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UPDATED: 08:24, June 23, 2006
Italian Materazzi named Man of the Match
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Italian defender Marco Materazzi was named Man of the Match in the Italy-Czech Republic Group E match at 2006 World Cup on Thursday.

Materazzi, who substituted injured Alessandro Nesta in the first half, headed a corner home in the 26th minute to gift Italy 1-0 lead over desperate Czechs.

The goal, the second shot and first shot on goal for Italy in the first half which witnessed the Czechs in domination, was certainly the turning point of the crucial duel in which the Czechs must win to ensure a berth in the last 16.

Materazzi got the award from the FIFA Technical Study Group.

Tall and tough, the Sicilian-born Materazzi was picked up by Perugia and then made a surprise move to Everton.

He later returned to Perugia and, as a penalty taker, scored an impressive 12 goals in the 2000/01 season. This prompted Inter to chase for the defender.

Materazzi, a Coppa Italia winner in 2005 and 2006, is the perfect understudy to Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro in the Italy squad.

He featured at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat by Croatia, and he also played at UEFA EURO 2004.

Source: Xinhua

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