Friday, June 13, 2008

Italy still alive for final eight

Italy was able to salvage a 1-1 draw with a difficult Romania squad that is also battling for the round of eight. Once again the Azzurri were the victim of a curious offside call after Luca Toni scored on a header. Later Gianluigi Buffon saved this tournament for Italy when he stopped a penalty kick that he hit with his hand and deflected out of the goal area with his foot in one unbelievable motion.
Italy awaits another clarification
Depending on how you look at it, Italy is either very lucky to still be in it or they did what was required to remain in contention for that final spot.

In order for Italy to qualify, they will have to defeat France on Tuesday while Holland needs to defeat Romania. If Romania would defeat Holland, Italy would be eliminated regardless of their outcome against France.

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