Italy wins World Cup

Italy won the World Cup in a penalty shootout, beating France 5-3 Sunday after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes.

David Trezeguet hit the crossbar with France's second spot kick to give Italy its fourth World Cup title, and Fabio Grosso made the deciding kick.

Andrea Pirlo, Marco Materazzi, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Del Piero also scored for Italy. Sylvain Wiltord, Eric Abidal and Willy Sagnol scored for France.

It was the first penalty shootout in a final since the 1994 World Cup. Brazil beat Italy 3-2 in that match.

Zinedine Zidane gave France the lead in the seventh minute with a penalty, and Materazzi equalized 12 minutes later.

France captain Zinedine Zidane was red-carded in the 110th minute of Sunday's World Cup final.

Zidane, who was playing the last soccer match of his career, headbutted Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the chest after the two exchanged words while walking down the field.

France and Italy were level at 1-1 in extra time.

Zidane previously said he would quit soccer after this tournament ended.

Earlier in Sunday's match, he gave France the lead with a seventh-minute penalty his 31st goal for France. It was also his third goal in the championship game of a World Cup. In 1998 his two headed goals helped France beat Brazil 3-0.

Eight years ago, Zidane was also red-carded in a match against Saudi Arabia. At this World Cup he collected two yellow cards and was suspended for France's third group match against Togo, reports AP.

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