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By the time those in the stadium had wrapped their heads around Zidane's red card, the penalty shootout was over and Italy were world champions.
The result was a shock. France, the team of Zidane, Desailly, Barthez, losing to rank newcomers?
Nathan Ake scored two minutes from time for the Netherlands to grab a 1-1 draw with hosts Italy in a friendly in Turin on Monday.
As far as Mario Balotelli is concerned, he doesn't have to be Italy's captain to be a role model.
France showed the full range of their attacking weapons as they continued their preparations for the World Cup in convincing fashion with a 3-1 win.
Anti-discrimination group FARE hails striker for his reaction to a racist banner displayed during Italy's 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia.
Balotelli, who is out of contract at the end of June and appears set to return to Serie A, marked his return to the Italy national team with a goal.
Italy head coach Roberto Mancini thought Mario Balotelli enjoyed a "good enough" return to life with the Azzurri as the striker scored in his return
Mario Balotelli returned to Italy duty with a bang following a four-year absence as his first-half goal set the tone for a 2-1 friendly victory.
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci says he has found a more mature Mario Balotelli since the striker was recalled by Roberto Mancini.
Roberto Mancini says Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his future plans to him and could even play again for Italy.
Former Juventus and Italy forward Vincenzo Iaquinta faces the prospect of a six-year prison term for his alleged involvement with the mafia.
Mario Balotelli is back in the Italy squad after receiving a summer call-up from Roberto Mancini, his former boss at Manchester City.
Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed he will leave Juventus after 17 years, with Saturday's Serie A fixture against Hellas Verona his last match for them.
Gianluigi Buffon's agent said the Italy and Juventus goalkeeper is one of a kind as he prepares to bring an end to his career.