It was not a thing of beauty, but Italy obtained the result that was needed to avoid Brasil in the quarterfinal round. Cameroon played most of the match with 10 men; however, Emiliano Viviano stopped a penalty kick that might have changed the game.
"Playing three games in six days it is normal to drop off in the final, also given the heat." Gigi Casiraghi, Coach of the AzzurriniSource: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 13 August 2008.
"The public did the right thing to whistle, but we reached our objective." Gian Carlo Abete, President of the Italian FA.
Italy will play Belgium in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 1800 local time in Beijing.
Here are the bracket and fixtures courtesy of Wikipedia's Men's Olympic Football article:
|Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Gold / Silver Medal Match|
|Q1||Bronze Medal Match|
|Brazil||v||Cameroon||Shenyang Olympic Stadium, Shenyang|
|Italy||v||Belgium||Beijing Workers' Stadium, Beijing|
|Argentina||v||Netherlands||Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai|
|Nigeria||v||Côte d'Ivoire||Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, Qinhuangdao|
|Match 26 Winner||Match 29||Match 28 Winner||Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai|
|Match 25 Winner||Match 30||Match 27 Winner||Beijing Workers' Stadium, Beijing|
Bronze medal match
|Match 29 Loser||Match 31||Match 30 Loser||Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai|
Gold medal match
|Match 29 Winner||Match 32||Match 30 Winner||National Stadium, Beijing|