There has never been a more dramatic ending to a World Cup game than the Germany-Italy clash in Dortmund in 2006.
The European giants had been locked in a titanic struggle for 119 minutes. Although there had been no goals, there had been chances galore. Gianluigi Buffon pulled off two world class saves from Bernd Schneider and Lukas Podoslki, while Italy also spurned a number of opportunities and hit the woodwork twice in extra time via Alberto Gilardino and Gianluca Zambrotta.
With the game seeming destined for penalties, the World Cup's unlikely hero Fabio Grosso curled home into the corner in the 119th minute that sparked off unforgettable scenes of joys for the Italians. Substitute Alessandro Del Piero then added a second a minute later as Italy progressed to the final where they overcame France on penalties.
In Image: Italian defender Fabio Grosso (2nd R) celebrates after scoring the winning penalty during the World Cup 2006 final football game Italy vs.France, 09 July 2006 at Berlin stadium.
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