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Italy pay penalty for Germany stalemate

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.05CET
Italy 0-0 Germany
The Azzurri's inability to take their chances, including an early penalty, against Germany's ten men prompted a sorry early exit from EURO '96.
Italy pay penalty for Germany stalemate
Andreas Köpke saved a penalty for Germany ©Getty Images

Match statistics

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Red cards0
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Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.05CET

Italy pay penalty for Germany stalemate

Italy 0-0 Germany
The Azzurri's inability to take their chances, including an early penalty, against Germany's ten men prompted a sorry early exit from EURO '96.

Italy exited the tournament in agonising fashion as Gianfranco Zola's early penalty miss denied Arrigo Sacchi's side the victory that would have taken them though to the quarter-finals.

In truth the Azzurri were up against it from the start, their surprise 2-1 defeat by the Czech Republic five days earlier meaning they had to better the result attained by Dušan Uhrin's men against Russia in the other final group match. That the Czechs salvaged a 3-3 draw with two minutes remaining of their match rendered Italy's goalless draw with Germany, and consequential elimination from EURO '96, all the harder to swallow.

Though facing redoubtable opponents in the form of the 1992 runners-up, Italy were up against a Germany side already through to the last eight, and indeed began the match much the better of the two sides. Only nine minutes had passed when Mattias Sammer's attempted clearance was charged down by Pierluigi Casiraghi and the S.S. Lazio striker was felled by Andreas Köpke.

But the Germany goalkeeper made amends for his error, second-guessing Zola's side-footed spot kick with a smart save to his left. The Germans created little thereafter, carving out just three chances of note, while Italy dominated possession and territory, especially after Thomas Strunz had been sent off for a foul with just under an hour gone.

The Azzurri might also have scored through Roberto Donadoni, who was also denied by the imperious Köpke, but even that spurned opportunity did not appear to matter. With five minutes left, news began to filter through from Anfield that Russia had rallied from 2-0 down to take the lead against the Czech Republic. If Russia and Italy clung on, Sacchi's side would be through to the quarter-finals – Vladimír Šmicer's 88th-minute equaliser in Liverpool blocked that route.

Last updated: 23/01/12 12.18CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Germany

Germany

1
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi
1
KöpkeAndreas Köpke
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
4
FreundSteffen Freund
4
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
Substitution76
5
HelmerThomas Helmer
5
CostacurtaAlessandro Costacurta
6
SammerMatthias Sammer
7
DonadoniRoberto Donadoni
7
MöllerAndreas Möller
Substitution89
8
MussiRoberto Mussi
9
BobicFredi Bobic
10
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
10
HässlerThomas Hässler
16
Di MatteoRoberto Di Matteo
Substitution67
17
ZiegeChristian Ziege
17
FuserDiego Fuser
Substitution81
18
KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann (C)
18
CasiraghiPierluigi Casiraghi
Yellow Card18
19
StrunzThomas Strunz
Red Card59
21
ZolaGianfranco Zola
21
EiltsDieter Eilts

Substitutes

6
NestaAlessandro Nesta
3
BodeMarco Bode
Substitution89
9
TorricelliMoreno Torricelli
Substitution76
8
SchollMehmet Scholl
11
D. BaggioDino Baggio
11
KuntzStefan Kuntz
12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo
12
KahnOliver Kahn
13
RossittoFabio Rossitto
16
SchneiderRené Schneider
14
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
20
BierhoffOliver Bierhoff
15
Di LivioAngelo Di Livio
Substitution81
22
ReckOliver Reck
19
ChiesaEnrico Chiesa
Substitution67
20
RavanelliFabrizio Ravanelli
22
BucciLuca Bucci

Coach

Arrigo Sacchi (ITA) Berti Vogts (GER)

Referee

Guy Goethals (BEL)

Assistant referees

Marc Van Den Broeck (BEL), Stany Op De Beeck (BEL)

Fourth official

Michel Piraux (BEL)

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