Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Calais migrants crisis: risking death for a better life

Read more

THE DEBATE

Europe’s Blame Game: finger pointing continues as Calais migrant crisis worsens (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Europe’s Blame Game: finger pointing continues as Calais migrant crisis worsens (part 1)

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Gold prices: no longer a safe haven?

Read more

FOCUS

Secular bloggers live in fear after spate of killings

Read more

ENCORE!

The art of resistance, from Gaza to Lebanon via Timbuktu

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Close down Calais until the French get a grip'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Europe's new 'Iron Curtain'

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

US gun laws criticised after fresh shootings

Read more

Italy send Les Bleus packing

Latest update : 2008-06-18

France lost 2-0 to Italy and has been eliminated from the Euro 2008, while their opponents booked a ticket for the final eight. In the other "Group of Death" match, The Netherlands, already qualified, beat Romania 2-0.

Click here to see all results and comments from our Observers.


World champions Italy beat 2006 World Cup finalists France 2-0 here on Tuesday in their Euro 2008 Group C meeting to knock the French out of the competition while they progressed to the quarter-finals.
   
Andrea Pirlo converted a penalty in the 25th minute after Eric Abidal was penalised for a foul and sent off by referee Lubos Michel - Daniele de Rossi added a second from a freekick in the 62nd minute, which took a wicked deflection off Thierry Henry.
   
Romania's 2-0 defeat to group winners Holland in the other match ensured that the Italians reached the last eight, where they will play Group D winners Spain in Vienna on Sunday.
   
France finish bottom of the group.

Date created : 2008-06-17

COMMENT(S)