski and a scuffle of mostly pushing began that involved dozens of players, referees, coaches and substitutes.

FIFA said television pictures would be looked at and fines or sanctions would be considered if appropriate.

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Quarter-finals

Match 57

June 30, 2006
17:00
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Olympiastadion
Klose 80′ Ayala 49′

Attendance: 72’000

Penalties

Flag of Germany.svg Notes Result Flag of Argentina.svg Notes Result
Neuville Hard to left Soccerball.jpg Cruz High to right Soccerball.jpg
Ballack Hard to right Soccerball.jpg Ayala Saved low left X
Podolski Hard low left Soccerball.jpg Rodriguez Stutter, low right Soccerball.jpg
Borowski Low to left Soccerball.jpg Cambiasso Saved low left X
Total 4 Total 2

Notes are from the goalkeeper’s view.

Formations

Germany

Flag of Germany.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Germany.svg Jens Lehmann (GK)
Flag of Germany.svgArne Friedrich 114′Yellow card.svg Flag of Germany.svgPer Mertesacker Flag of Germany.svgChristoph Metzelder Flag of Germany.svgPhilipp Lahm
Flag of Germany.svgBernd Schneider Flag of Germany.svgTorsten Frings Flag of Germany.svgMichael Ballack (C) Flag of Germany.svgBastien Schweinsteiger
Flag of Germany.svgMiroslav Klose Soccerball.jpg Flag of Germany.svgLukas Podolski 3′Yellow card.svg

Substitutes

  • 62′ David Odonkor 94′Yellow card.svg for Schneider
  • 74′ Tim Borowski for Schweinsteiger
  • 86′ Oliver Neuville for Klose

Coach: Juergen Klinsmann

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Argentina

Flag of Argentina.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Argentina.svgRoberto Abbondanzieri (GK)
Flag of Argentina.svgGabriel Heinze Flag of Argentina.svgFabricio Coloccini Flag of Argentina.svgRoberto Ayala Soccerball.jpg Flag of Argentina.svgJuan Sorin (C) 46′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Argentina.svgLuis Gonzalez Flag of Argentina.svgJavier Mascherano 60′Yellow card.svg Flag of Argentina.svgMaxi Rodriguez 88′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Argentina.svgJuan Riquelme
Flag of Argentina.svgHernan Crespo Flag of Argentina.svgCarlos Tevez

Substitutes

  • 71′ Leonardo Franco (GK) for Abbondanzieri
  • 72′ Esteban Cambiasso for Riquelme
  • 79′ Julio Cruz 95′Yellow card.svg for Crespo
  • unused Leandro Cufre 120′ Red card.svg

Coach: Jose Pekerman

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.

Officials

Flag of Slovakia.svg Referee: Lubos Michel Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Slovakia.svg Assistant referee: Roman Slysko

Flag of Slovakia.svg Assistant referee: Martin Balko

Flag of Switzerland.svg Fourth referee: Massimo Busacca

Flag of Switzerland.svg Fifth referee: Francesco Buragina

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Sources

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