World Cup: Fireworks in Italy; people celebrating vistory

World Cup: Fireworks in Italy; people celebrating vistory
World Cup: Fireworks in Italy; people celebrating vistory

The win on penalties in Berlin has helped ease the pain of Italian soccer's current match-fixing scandal.

There were tears in Paris, particularly for retiring French legend Zinedine Zidane, who was sent off in the final.

He was shown a red card after headbutting Italian Marco Materazzi, with just 10 minutes left of extra time.

Italy went on to beat France 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out, after a 1-1 draw, the BBC reports.

It's the first world title for Azzurri in 24 years after they last lifted the trophy in 1982, though the Italian side entered Sunday's match with a formidable resume featuring three World Cup titles and five appearances in the final, according to Xinhua.