Materazzi scores equalizer for Italy at World Cup final

Marco Materazzi headed home a corner from Andrea Pirlo to level the scoreline for Italy on 19 minutes at their World Cup final against France on Sunday.

The Inter Milan left-back atoned for giving away the 7th minute penalty, which gave France an earlier chance to open the scoring, jumping high to meet Pirlo's corner and powered home a header beyond French goalie Fabein Barthez for the equalizer.

Zinedine Zidane put France ahead earlier through a penalty kick after Florent Malouda went down in the box on the 6th minute.

France was given an early concern in the first minute as striker Thierry Henry lay prone in the center circle after running into Fabio Cannavaro. The sole striker of France returned to the field four minutes later.

Source: Xinhua

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