The Italtians played 2 of the 3 games with an extra man for at least a full half - massive advantage. As aresult, they avoid Brazil in the next round. I think they''ll run out of their lucky charms come the later rounds.
At least the Italian theatrics were kept to a minimum today and yes they did play well. Their performance against Ghana was one of the best in the tournament. Palying a man up in two games is still huge.
Cannavaro - Baros isn't a world class threat at 100% fit let alone 75%. So having him in his back pocket really is no big deal.
Regardless, Buffon and Cannavaro can practise their trade in the serie B next year