The match was contested between Italy and France. Italy won the World Cup after beating France 5—3 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1—1 draw at the conclusion of extra time. The match had been surrounded mostly around France's Zinedine Zidane and Italy's Marco Materazzi : this was the last match for the former for France, both were scorers in the final, and also embroiled in an incident in extra time that led to Zidane's sending off after he headbutted Materazzi. The incident was the subject of much analysis following the match.
In response to the Soviet blockade of land routes into West Berlin, the United States begins a massive airlift of food, water, and medicine to the citizens of the besieged city. For nearly a year, supplies from American planes sustained the over 2 million people in West Berlin. On June 24, , the Soviet Union blocked all road and rail travel to and from West Berlin, which was located within the Soviet zone of occupation in Germany. The Soviet action was in response to the refusal of American and British officials to allow Russia more say in the economic future of Germany. The U. Instead, he ordered a massive airlift of supplies into West Berlin.