In the first match of the group, the Azzurri were not bloody. With the two crushing goals of super striker Vieri, they easily defeated the new team Ecuador in the World Cup, showing the confidence and strength of the favorite to win the championship. There is no doubt that the Italian team's strength Refers to the Hercules Cup!
For Italian coach Trapattoni, the victory is just sprinkling water. The prestigious gold coach has almost won all the championships at the club level. From the day he took over the national team, what was his goal and everything. It's all without saying.
After winning the previous game with a four-four-two formation and a long-pass counterattack tactics, he, who has always used his troops steadily, naturally chose to continue.
The goalkeeper is still Buffon, and there is no change in the back line. The center-back combination of Nesta and Cannavaro, right-back Panucci, left-back captain Martini, in the midfield, the only adjustment is that Zanetti replaced His Inter Milan teammate Di Biagio started, and Tomasi partnered in the middle, with Doni and Zambrotta on the left and right flank. In the frontcourt, Totti was still slightly behind, and Vieri charged forward.
Although Doni's performance in the last game was poor and Maldini suffered minor injuries, Trapattoni chose to trust them. However, such a formation made him have to appease Inzaghi who continued to sit on the bench. , Di Biagio failed to start because of stiff neck.
尽管多尼在上一场比赛中的表现不佳，马尔蒂尼受到轻伤，但特拉帕托尼还是选择了信任他们。但是，这样的阵型使他不得不安抚因扎吉，后者继续坐在板凳上。 ，Di Biagio由于脖子僵硬而无法起动。
In addition, this is the 21st World Cup match of Paulo Maldini, tying the legendary German striker Uwe Schiller. If the Italian team gets to the end, he will be able to keep the game, and he will surpass the horse by then. Theus became the first player in World Cup history.
此外，这是保罗·马尔蒂尼（Paulo Maldini）参加的第21场世界杯比赛，与传奇的德国前锋乌韦·席勒（Uwe Schiller）并列。如果意大利队走到尽头，他将能够保持比赛状态，届时他将超越赛马。 Theus成为世界杯历史上第一位球员。
In this campaign, the Italian team can qualify early if they win, and if the Croatian team, which lost the first game, loses again, they have to pack their bags.
Therefore, for the Grid Corps, this is a battle of life and death that cannot be lost, as well as a battle of honor to defend the status of the last third runner-up.
In the first round of the group against Mexico, the Croatian team, led by a number of veterans, had a slow offensive and defensive rhythm and lacked energy to speak of. It was not surprising that the team finally lost, but the coach, who learned his lesson, today Boldly change the move and replace the three starters.
In addition to Zivkovic, who was red in the last game, two famous and older stars, Suk and Prosinski were both taken.
Jozic understands that if his team wants to seize the last chance of life, today’s battle needs to rely on the physical fitness and speed of young people to work hard, but the peak is over, facing the retired Suk and Prosinski. He has more than enough energy and insufficient energy. He must abdicate and let the virtuous. At the same time, considering that the Italian team is the strongest in this group, he does not dare to advance too aggressively, changing into May 41, intending to prevent opposition and counter-revolution.
Obviously, Rapajic and Vugrinec are the surprise soldiers that Jorzic has high hopes for. Both of them have strong scoring ability and can step in at any time to support Boksic, and they are both They are the powerful players who have become famous in Serie A. They are all very familiar with Italian football, although they are only slightly younger than Suk and Prosinski when they are nearly 30 years old.
With the opening whistle, the two armies fought to one place!
The players on both sides are no strangers, so they didn't have any temptations. After only a few minutes of kick-off, they rushed to each other several times!
Who would have thought that when the game was at a standstill, the 22nd minute of the battle, there was an accident on the court!
When the referee Boll saw this, he blew his whistle to suspend the game, and the Italian team doctor Ferretti hurried into the field to check Nesta's injury.
It was only then discovered that Nesta's right toe was seriously injured. Although there was no fracture, the pain was severe, and it must be impossible to continue.
Trapattoni had no choice but to change his head. Nesta retired and Materazzi, who played for Inter Milan, hurriedly replaced the bench.
Without any psychological preparation, he ushered in his World Cup debut, Materazzi, inevitably a little nervous.
Nesta, as it did four years ago, was accidentally injured in the World Cup group stage.
This is almost like a curse.
With Nesta’s injury and departure, the direction of the game also ushered in a turning point. The Italian team lost the backbone of the defense. After the defense was forced to reorganize, there was a temporary panic. The Croatian team seized this rare fighter opportunity and pressed on. , Rushed fiercely, the offensive was very fierce!
Although Nesta’s injury left the Italian team passive in the first half, after the adjustment of the midfield, the Azzurri was back on track. At the beginning of the second half, they continued to attack, and as the team returned to normal, The striker Vieri will also show his power!
In the second half, just five minutes into the game, Duny made a pass from the left to make the ball with his right foot and hang the opponent diagonally!
Zambrotta clicked a pad before, Vieri followed up with a point, dived into the header and scored!
The Italian team, the first to score and make contributions, is Vieri again!
However, before Popo started celebrating, he saw the line referee raising the flag, offside first, and the goal was invalid!
Vieri knew that the goal was okay. Therefore, he was puzzled by the penalty and couldn't help but roar. However, the Danish lineman named Larsson still held the flag firmly in his eyes to remind The referee, the Italian is offside, offside, offside...
Therefore, England referee Boll not only ruled that Vieri's goal was invalid, but also showed a yellow card against him who came to protest!
There was a huge boo in the blue area of the stands. Just now, after Vieri scored the goal, even the Croatian players felt helpless and did not have any doubts. I am afraid that even the audience has already seen it at this time. This is an obvious misjudgment.
Five minutes later, the Azzurri, the offensive resumed, and Vieri rushed into the Croatian penalty area, and after taking off Captain Martini's long pass with his back, he knocked the ball back to Totti. The prince of Rome watched the six lanes and instantly The opponent's defense was found to be flawed, the outside of his right foot touched the ball, and he slinged to the right side of the penalty area to find his teammate Duny. Duny had the opportunity to catch up with the ball and pass it directly!
Before the ball hits the goal, Vieri finally caught the opportunity, pulling up the green onions in the dry land, leaping high, crushing Simunich, and leaning back to score a header!
1 to 0! The Italian team is still ahead!
There won't be any problems with such a goal!
This way of scoring a goal, a hard bridge and a hard horse, is beyond doubt!
Vieri, thus won the third individual goal of this World Cup!
And the twenty-nine-year-old national team rookie Donny who sent the assist to Vieri, he did nothing in the last game, and today finally responded to the harshness of the media against him and returned the head coach with practical actions. Trapattoni's trust in him!
Successfully taking the lead made Trapattoni on the sidelines feel a little relaxed. He sat back on the coach's bench and raised Erlang's legs. On the other side, Jozic frowned, and his heart was mixed: Could it be that the last third runner-up, Want to be out of the team in my hands? No, absolutely not!
After conceding a goal, Jozic immediately made adjustments. Last season, the Croatian League Golden Boot, 22-year-old striker Olic replaced Vugrinec. This was his World Cup debut and also Jozic wanted. The signal conveyed: We have no retreat, we can only fight hard!
Now that the coach has taken the attitude of a Jedi counterattack, the Croatian players on the field are also aroused in the chest!
They started to run and fight wildly. Although the score was behind and the opponent was very strong, the Croatian did not see the slightest discouragement!
In fact, Jozic’s rejuvenation of the lineup today did not have a bad effect. Moreover, after Nesta’s injury, the Italians’ defense was no longer impeccable. In the first half, the Croatian team had more opportunities, but they didn’t. If it can bear fruit, at this time, he sent a younger Olic to implement the idea of employing people to the end and continue to maintain offensive vitality. He firmly believes that this will definitely gain something!
On the other hand, the Italian team, after taking the lead, recovered as a whole, leaving only Vieri cruising in the frontcourt, switching to a proficient anti-reaction mode, tightening the fence in the backcourt, and waiting for opportunities to expand the results. However, on this blue line of defense, the first step Materazzi in the competition still has to pay some tuition.
In the 72nd minute, the Croatian team launched an attack. Nico Kovac was holding the ball on the right. Observing for a while, he suddenly shifted the ball to the left and found the front plug. Garni!
The Croatian captain, steadily unloaded the ball, faced the defending Panucci, calmly found the gap, and passed the ball with his left foot!
The ball hit the ground very fast, flew into the penalty area and landed in front of the goal. In this flash of light, Italian defender Materazzi was hesitant to act and failed to clear the siege in time. Olic behind him was caught in front of the goal line. The fleeting murderous intention, with the right foot lifted, the pad shot into the net!
1 to 1!
Croatia, equalize the score!
Olic, the young striker who made his World Cup debut, made contributions to the bench!
At such a critical moment, his goal made the Grid Corps once again see the hope of breaking through the group!