2006 FIFA World Cup Official Film


2006

Documentary looking at the 18th edition of the World Cup, played in Germany. Italy lifted the trophy after defeating France in a penalty shoot-out.


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'Jurgen Klinsmann right on the edge of his technical area...'

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'..smack it in...!

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'My goodness me, will he smack it in?!'

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'And here they've gone again!'

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'Onside, 2-0!' 'It's brilliant!'

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And the winner is...

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Deutschland.

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The 9th of June 2006.

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After years of anticipation, Germany's moment.

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The World Cup has arrived.

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MAN OPENS WORLD CUP IN GERMAN

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32 teams are competing for football's ultimate prize.

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The FIFA World Cup is always unforgettable.

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The greatest players in the game have gathered,

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determined to make the tournament the pinnacle of their career.

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For 31 days, the entire planet will be gripped.

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"A time to make friends" is Germany's motto

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for the competition, and the host nation delivers on its promise.

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Fans from across the globe will join the party.

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In 64 matches, the players parade their talents in front of

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a combined crowd of more than 3,300,000 supporters.

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And those inside the grounds are just the fortunate few.

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Worldwide, over 26 billion people

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will share the experience on television.

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Football's universal language is simple to understand.

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The 18th FIFA World Cup was all about passion, drama and dreams.

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A new generation will enjoy the greatest show on Earth.

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HE BLOWS LOUDLY ON THE HORN

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STADIUM IS FILLED WITH NOISE

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Germany's pursuit of the Trophy begins against Costa Rica, and

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the first match in Group A gets the tournament off to a memorable start.

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GERMAN NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS: "Das Deutschlandlied"

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Munich is a fitting venue for the opening game.

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The city in which Franz Beckenbauer lifted the FIFA World Cup

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for West Germany in 1974.

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Not too much is expected of Jurgen Klinsmann's side.

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The Germans' recent results have been inconsistent.

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And their heavy defeat by Italy in a friendly still stings.

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Costa Rica believe they can cause a major upset.

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REFEREE'S WHISTLE

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But, with the home fans in a frenzy,

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and the players pumped up by adrenaline,

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Germany set a blistering pace.

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COMMENTATOR: It should be picked up down that left side by Lahm.

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Chances here, and the Costa Rica goalkeeper is beaten!

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Six minutes is all it's taken for the scoring to start.

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Germany's opener from an unlikely source, defender Philipp Lahm.

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But the excitement is far from over.

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COMMENTATOR: This is Costa Rica's opportunity.

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They look for an offside. There isn't one.

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Wanchope will equalise!

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INAUDIBLE

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The German response is emphatic.

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Their advantage restored by Miroslav Klose,

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a fine way to mark his 28th birthday.

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COMMENTATOR: Schweinsteiger rolls it for Frings.

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In the second half, Klose and Wanchope both score again,

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before Torsten Frings has the final say.

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A 4-2 victory.

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The opening match is everything Germany could have hoped for.

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And a warning to their future opponents.

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On the streets, the supporters are ecstatic.

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The style of their team's victory has confounded the critics,

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and set the tone for the tournament.

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World Cup fever is set to sweep the nation,

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and everyone wants to be part of it.

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYS OVER FOOTAGE

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Just keep smiling. Good luck.

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Ecuador and Poland make up the rest of the German's group.

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COMMENTATOR: Flicked on dangerously, it's a very good spell for Ecuador.

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Carlos Tenorio, with that deft header, gives Ecuador the lead.

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Here's Kaviedes. Onside.

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2-0!

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Delgado.

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Boosted by the fervent atmosphere on home soil,

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Germany could always find an extra gear.

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The side ends the group stage with three wins out of three.

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Miroslav Klose was already shaping up

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as one of the stars of the tournament.

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Four goals in the group make him a forward to be feared.

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In Group B, the favourites to progress are England

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and Sweden, spearheaded by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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But, against Paraguay in Frankfurt,

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the English performance is a disappointment.

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David Beckham's free kick teases a mistake from Carlos Gamarra

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after just three minutes. Enough to win the match,

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but England's only reason to smile in a lacklustre display.

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Against Trinidad and Tobago, the alarm bells are ringing

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with the score stuck stubbornly at 0-0,

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and the Caribbean nation causing problems.

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England are starting to despair

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until, with just seven minutes to go,

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Beckham's delivery makes the difference again.

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COMMENTATOR: Cushioned header to pick out Beckham.

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In towards Crouch!

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Peter Crouch!

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Gerrard, oh, yes!

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Trinidad and Tobago had proved tricky for Sweden too.

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A goalless draw opened the Scandinavians' campaign,

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and they left it late against Paraguay.

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COMMENTATOR: Here's the chance. And here is the goal, finally.

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Finally, Ljungberg scores.

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In the last round of Group B matches,

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Sweden face England in Cologne.

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The Swedes know a draw will see them through,

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while the English have already qualified

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but must avoid defeat to finish top of the group.

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The match is marred by a serious injury for England striker

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Michael Owen, who is forced out of the competition.

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A bitter blow.

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But English spirits are lifted in the 39th minute

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by a bolt from the blue.

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COMMENTATOR: Breaks here for Joe Cole.

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Oh, brilliant, just brilliant!

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England can't maintain their first-half momentum.

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After Marcus Allbeck's equaliser, they are relieved

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to see Steven Gerrard restore the lead with just five minutes left.

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But Sweden deserve a draw.

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COMMENTATOR: Edman takes the throw.

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Oh, they've all missed it.

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It's got in, it's 2-2!

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Both sides finished the night looking forward to the last 16.

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THEY SPEAK SPANISH

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In Group C, Argentina take their bow against Cote d'Ivoire.

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The Ivorians are seen as dangerous opponents

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even though it's their first appearance in the finals.

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Nonetheless, most observers expect the South Americans to hold sway.

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COMMENTATOR: Riquelme has it placed.

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Heinze is up there, Ayala's up there as well. Heinze almost got a touch.

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And then it's turned home by Crespo!

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Riquelme.

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Well-timed ball. Saviola.

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In the closing stages, Didier Drogba leaves his one and only mark

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on the competition. But there is no African comeback.

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La-la la-la la-la la!

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Under Marco van Basten, the Netherlands rekindled

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memories of the great teams of the past during qualifying.

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The Dutch were unbeaten, winning ten of their 12 games

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en route to the finals.

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In Germany, the good form continues.

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Maximum points against Serbia and Montenegro and Cote d'Ivoire

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mean the Netherlands are safely through with a game to spare.

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SHE SHOUTS OUT IN SPANISH

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On the same day in Gelsenkirchen, Argentina put on a show

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that will live long in the memory.

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TANGO-STYLE MUSIC PLAYS OVER FOOTAGE

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The 6-0 demolition of Serbia and Montenegro

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equals Argentina's record victory in the FIFA World Cup finals.

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COMMENTATOR: There's really good players.

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Tevez.

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Is this another goal? Of course it is!

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After this, it's no surprise that many are tipping

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the South Americans to take the crown.

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THEY CHANT

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The favourites in Group B are Portugal

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who will face Angola, Iran and Mexico.

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Mexico, Mexico, Mexico!

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Luiz Felipe Scolari's Portugal team

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contains largely the same group of players who finished runners-up

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in the European Championship two years earlier.

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And they now fully intend to go one better.

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COMMENTATOR: It's Deco! Oh, magnificent!

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Special goal from a special player.

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In the group stage, the Portuguese are simply unstoppable.

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COMMENTATOR: Maniche on target.

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Three successive victories, and they had the talent to unlock any team.

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COMMENTATOR: Luis Figo.

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Luis Figo, Pauleta!

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As Figo goes down, the referee says, penalty.

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REFEREE'S WHISTLE

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CROWD CHEERS

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A promising start for Portugal

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and their illustrious coach who steered Brazil to the title in 2002.

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Mexico also reached the knockout stage,

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largely thanks to their victory against Iran.

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A full five points behind the group winners,

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the Mexicans believe they can still improve.

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And will need to, with Argentina to come.

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THEY SING

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MC: And then we look to the statistics between Italy And Ghana.

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Group E.

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In Hanover, Italy open their challenge against the Ghanaians.

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Italian football is beset with problems.

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A match-fixing scandal in Serie A has cast a shadow over the country.

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The mood around the Azzurri is more black than sky blue.

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The fans are looking to the legendary Marcello Lippi

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to restore their faith in the game.

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The 58-year-old has been stressing the importance of team spirit.

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Andrea Pirlo will act as playmaker,

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his creativity essential because Francesco Totti's inclusion

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is a gamble after a season wrecked by injury.

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Four-times winners of the Africa Cup of Nations,

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Ghana are making their long-awaited first appearance

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at the FIFA World Cup.

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With the likes of Stephen Appiah, Sulley Muntari, and Michael Essien

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at the heart of the team, they promise to be a tough proposition.

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REFEREE'S WHISTLE

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The Azzurri defence stands firm

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to deny the Africans a successful debut.

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Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro

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remain one of the world's best defensive pairings,

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while the Italian midfield dominates throughout the first half.

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The reward, a perfect strike from Pirlo.

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COMMENTATOR: Unnoticed, and can drive it in for a sensational goal!

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYS OVER FOOTAGE

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Seven minutes from time, Pirlo turns provider,

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Sammy Kuffour blunders and the points are secure.

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Iaquinta. Kuffour slip. Iaquinta rounds the goalkeeper.

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2-0 and there's every reason to believe

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Marcello Lippi's men can go a long way.

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The defeat doesn't take the spring out of Ghana's step.

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Against the Czech Republic, they bounce straight back

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with a 2-0 win of their own, always on top

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after a second-minute goal.

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Appiah. An opening here for Ghana, who score early on.

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In the second set of games, the USA, who lost their opening match

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3-0 to the Czechs, now have to stop the Italians.

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The reaction to Italy's opening success was unbridled optimism.

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Perhaps too much optimism.

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Things start well enough for the Europeans.

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And he'll try and curl it away from the keeper.

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Brilliant goal!

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Alberto Gilardino's acrobatic header has Italy in front.

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But far from making sweet music after that,

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the Italians begin to strike all the wrong notes.

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Cristian Zaccardo's misjudgement is only the start.

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Just a minute later, Danieli de Rossi is sent off.

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Italy down to 10 men.

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But, lucky, the USA later have two players red carded.

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In the circumstances, Bruce Arena's side are satisfied

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with holding the Italians to a draw.

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All to play for in the final Group E games.

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In Hamburg, Italy face the Czech Republic.

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Both sides still in contention to qualify.

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And finishing top of the group will be important.

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The runners-up are likely to face a knockout encounter

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with the reigning champions, Brazil.

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Never a prospect to relish.

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Inspired by Pavel Nedved, the Czechs make the early running.

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The midfielder keeping his Juventus teammate Gianluigi Buffon busy.

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The Italians hold out, but there's a series setback to come.

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One of the rocks at the heart of their defence, Nesta, is in trouble.

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With just 17 minutes gone,

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his thigh injury poses a big problem for Lippi.

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It's time for the coach to call on Marco Materazzi.

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As backup for one of the most celebrated defensive partnerships

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in the game, the 32-year-old isn't expecting to play a major role.

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But the next three weeks will change his life.

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There's no way of knowing,

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as the defender prepares on the sidelines,

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that by the end of the tournament,

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he'll have savoured the highest highs and also become

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the most controversial figure of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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It takes just nine minutes for the giant defender to mark his arrival.

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Materazzi!

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He's only been on from the bench.

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Materazzi once finished a season as Perugia's leading scorer,

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helping to earn his move to Inter Milan,

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though the majority of those 12 goals came from the penalty spot.

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This is his first at international level.

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The header rocks the Czechs, who lose their way

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and lose a man before half-time.

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Jan Polak's dismissal hands Italy another advantage.

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But on the hour they go for the kill,

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as Lippi sends on Filippo Inzaghi,

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a player who can always sniff out a chance.

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His first opportunity goes begging.

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But Inzaghi is the type who will never let a miss

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affect his appetite or confidence.

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Three minutes from time, he's in the clear.

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It's Inzaghi who is through.

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Simone Barone keeps pace with the attacker,

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sensing his own opportunity to get on the score sheet.

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For a second, Inzaghi seems to consider passing,

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his hand gesture enough to put doubt in Petr Cech's mind.

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But anyone who knows Filippo would have guessed

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the ultimate outcome.

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Filippo Inzaghi...

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..has the beating of Petr Cech.

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Three golden points for Italy, who win the group

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and eliminate the Czech Republic.

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Joining them in the last 16 are Ghana, who add

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to their victory over the Czechs with a 2-1 success against the USA.

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Group F kicks off with a meeting between Australia and Japan.

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Guus Hiddink's side fall behind against Zico's team.

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But the Aussies are saved with six minutes left

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by substitute Tim Cahill.

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Australia score for the first time ever in the World Cup finals.

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It inspires an astonishing late turnaround,

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as the Australians go on to win 3-1.

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Cahill. It's his day.

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Australia's first World Cup adventure in 32 years

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is off to a fabulous start. And the Socceroos are bouncing.

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The match in Kaiserslautern is only the appetiser,

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attention quickly turns to Berlin.

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Mwah!

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Brazil!

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The first appearance of the Brazilians

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is always a moment to relish.

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On 13 June, in a stunning venue, the fans get their first glimpse

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of a side that can be every bit as spectacular.

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The world champions are in town.

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For all the famous faces,

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the outcome of Brazil's opening match is no foregone conclusion.

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Croatia didn't lose a game in qualifying -

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seven wins in those 10 matches are cause for optimism.

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A crowd of 72,000 expects exceptional entertainment.

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Brazil, though, find the match hard going.

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The Croats deny the holders the space to play

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their sparkling football and look dangerous themselves.

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Just as it seems the game will be goalless at half-time,

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a Brazilian icon steps up to the plate.

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Here comes another Brazilian move.

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It's Kaka.

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It's terrific!

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That 44th-minute goal is enough to clinch the points.

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Croatia, though, do avoid any more damage

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and create enough problems to inspire hope in all the sides

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who have their hearts set on taking the Brazilians' crown.

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Next, the champions face Australia,

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a side still bubbling from their remarkable game with Japan.

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Brazil assert their authority.

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Adriano.

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Goal for Brazil!

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This is more like the fans expected.

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The samba boys are finding their rhythm.

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The pace picks up against Japan.

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Ronaldo.

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It just had to be Ronaldo.

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13 goals now in the World Cup finals.

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4-1 the final score.

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The Brazilians progress ahead of Australia,

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the challenge finally in full swing.

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In Stuttgart, the French get under way.

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The 1998 champions were a huge flop at the last tournament,

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finishing bottom of their group.

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Raymond Domenech is the man charged with

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the responsibility of restoring the team's pride.

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And he's given the old guard a chance to redeem themselves.

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Zinedine Zidane retired from international football

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after the team's disappointing European Championship.

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But he reversed his decision a year later.

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He says this competition will now be his swansong.

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Switzerland provide the first obstacle.

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The Swiss drew twice with the French during qualifying

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and this match goes the same way.

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No matter how much Zidane attempts to dazzle,

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the side's killer instinct is missing.

0:28:570:29:00

The Swiss absorb every attack, the 90 minutes finished goalless.

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South Korea are the next opponents for France.

0:29:140:29:17

The Asians are fresh from a 2-1 win over Togo.

0:29:170:29:20

But they are soon trailing in Leipzig.

0:29:200:29:22

A touch and return by Wiltord,

0:29:220:29:24

whose shot will fall to Thierry Henry.

0:29:240:29:26

France fail to build on their advantage

0:29:350:29:38

and they pay the price with only nine minutes left.

0:29:380:29:41

Ji-sung Park's equaliser puts the French in deep trouble.

0:29:420:29:45

Their qualifying prospects hang by a thread.

0:29:450:29:48

And there's more bad news.

0:29:480:29:51

A jumpy Zidane concedes a pointless foul which brings a costly booking.

0:29:510:29:55

His second yellow card of the tournament means the France captain,

0:29:550:29:59

their most influential figure,

0:29:590:30:00

will now be banned for the decisive match against Togo.

0:30:000:30:04

Domenech's expression tells the story.

0:30:040:30:06

In stoppage time, Zidane is withdrawn.

0:30:060:30:09

It could be his last appearance in professional football.

0:30:110:30:14

A potentially depressing finale.

0:30:180:30:20

The scoreline stays 1-1.

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Switzerland and South Korea are bracketed together

0:30:360:30:39

at the top of the group after they both beat Togo.

0:30:390:30:42

The final day in Group D is terrifying for France.

0:30:440:30:47

Switzerland and South Korea have four points apiece,

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the French just two.

0:30:500:30:51

Only a win against Togo can carry them into the last 16,

0:30:510:30:55

and if the Swiss and Koreans draw in the other game,

0:30:550:30:58

even that may not be enough.

0:30:580:31:00

For almost an hour, France are frustrated.

0:31:130:31:16

The healthy winning margin they require

0:31:160:31:18

to guarantee progression seems a long way off.

0:31:180:31:21

The tension is palpable. But in the space of six minutes, relief.

0:31:210:31:25

Ribery.

0:31:260:31:27

Pulls it back here towards Vieira.

0:31:300:31:33

Vieira.

0:31:410:31:42

And Henry...

0:31:420:31:44

Two long-standing heroes to the rescue.

0:31:440:31:48

And another, Zidane, will grace the pitch again.

0:31:490:31:52

Switzerland see off South Korea 2-0 to finish top of the group.

0:31:550:32:00

In the last 16, France will have the harder match.

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THEY SING

0:32:120:32:15

Espana!

0:32:150:32:17

In Group H, Spain are favourites.

0:32:180:32:20

Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia complete the line-up.

0:32:200:32:24

First real chance for Spain.

0:32:240:32:26

And they follow it up with a goal.

0:32:260:32:29

The Spanish were unbeaten through qualifying

0:32:310:32:33

and boast some outstanding players.

0:32:330:32:36

They seem convinced this could finally be their year.

0:32:400:32:43

Torres!

0:32:430:32:45

Oh, what a strike!

0:32:450:32:47

Venomous attack.

0:32:530:32:55

They sprung forward with real purpose.

0:32:560:32:59

The Spaniards give nothing away. Three games - nine points.

0:33:050:33:09

Eight goals scored and just one conceded.

0:33:090:33:13

A nation which arrived in Germany

0:33:130:33:14

notorious for underachieving in major tournaments

0:33:140:33:17

is beginning to believe.

0:33:170:33:19

Ukraine are making their debut in the FIFA World Cup.

0:33:260:33:30

With Andriy Shevchenko leading the line,

0:33:380:33:40

there were always likely to be a threat.

0:33:400:33:42

The skipper leads his team to victory over Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

0:33:420:33:46

Ukraine's first foray into the finals

0:33:470:33:50

will last another few days at least.

0:33:500:33:52

And so into the last 16. The climax of the competition in Berlin

0:34:040:34:07

is still more than two weeks away.

0:34:070:34:09

But from now on, for the nations involved,

0:34:090:34:12

every match will feel like a final.

0:34:120:34:14

On 24 June in Munich, the knockout stage begins.

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Germany face Sweden,

0:34:230:34:24

and of course there's not a spare seat anywhere in the stadium.

0:34:240:34:28

Swept forward on a wave of excitement,

0:34:350:34:38

the host nation makes a dream start.

0:34:380:34:40

Munich erupts to the goal by Lukas Podolski.

0:34:400:34:44

Klose doesn't score,

0:34:440:34:47

but twice opens the way for his strike partner.

0:34:470:34:50

A cross here from Miroslav Klose.

0:34:520:34:54

Oh, it's a lovely little ball, and Podolski's got through.

0:34:560:35:00

Only 12 minutes after kick-off, the contest seems as good as over.

0:35:000:35:03

Before half-time, Sweden have defender Teddy Lucic sent off.

0:35:070:35:10

But the 10 men refuse to accept their fate

0:35:100:35:13

without putting up a fight.

0:35:130:35:15

In the 53rd minute, Henrik Larsson goes to ground,

0:35:160:35:19

a golden opportunity for the veteran.

0:35:190:35:21

Larsson is the loneliest man in the stadium.

0:35:260:35:29

Germany march on,

0:35:310:35:32

now firmly established as one of the favourites.

0:35:320:35:35

The team's progress has captured the imagination of the entire country.

0:35:350:35:39

Everybody wants a piece of the action.

0:35:390:35:41

The whole world is keen to see Argentina's next match.

0:35:460:35:49

Mexico may fear they will be swept away like Serbia and Montenegro,

0:35:490:35:52

though they do have one Argentine on their side,

0:35:520:35:55

coach Ricardo Lavolpe.

0:35:550:35:56

In theory, this should be a breeze for the South Americans.

0:35:560:36:01

They are in for a surprise.

0:36:030:36:05

A little flicked header

0:36:070:36:08

and it's in! Marquez.

0:36:080:36:11

Mexico defender Rafael Marquez opens the scoring

0:36:110:36:14

inside the first six minutes.

0:36:140:36:15

It's not an advantage the Mexicans enjoy for very long.

0:36:160:36:20

Find the space. Riquelme gets it over.

0:36:240:36:26

Oh, it's in, it's an own goal! It's an equaliser.

0:36:260:36:30

Jared Borgetti's attempt to clear is no help to his team,

0:36:330:36:36

though Hernan Crespo is happy to claim the credit.

0:36:360:36:40

The score is all square again with just 10 minutes played.

0:36:400:36:43

But it stays that way into extra time,

0:36:430:36:45

the match decided by a touch of genius.

0:36:450:36:47

All the way to the back edge of the penalty area to Rodriguez.

0:36:470:36:51

On the left foot.

0:36:540:36:56

What a goal!

0:36:560:36:57

What a strike!

0:36:570:36:59

The volley from Maxi Rodriguez

0:37:040:37:06

is one of the tournament's most memorable moments.

0:37:060:37:09

And it's timely for an Argentina team struggling to overcome

0:37:090:37:12

brave and resilient opponents.

0:37:120:37:15

Jose Pekerman's men squeeze into the quarterfinals.

0:37:150:37:18

When Ecuador and England meet in Stuttgart,

0:37:300:37:32

the match is equally tight.

0:37:320:37:34

Sven-Goran Eriksson's side are favourites, but they must rely

0:37:350:37:38

on the dead ball prowess of their talismanic captain to progress.

0:37:380:37:42

It is David Beckham.

0:37:460:37:48

And it's useful.

0:37:500:37:52

Beckham scores for England.

0:37:530:37:56

The 31-year-old in a familiar role as England's saviour.

0:38:030:38:07

Beckham becomes the nation's first player to score at three World Cups.

0:38:070:38:11

And for the second World Cup running,

0:38:130:38:15

England reach the last eight.

0:38:150:38:17

An enticing affair in Nuremberg. The Netherlands against Portugal.

0:38:230:38:27

Marco van Basten surprisingly dropped striker Ruud van Nistelrooy,

0:38:300:38:34

but Luiz Felipe Scolari starts with the full complement of big names.

0:38:340:38:38

Neither side will finish with all their stars.

0:38:390:38:42

The only goal comes after 22 minutes.

0:38:490:38:51

Deco.

0:38:510:38:52

Into Pauleta.

0:38:540:38:55

1-0 to Portugal.

0:38:570:38:59

And it's the man who scored the winner against the Netherlands

0:38:590:39:03

in the European Championship semifinal...

0:39:030:39:06

It's the highest point of a match

0:39:060:39:07

which becomes more notable for all the wrong reasons.

0:39:070:39:10

It's a heated encounter.

0:39:250:39:26

The spotlight falls on referee Valentin Ivanov,

0:39:370:39:41

who is forced to repeatedly take action.

0:39:410:39:43

16 bookings equals the World Cup record,

0:39:450:39:48

and four red cards, two for each team,

0:39:480:39:50

is a new low point in the competition's history.

0:39:500:39:53

Away from the storm on the sidelines,

0:39:580:40:00

Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Deco make peace.

0:40:000:40:03

One positive sporting image.

0:40:030:40:04

The sides finish with nine men apiece.

0:40:070:40:09

The Dutch suffer their first competitive defeat under Van Basten,

0:40:090:40:14

while the Portuguese look forward to facing England, the nation

0:40:140:40:17

they knocked out of the European Championship two years earlier.

0:40:170:40:20

Ukraine are relishing their first appearance

0:40:280:40:30

at the FIFA World Cup finals.

0:40:300:40:32

After getting through the group, every step forward is now a bonus.

0:40:320:40:36

The Swiss had their hearts set on a place in the quarterfinals

0:40:360:40:39

for the first time since 1954.

0:40:390:40:41

In 120 minutes, the teams can't be separated.

0:40:440:40:47

Penalties will decide who wins.

0:40:470:40:49

And he saved it.

0:40:530:40:55

Three misses.

0:40:550:40:56

It's Oleh Husyev's chance to make more history.

0:40:590:41:03

If they score this, they're through.

0:41:040:41:06

Husyev.

0:41:060:41:09

He's done it, they're through!

0:41:090:41:11

Ukraine are through to the last eight.

0:41:110:41:14

Switzerland hadn't conceded a goal in the entire tournament

0:41:140:41:17

before the shootout.

0:41:170:41:18

But they depart.

0:41:180:41:20

Ukraine's dream is still alive.

0:41:200:41:22

In the Fritz-Walter Stadium in Kaiserslautern,

0:41:310:41:34

Australia face a stern test.

0:41:340:41:36

Italy are firm favourites, but Guus Hiddink got the better

0:41:400:41:43

of the Azzurri four years ago with South Korea.

0:41:430:41:46

He's one of the wisest men in the game.

0:41:460:41:49

The Australians need the performance of their lives

0:41:510:41:54

against an Italian team brimming with quality.

0:41:540:41:57

They settle quickly and are rarely seriously threatened.

0:41:570:42:00

Though Hiddink's men find it hard to make an impact themselves

0:42:000:42:03

against Italy's notoriously rugged defence.

0:42:030:42:05

Lippi's approach is adventurous.

0:42:050:42:08

Alessandro del Piero is included as part of a three-pronged attack.

0:42:080:42:13

Hiddink hopes to catch the Italians on the break.

0:42:130:42:15

And shortly after half-time his side receives a major boost.

0:42:150:42:19

Marco Materazzi is in the limelight again.

0:42:250:42:28

Not a hero this time, but a villain.

0:42:280:42:31

His lunge at Marco Bresciano

0:42:310:42:33

means the match has suddenly become a lot more complicated for Italy.

0:42:330:42:37

The coach is concerned. Now it's Australia who are setting the tempo.

0:42:410:42:45

Italian chances are few and far between.

0:42:460:42:49

But at the back they remain stubborn as ever.

0:42:580:43:00

Buffon and Cannavaro prove to be an impenetrable barrier.

0:43:000:43:03

With 15 minutes to go, Lippi plays his trump card.

0:43:050:43:08

Del Piero is withdrawn, replaced by the darling of the Roma fans,

0:43:080:43:12

Francesco Totti.

0:43:120:43:14

At his best, an inspirational figure.

0:43:140:43:17

Into injury time, and still the sides are deadlocked.

0:43:200:43:23

Totti.

0:43:270:43:28

Grosso.

0:43:320:43:34

And still Grosso. He's done brilliantly.

0:43:340:43:37

Play on, says the referee.

0:43:370:43:38

It's going to be a penalty kick for the Italians.

0:43:380:43:41

Fabio Grosso's inclusion in Italy's squad wasn't universally popular.

0:43:420:43:46

But the Palermo defender's surge into the box

0:43:460:43:48

has made the difference. He'll have plenty of admirers now.

0:43:480:43:51

95 minutes have elapsed.

0:44:080:44:10

Whatever happens, the next kick will be the last of normal time.

0:44:100:44:14

It's a moment made for the star who came off the bench.

0:44:140:44:17

Though Totti spent most of the season injured on the sidelines,

0:44:180:44:21

when his country needs him the most, he's ready.

0:44:210:44:25

Possibly not fully fit, but certainly fully focused.

0:44:250:44:28

He soaks up the pressure and steadies his nerve.

0:44:300:44:33

And Italy go through.

0:44:410:44:42

Totti is the name, Totti's done the Italian job for them.

0:44:440:44:48

And the three-times champions Italy have scrambled home.

0:44:530:44:56

Thanks to Francesco Totti's brilliantly struck penalty kick.

0:44:560:45:02

And that was the moment

0:45:020:45:03

that Italy continued their march towards the final.

0:45:030:45:07

And the Australian dream ended.

0:45:070:45:10

10-man Italy snatched their victory right at the death.

0:45:130:45:16

The performance not pretty, but the Azzurri's resilience shone through.

0:45:160:45:20

Antipodean hearts are broken as one of the powerhouses

0:45:230:45:26

of European football edges through to the final eight.

0:45:260:45:29

Another team hotly tipped for the title take to the field

0:45:360:45:40

for a fascinating showdown with Ghana,

0:45:400:45:42

an adversary not to be underestimated.

0:45:420:45:44

Carlos Alberto Parreira is taking nothing for granted.

0:45:440:45:48

Brazil include all of the fab four.

0:45:480:45:50

With Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano and Ronaldo in the same line-up,

0:45:500:45:54

it's as good as guaranteed that there will be goals.

0:45:540:45:57

The Africans keep the Brazilians at bay for less than five minutes.

0:45:590:46:03

They've played a very high line here. They're onside.

0:46:070:46:09

Ronaldo, is this the record?

0:46:090:46:11

It sure is.

0:46:110:46:13

The opener makes Ronaldo the most prolific forward

0:46:140:46:17

in the history of the competition.

0:46:170:46:20

On German soil, he surpasses the scoring record

0:46:200:46:22

set by the great Gerd Muller.

0:46:220:46:24

It's Ronaldo's 15th goal in his fourth World Cup tournament.

0:46:240:46:28

Ghana have their moments.

0:46:330:46:34

But the boys in yellow and blue are simply too strong.

0:46:340:46:37

At the moment they're stringing all these passes together

0:46:430:46:46

to try and emulate Argentina.

0:46:460:46:47

Is it going to be a great goal here? It is, you know.

0:46:470:46:50

This is going to be one of the great goals of the World Cup.

0:46:500:46:53

Ze Roberto gets the third to wrap up a comprehensive victory.

0:46:530:46:56

No mercy is shown to Ghana.

0:46:560:46:58

The World Champions have no intention of relinquishing their title.

0:47:010:47:05

FRENCH NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS

0:47:150:47:17

In Hanover, it's France against Spain.

0:47:200:47:22

Unimpressive in their group,

0:47:220:47:24

the French require substantial improvement

0:47:240:47:26

if they are to topple a team that have so far been superb.

0:47:260:47:29

Since Luis Aragones took charge after Euro 2004,

0:47:290:47:33

Spain haven't lost a single match, a run of 25 games.

0:47:330:47:36

This looks dangerous, back post.

0:47:470:47:49

Headed away and picked up by Xavi Alonso.

0:47:490:47:52

And the referee is going to give a penalty kick.

0:47:520:47:54

Handball, I think it was.

0:47:570:47:58

And the French are surrounding the referee, Rosetti, from Torino.

0:47:580:48:03

Pablo it was, and Lilian Thuram into the back of Pablo.

0:48:030:48:08

This will be a challenge for Raymond Domenech.

0:48:080:48:11

It is David Villa.

0:48:130:48:14

He scores! And Spain lead.

0:48:140:48:17

Spain are in front, but there's an hour still to play.

0:48:190:48:23

Zinedine Zidane is determined to make full use of his reprieve.

0:48:350:48:39

Having feared his international career had finished

0:48:390:48:42

in the group stage, the French maestro now appears

0:48:420:48:45

to be back to his bewitching best.

0:48:450:48:47

France take control of the match and deserve a goal.

0:48:490:48:52

It eventually comes from their brightest hope for the future.

0:48:530:48:57

Vieira.

0:48:570:48:58

It's opened up this time, he's on side here,

0:48:580:49:01

big, big chance for Ribery.

0:49:010:49:03

Must surely equalise.

0:49:030:49:05

France are level.

0:49:050:49:06

And it was a touch of genius from Ribery.

0:49:060:49:09

The scoreline all square at the break.

0:49:090:49:12

The second half is a tantalising prospect.

0:49:120:49:15

In a dangerous position, Zidane weighs up his options.

0:49:150:49:19

Extra time is looming. There are just seven minutes left.

0:49:190:49:22

The French have plenty forward as Zidane takes it.

0:49:250:49:28

He's away, and...

0:49:280:49:30

..Patrick Vieira may have won the match for France.

0:49:310:49:35

In stoppage time, Zidane still has the stamina

0:49:410:49:44

to win back the ball and spring into action.

0:49:440:49:47

The master of the midfield can put the result beyond doubt.

0:49:500:49:54

Zinedine Zidane...

0:49:570:49:58

3-1. The French are in the quarterfinals.

0:49:580:50:02

It's Zizou, and it's goodbye Spain, I'm afraid, again.

0:50:020:50:06

France complete the last eight line-up,

0:50:080:50:11

and their greatest player has the bit between his teeth.

0:50:110:50:14

The 2006 FIFA World Cup continues to get better and better.

0:50:200:50:24

Germany is captivated.

0:50:240:50:26

The atmosphere is red hot right across the country.

0:50:300:50:33

The fan parks are packed.

0:50:350:50:36

In total, 18 million people gather to watch

0:50:360:50:39

the most technically advanced coverage of a tournament there's ever been.

0:50:390:50:43

Pictures seen in 214 countries around the planet.

0:50:480:50:51

It's now just nine days before the trophy will be lifted in Berlin.

0:51:000:51:04

A clash between Germany and Argentina would be a worthy final.

0:51:050:51:09

But the two eminent footballing nations

0:51:090:51:11

must face each other in the final eight.

0:51:110:51:13

The backing of the home fans should be an advantage for the host nation,

0:51:130:51:17

but Argentina have strength in depth.

0:51:170:51:20

And the rising expectation can bring its own pressures.

0:51:200:51:22

It's bound to be a tense afternoon.

0:51:220:51:25

Four minutes into the second half, the Olympic Stadium is silenced.

0:51:400:51:44

Sorin's header... free header, it's in!

0:51:470:51:49

It's Ayala. And Argentina have the lead.

0:51:520:51:55

Jose Pekerman has built the team around Juan Roman Riquelme.

0:52:080:52:12

The playmaker is entrusted with the task

0:52:120:52:14

of dictating the tempo of the play.

0:52:140:52:16

In the 72nd minute, the coach decides to change his strategy -

0:52:240:52:28

to defend the advantage.

0:52:280:52:30

Riquelme comes off, replaced by Cambiasso.

0:52:300:52:33

One minute later, Maxi Rodriguez almost seals the victory.

0:52:350:52:39

But Pekerman's tactical switch has shifted the balance of power.

0:52:420:52:46

Argentina are sitting deeper

0:52:500:52:52

and losing their control of the midfield.

0:52:520:52:54

With only 10 minutes to go, the German pressure takes its toll.

0:52:580:53:02

Ballack.

0:53:050:53:06

Chips on here, they're level!

0:53:060:53:09

Germany's star of the group stage has delivered when it matters.

0:53:130:53:17

Miroslav Klose's fifth goal of the tournament, his most important yet.

0:53:170:53:21

With their energy ebbing away,

0:53:250:53:27

both teams bring fresh legs from the bench.

0:53:270:53:30

Argentina, to the surprise of many, leave Lionel Messi unused.

0:53:300:53:35

The two weary sides battle through 30 extra minutes.

0:53:400:53:43

Their destiny will be decided from the spot.

0:53:430:53:45

There are plenty in the ground who can't watch.

0:53:500:53:53

There are others who have no choice.

0:53:540:53:56

The Germans are making no mistakes.

0:54:120:54:14

Next up is Argentina's Roberto Ayala.

0:54:140:54:16

Advantage Germany.

0:54:220:54:23

The defender, so joyous after giving Argentina

0:54:260:54:29

they lead earlier in the match, is now plunged into despair.

0:54:290:54:32

By the finish, he's in good company.

0:54:380:54:40

Cambiasso.

0:54:430:54:44

He saves it, Germany are through!

0:54:450:54:48

Another save makes Jens Lehmann a national hero

0:54:500:54:53

and leaves Esteban Cambiasso close to tears.

0:54:530:54:56

In the aftermath, tempers flare.

0:54:580:55:00

It's an unsavoury finish.

0:55:030:55:05

The German Torsten Frings will be suspended as a result

0:55:050:55:08

and unable to play in the semifinal.

0:55:080:55:11

Next to make their bid for a semifinal berth

0:55:260:55:29

are Italy and Ukraine.

0:55:290:55:30

Finishing top of the group helped the Italians secure a match

0:55:330:55:37

with one of the less heralded teams in the tournament.

0:55:370:55:40

But, with Nesta still missing, and Materazzi suspended,

0:55:420:55:45

the Azzurri must rely on the inexperienced Andrea Barzagli at the back.

0:55:450:55:49

At the centre of the front line is Luca Toni,

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still awaiting his first goal.

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Ukraine pinned their hopes on a striker who knows all about

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the rigours of the Italian game.

0:56:020:56:04

Shevchenko is a legend in Milan.

0:56:040:56:05

It's Italy, though, who make the running,

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eager to establish an early foothold.

0:56:150:56:17

Here's a good run from Zambrotta.

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Oh, what a goal from Gianluca Zambrotta!

0:56:220:56:27

The perfect start.

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Zambrotta's seventh-minute strike means

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Ukraine must change their game plan.

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They push forward,

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only to find Italy once again refusing to be breached.

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Zaccardo's own goal in the USA match remains the only one

0:56:580:57:01

the Italians have conceded.

0:57:010:57:03

No opposing player can get the better of Buffon.

0:57:030:57:06

Totti now.

0:57:060:57:08

A useful ball in.

0:57:080:57:09

They've got their second!

0:57:090:57:11

And Luca Toni has flown in his first World Cup goal.

0:57:110:57:17

They're on their way to play Germany now, you would feel.

0:57:170:57:21

And on the counter-attack Lippi's team can be lethal.

0:57:210:57:24

And a run here from Zambrotta.

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It must be three.

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Unless he's offside. Is he?

0:57:310:57:32

Toni, having not got a goal in four games,

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has got two in less than 10 minutes.

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So, Luca Toni off the mark.

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With the shrewd guidance of their experienced coaching staff,

0:57:420:57:46

Italy are showing lots of potential.

0:57:460:57:48

Solid at the back, united as a team, and with nine goals now

0:57:480:57:52

shared between eight different players, the Azzurri seem sure

0:57:520:57:55

to give Germany a run for their money in four days' time.

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Ukraine had no answers.

0:57:580:58:00

Could the host nation be next to suffer?

0:58:000:58:02

In Gelsenkirchen,

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all the attention is for Portugal and England.

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In the last two major international tournaments,

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Luiz Felipe Scolari's tactics have proved too good for Sven-Goran Eriksson,

0:58:300:58:31

Luiz Felipe Scolari's tactics have proved too good for Sven-Goran Eriksson,

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while David Beckham against Cristiano Ronaldo

0:58:340:58:34

is a fascinating subplot amid the bigger picture.

0:58:370:58:39

The game doesn't take off. Figo tries to up the tempo.

0:58:410:58:44

Nothing changes.

0:58:480:58:49

In the second half, a worrying sign for England.

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Beckham is unable to continue.

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Six minutes after the restart,

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England have lost one of their key men.

0:59:060:59:08

There's more bad news to come. In many respects an even bigger loss.

0:59:160:59:20

The young Wayne Rooney can be brilliant, but also volatile.

0:59:200:59:24

A straight red card for treading on Ricardo Carvalho

0:59:240:59:28

leaves the English a man light.

0:59:280:59:30

Victory should be there for the taking, but Portugal discover

0:59:310:59:34

that adversity brings the best out of their opponents.

0:59:340:59:37

Against the odds, the game goes to penalties.

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England are unnerved by the sight of Ricardo.

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Two years earlier, in the European Championship,

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the keeper's agility in the shootout pushed the English to the brink.

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He even converted the winning spot kick himself.

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This time, the saves are enough.

1:00:061:00:08

The responsibility of taking Portugal into the last four

1:00:081:00:12

rests on the shoulders of a player who relishes the limelight.

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Cristiano Ronaldo can send Portugal

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to their first World Cup semifinal in 40 years.

1:00:181:00:22

Is the waiting over here for Portugal?

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It is.

1:00:301:00:31

Not since the days of Eusabio

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have the Portuguese enjoyed such a successful World Cup.

1:00:361:00:40

Memories of 1998 are stirred by the last of the quarterfinals.

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In that year at the Stade de France,

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Zidane destroyed Brazil to collect the trophy on his home turf.

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Many of the players know each other from their clubs

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and share a friendly word or two before the contest begins.

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These nations are the last two winners of the tournament

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and many of the players are still the same.

1:01:161:01:18

France have bounced back from an underwhelming start.

1:01:211:01:24

There were flashes of the old French flair in the victory over Spain

1:01:241:01:27

and signs the inspiration and conviction of the past are returning.

1:01:271:01:31

Brazil's supporters believe a sixth World Cup winning star

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will soon be embroidered onto the shirts.

1:01:361:01:38

And the champion's approach is as stylish as ever.

1:01:391:01:42

For all the flamboyance, there is no breakthrough,

1:01:561:01:58

and the Brazilian machine is brought crashing to earth.

1:01:581:02:02

These flashing feet belong to Zizou.

1:02:131:02:16

The captain is in full flow.

1:02:191:02:21

The South Americans are left chasing shadows

1:02:261:02:29

as Zidane rises to the occasion.

1:02:291:02:30

He's a joy to watch for all but the most ardent Brazil supporters.

1:02:321:02:36

The midfielder has turned the tables,

1:02:391:02:41

the Brazilians are being beaten at their own game.

1:02:411:02:44

Zidane's trickery lights up the night.

1:02:441:02:46

It will mean nothing if there's no end result.

1:02:571:03:00

France are getting closer.

1:03:001:03:02

12 minutes into the second half,

1:03:031:03:05

their driving force lines up another precision delivery.

1:03:051:03:09

Danger now. Here is a big, big chance. France have the lead!

1:03:121:03:16

Thierry Henry has stooped for the glory

1:03:161:03:20

and it's Brazil 0 France 1.

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The free kick is so accurate it could be laser guided.

1:03:311:03:35

Dida has no chance.

1:03:351:03:37

Brazil are stunned.

1:03:451:03:48

They try everything to turn the tide.

1:03:481:03:51

On come Adriano, Cicinho and Robinho.

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None of them make any impact.

1:03:541:03:56

Even the record-breaking Ronaldo's goal touch deserts him.

1:04:001:04:03

Another famous victory for France.

1:04:151:04:17

Brazil's first defeat in a World Cup game

1:04:171:04:20

since that match in Paris eight years ago.

1:04:201:04:23

It completes a clean sweep for the semifinals -

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all four teams that remain are from Europe.

1:04:261:04:29

As the final four prepare,

1:04:401:04:42

others can only reflect on their broken dreams.

1:04:421:04:45

Some of the most fancied challengers have fallen by the wayside.

1:04:491:04:53

In the space of the first three weeks the FIFA World Cup has

1:04:571:05:00

once again summoned up emotions that go beyond sport.

1:05:001:05:04

From sheer delight to absolute anguish.

1:05:051:05:09

As the competition reaches a crucial stage,

1:05:281:05:30

more will savour the taste of success.

1:05:301:05:33

Others, only the salty tang of their tears.

1:05:341:05:38

Those fortunate enough to be taking the next step to compete

1:05:411:05:44

for a place in the final have no way of knowing if they will win or lose.

1:05:441:05:49

But for every player still in the tournament,

1:05:521:05:55

the experience is guaranteed to be one they will never forget!

1:05:551:05:59

THEY CHANT: Jurgen Klinsmann, Jurgen Klinsmann!

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Dortmund provides the setting for the first semifinal.

1:06:171:06:21

Germany will face Italy.

1:06:211:06:22

It's a showdown that has produced epic matches in the past,

1:06:281:06:31

a fixture not to be missed!

1:06:311:06:33

Many of the Germans feel they're destined for the final, their final!

1:06:371:06:42

The stadium is dominated by the team's colours.

1:06:421:06:44

Jurgen Klinsmann appears calm, as you'd expect from a man

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who as a player won the trophy himself in 1990.

1:06:491:06:53

Klinsmann was a formidable forward, of course, and he's banking on

1:06:531:06:57

his frontline of Klose and Podolski to enjoy another fruitful evening.

1:06:571:07:01

Italy have only 5,000 inside the ground

1:07:061:07:09

but Lippi's team is not the sort to be intimidated.

1:07:091:07:12

The only change from the quarterfinal is

1:07:121:07:14

the return of Marco Materazzi.

1:07:141:07:16

Francesco Totti starts, with Del Piero on the bench.

1:07:161:07:20

The host nation has the support

1:07:501:07:52

but Italy create the clearest early chance.

1:07:521:07:55

The Germans now fully appreciate the size of their task.

1:07:581:08:02

As their nerves disappear,

1:08:041:08:06

the match begins to swing in the home side's favour.

1:08:061:08:09

Cannavaro marshalls the Italian defence.

1:08:091:08:12

Buffon is outstanding if anyone slips through.

1:08:121:08:16

With 16 minutes to go,

1:08:461:08:48

Italy re-shuffle in the search for a goal.

1:08:481:08:50

Alberto Gilardino replaces Luca Toni,

1:08:501:08:53

the match seems to be heading for extra time,

1:08:531:08:56

but late in the game Simone Perrotta breaks free.

1:08:561:08:59

Lehmann is quick to snuff out the danger.

1:09:011:09:03

There will be 30 more minutes.

1:09:051:09:07

Iaquinta replaces Camoranesi.

1:09:091:09:11

Klinsmann makes no more changes yet, keeping some energy in reserve.

1:09:111:09:15

Italy's tenacity is a sight to behold...

1:09:191:09:21

Gattuso a gladiator!

1:09:231:09:25

And there's guile to go with the guts. Pirlo can unpick any defence.

1:09:271:09:31

Wary, perhaps, of Germany's excellent record in

1:09:381:09:41

penalty shootouts, the Italians go for broke.

1:09:411:09:44

Gilardino couldn't be closer to ending the stalemate.

1:09:451:09:48

Zambrotta fires the next warning shot.

1:09:511:09:53

Germany are on the rack.

1:09:581:10:00

Lippi senses the time is right to turn the screw.

1:10:031:10:07

He opts to end the game with a three-man attack.

1:10:071:10:09

Alessandro Del Piero gets ready for the final push.

1:10:191:10:22

One of the country's post popular players, Del Piero has already

1:10:221:10:26

reached a personal milestone in 2006.

1:10:261:10:29

At the age of 32, he became all-time leading scorer

1:10:291:10:32

for Juventus in his 12th season with the club.

1:10:321:10:35

Winning the World Cup would surpass even that achievement.

1:10:351:10:39

The diminutive magician has the talent to change the game.

1:10:411:10:44

Germany play their last card. Klose has drawn a blank.

1:10:521:10:56

Oliver Neuville enters the fray.

1:10:561:10:58

Podolski stretches Buffon.

1:11:011:11:03

The ultimate winner remains anyone's guess.

1:11:031:11:06

29 minutes into extra-time, Italy are applying pressure.

1:11:061:11:11

And it's Del Piero with the corner.

1:11:111:11:14

Pirlo...

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It's a goal!

1:11:371:11:40

It's Grosso! Italy surely are through to Berlin!

1:11:401:11:45

Grosso's celebration reminiscent of Marco Tardelli

1:11:481:11:51

when he scored in the 1982 final against Germany.

1:11:511:11:54

Even Lippi looks flustered!

1:12:071:12:09

But it's not finished, Germany throw bodies forward.

1:12:091:12:13

Italy can counter-attack.

1:12:131:12:15

Cannavaro...the Azzurri are moments from glory!

1:12:161:12:20

Gilardino...

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Del Piero...

1:12:251:12:27

Berlin, here we come!

1:12:271:12:28

The tears will flow here in Dortmund from the German fans.

1:12:321:12:36

That devastating blow demonstrates to perfection Italy's strengths.

1:12:401:12:45

Powerful and indomitable in defence.

1:12:451:12:48

Cannavaro has the confidence and drive to carry the ball clear.

1:12:511:12:55

Totti sets the move in motion with an inch-perfect pass.

1:12:581:13:02

Gilardino uses his brain and holds up the play,

1:13:071:13:11

waiting for re-enforcements.

1:13:111:13:13

The reverse pass is exquisite,

1:13:131:13:16

to put Del Piero through with impeccable timing.

1:13:161:13:19

An ice-cool finish caps an outstanding incisive break.

1:13:201:13:25

From a panoramic perspective, the move can be appreciated even more.

1:13:281:13:32

On the right of the screen,

1:13:321:13:34

Del Piero is left trailing as Totti's pass frees Gilardino.

1:13:341:13:38

But his desire knows no bounds.

1:13:381:13:41

An 80-metre sprint and one touch later,

1:13:431:13:46

Del Piero has secured his place in World Cup history.

1:13:461:13:49

It's hard for the Germans to take.

1:13:531:13:55

Widely acknowledged as wonderful hosts,

1:13:551:13:57

they've been ejected from their own party.

1:13:571:13:59

In Munich, the second semifinal has a lot to live up to.

1:14:221:14:25

It's the turn of France and Portugal.

1:14:301:14:33

It's no surprise that Domenech should

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put his faith in the same 11 players who started against Brazil.

1:14:371:14:40

The Portuguese are on the threshold of a new experience,

1:14:471:14:49

desperate to improve on the nation's

1:14:491:14:51

previous semifinal appearance 40 years earlier,

1:14:511:14:54

when the team was eliminated by the eventual champions, England.

1:14:541:14:58

It's a scrappy start to the game.

1:15:031:15:05

The most creative players are denied the space to do any damage.

1:15:051:15:08

For the most part, the match becalmed in midfield.

1:15:111:15:14

The strikers are restricted to shooting from distance.

1:15:181:15:21

But, just past the half hour,

1:15:241:15:26

France find a chink in Portugal's armour.

1:15:261:15:28

Malouda...clever little touch...oh,

1:15:301:15:34

and the referee's going to give the spot kick!

1:15:341:15:37

Thierry Henry taken down.

1:15:371:15:40

The Portuguese can't defend it,

1:15:401:15:42

it's always a dangerous ploy.

1:15:421:15:45

Thierry Henry's excursion into the box ends badly for Ricardo Carvalho.

1:15:451:15:49

Zinedine Zidane steps up, confronted by Ricardo,

1:15:541:15:57

a keeper with a track record for miraculous saves.

1:15:571:16:00

And it's his World Cup at the moment, Zinedine Zidane!

1:16:131:16:16

The penalty is all that separates the sides at the finish.

1:16:291:16:32

France had clung doggedly to their lead.

1:16:321:16:35

Portugal fall at the last again,

1:16:351:16:37

as the French get set for their second final.

1:16:371:16:40

Will look for a shot in here, it's a thrilling shot,

1:16:491:16:53

it's a thrilling goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger!

1:16:531:16:58

In Stuttgart, German smiles are restored as Klinsmann's men

1:16:591:17:02

compete with Portugal for third place.

1:17:021:17:05

Does he ever? Does he ever?

1:17:071:17:10

Bastian Schweinsteiger, this is your night!

1:17:101:17:13

The reception is euphoric as Germany triumph 3-1.

1:17:181:17:22

It's a small consolation for a country which has

1:17:221:17:25

laid on an outstanding tournament.

1:17:251:17:27

The ninth of July 2006 is a red letter day.

1:17:571:17:57

The ninth of July 2006 is a red letter day.

1:17:591:18:02

The stage is set for the final act. 30 teams have gone, just two remain.

1:18:021:18:07

The most prestigious prize in football

1:18:111:18:14

is gleaming for the new champions.

1:18:141:18:16

Football is the world's most popular sport.

1:18:491:18:51

The latest figures gathered by FIFA estimate 250 million people

1:18:511:18:56

officially play the game in more than 200 countries.

1:18:561:19:00

Here are 22 men who grew up dreaming of this moment.

1:19:131:19:17

A match to decide which is the strongest side on the planet!

1:19:171:19:20

Both teams that emerge from the tunnel

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are unchanged from the semifinals.

1:19:311:19:33

The Azzurri boast three titles, Les Bleus just one.

1:19:331:19:37

France launch the first meaningful attack.

1:19:561:19:59

Henry's header releases Florent Malouda.

1:20:021:20:05

He's down, penalty!

1:20:081:20:09

Marco Materazzi tries to pull out of his tackle, but too late.

1:20:091:20:13

It's just seven minutes into the game,

1:20:171:20:19

too soon for nerves to have settled fully.

1:20:191:20:23

Zinedine Zidane appears to have ice running through his veins.

1:20:231:20:27

But Gigi Buffon has been the World Cup's best goalkeeper.

1:20:271:20:31

An intriguing confrontation between two exceptional players.

1:20:311:20:35

Zidane's penalty is astonishing,

1:20:481:20:50

the French captain supremely self-assured.

1:20:501:20:53

It's a new test for Italy,

1:21:031:21:05

the first time in the competition that they'd fallen behind.

1:21:051:21:08

In the 19th minute, the Italians seize their chance to strike back.

1:21:151:21:19

They trail by a goal...and they're level! It's Toni...

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It's the big fella from the back, Materazzi.

1:21:301:21:33

It's that man again. Materazzi,

1:21:431:21:45

a fringe player when the World Cup began,

1:21:451:21:48

just keeps on hogging the headlines.

1:21:481:21:50

Suddenly, France are in danger of being swept aside,

1:21:551:21:58

Luca Toni unlucky.

1:21:581:22:00

The French re-emerge for the second half with renewed vigour.

1:22:161:22:19

Their neat passing has Italy on the retreat.

1:22:191:22:22

Henry's close control causes panic.

1:22:281:22:31

As the clock moves towards 90 minutes,

1:22:401:22:43

clear-cut chances are hard to come by.

1:22:431:22:45

The players must dredge 30 more minutes

1:22:491:22:51

from their exhausted muscles.

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Extra time.

1:23:221:23:23

A path opens up for Franck Ribery.

1:23:391:23:41

His tiredness shows.

1:23:441:23:45

David Trezeguet takes his place.

1:23:451:23:48

In 1998, Zidane netted twice in the final as Brazil were vanquished.

1:23:561:24:00

Buffon prevents him from repeating the feat

1:24:101:24:13

with the save of his career.

1:24:131:24:14

Zidane's frustration is building.

1:24:181:24:20

In the last exchanges, with penalties looming,

1:24:341:24:37

words are exchanged between the France captain and Marco Materazzi.

1:24:371:24:41

Whatever is said, Zidane's reaction is extreme.

1:24:411:24:45

Fans around the world can barely believe what they're seeing.

1:25:071:25:11

An inglorious end to an incomparable career.

1:25:321:25:35

WHISTLE BLOWS

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France's loss is felt even more keenly

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as the match goes to a shoot-out.

1:25:591:26:01

Nerves of steel are required.

1:26:091:26:11

The penalty takers are chosen.

1:26:121:26:14

For the fifth penalty, Marcello Lippi has a plan.

1:26:261:26:29

He points to Fabio Grosso.

1:26:291:26:31

Despite the charged atmosphere,

1:26:311:26:33

the coach can still find the right words.

1:26:331:26:36

"Be calm - you are the last-minute man.

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"Yours will be the winning touch."

1:26:381:26:40

They've travelled many roads to arrive here.

1:27:051:27:07

They began their love affair with the ball

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almost as soon as they took their first steps.

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Day and night, they dreamed of glory.

1:27:171:27:19

They honed their skills in back-yards, streets and parks.

1:27:211:27:25

They never ceased to believe in themselves.

1:27:271:27:29

Now, they have one shot to make their greatest dream come true.

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CHEERING

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Trezeguet hits the bar.

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The rest of the spot-kicks are flawless.

1:29:031:29:05

Lippi's prophecy is about to be tested.

1:29:301:29:32

The ball which could win the World Cup is at the feet of Fabio Grosso.

1:29:401:29:44

CHEERING

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Italy, world champions for the fourth time.

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A tight-knit group.

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Above all, it's a victory for team spirit.

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An in-depth documentary looking back on the 18th edition of the World Cup, played in Germany. Italy lifted the trophy after defeating France in a penalty shoot-out, while England exited at the quarter-final stage.


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