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Govou downs world champions

Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 23.45CET
France 3-1 Italy
Sidney Govou's two goals helped France avenge their FIFA World Cup final defeat and left Italy in trouble.
Govou downs world champions
France's Sidney Govou celebrates scoring against Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceItaly

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners5
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 23.45CET

Govou downs world champions

France 3-1 Italy
Sidney Govou's two goals helped France avenge their FIFA World Cup final defeat and left Italy in trouble.

France gained a measure of revenge for their defeat in the FIFA World Cup final by beating Italy 3-1 in Paris. Fifty-nine days after losing out on penalties to the Azzurri in Berlin, Raymond Domenech's men secured an impressive victory through goals from Sidney Govou (2) and Thierry Henry.

Plenty to ponder
It means France sit joint-top of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group B with Scotland after two successive wins but for Italy coach Roberto Donadoni, there is plenty to ponder. This result leaves the world champions second bottom of the section with one point, taken from last weekend's disappointing home draw with Lithuania.

Volleyed opener
The hero for France was Govou, who, together with Olympique Lyonnais team-mate Grégory Coupet, was one of only two players in Les Bleus' starting XI who had not featured in the World Cup final. Govou needed just two minutes to make his mark, sending the ball flashing past Gianluigi Buffon with a fine far-post volley following a William Gallas cross.

Deflection off Cannavaro
France doubled their advantage in the 18th minute when Buffon blocked a Florent Malouda shot and Henry followed up to turn the ball in from a tight angle, via a deflection off Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro. Within two minutes, however, the Azzurri reduced the deficit, Alberto Gilardino heading past Coupet from Andrea Pirlo's free-kick into the box. It was a Pirlo set-piece that led to Marco Materazzi's goal in Berlin and while the big defender was suspended here – for his part in Zinedine Zidane's sending-off – Pirlo's dead-ball deliveries remained a threat throughout.

Coupet saves
It took some fine goalkeeping from Coupet to deny the Italians an equaliser midway through the first half as he tipped the ball to safety after Eric Abidal had turned a low cross towards his own goal under pressure from Franco Semioli. However, it was France who struck a decisive third goal on 55 minutes as Govou nodded past Buffon from a Willy Sagnol centre.

Gilardino booked
Govou was denied his hat-trick when Buffon got down to turn away his low drive while at the other end, Italy's attempts to get back into the match proved futile. Gilardino went down under a challenge from Coupet but received a yellow card for diving, and the keeper was equal to Cannavaro's strong header from another fine Pirlo ball. Italy may be world champions but memories of that July night are fading fast.

Last updated: 07/09/06 11.39CET

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Lineups

France

France

Italy

Italy

23
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
3
AbidalÉric Abidal
3
GrossoFabio Grosso
Yellow Card90+1
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira (C)
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro (C)
Yellow Card29
5
GallasWilliam Gallas
6
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
6
MakeleleClaude Makelele
7
SemioliFranco Semioli
Substitution54
7
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
9
GovouSidney Govou
Goal2
Goal57
Substitution75
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution73
12
HenryThierry Henry
Goal17
Yellow Card37
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal20
Yellow Card65
Substitution87
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
19
SagnolWilly Sagnol
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card44
22
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution88
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo

Substitutes

1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
12
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
11
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution75
4
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Substitution87
14
SahaLouis Saha
Substitution88
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution73
2
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
17
Di MicheleDavid Di Michele
Substitution54
13
ClercFrançois Clerc
13
DainelliDario Dainelli
17
GivetGaël Givet
15
DelvecchioGennaro Delvecchio
18
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
22
OddoMassimo Oddo

Coach

Raymond Domenech (FRA) Roberto Donadoni (ITA)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official

Florian Meyer (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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