Agony and ecstasy
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It was party time on the streets of Milan, as indeed in all the other cities of Italy, as the Italian football team stunned hosts Germany in Dortmund to ensure a place in the World Cup final.
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The Azzurris held off the German attack for 90 minutes and in the dying minutes of extra time proved why they are so deadly on the counter-attack, with swift strikes by Fabio Grosso and old warhorse Alessandro Del Piero.
The Germans have till date never beaten the Italians in a World Cup match, and their latest defeat comes in a stadium where they had never lost a match themselves. The Germans' record stands smashed, the Italians' intact.
Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images
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