Italy's Cannavaro looking to get 100th cap
If Italy keep on winning, the Italian captain would win his 100th cap in the July 9 final.india Updated: Jul 01, 2006 18:47 IST
If Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro keeps playing this well, he could be making his 100th international appearance in the most special game of all.
Cannavaro made his 98th appearance on Saturday with a typically rugged and gifted defensive display to help Italy to a 3-0 win over Ukraine and a place in the World Cup semifinals against Germany.
If Italy keep on winning, he would win his 100th cap in the July 9 final.
Playing almost as an old-fashioned sweeper, Cannavaro's anticipation and vision made lauded Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko look sluggish.
Ukraine's other striker, Artem Milevskiy is 15 centimetres taller than Cannavaro but was still out-jumped by the Juventus player.
Cannavaro is such a defender that he has only scored once since making his debut in 1997. He has been captain since the 2002 World Cup and, at 32, is unlikely to be playing at the next tournament.
Cannavaro spent most of yesterday's game shadowing Shevchenko, who he has faced off against many times in Serie A during a career that has included spells with Napoli, Parma, Inter and Juve.
Shevchenko signed for Chelsea earlier this month after seven years at AC Milan.
Short and squat in a position dominated by the tallest players on the field, Cannavaro was even looking for a goal aganst Ukraine, jogging into the opposition penalty area at set pieces to try his luck.