MTV's World Cup Of Rock: Australia Vs. Italy

It's MTV's World Cup of Rock! The World Cup is the greatest sporting event on the planet, a super-sized stage where legends are born with every strike of the ball, where infamy is just a moment away and where the dreams of millions live or die by the minute. That's why, in the spirit of the 2010 MTV Musical March Madness competition, we've created "The World Cup (Of Rock)," a FIFA-style tournament that takes 16 of the biggest nations — rock-wise (sorry Algeria) — and pits them against one another to determine just which is the most rockingly awesome. Heavyweights like the U.S.A., England, France and Germany are all here, but so are a handful of surprisingly strong sleeper countries. As the Cup progresses, we'll be unveiling the match-ups, and it's up to you to vote your favorites through. In the end, only one nation will be left standing: the world champion of rock.

Brazil and Portugal have moved on in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with only Group H still up for grabs. Spain, Chile and Switzerland are all still alive, which means this afternoon's matches should be thrilling affairs. Meanwhile, the MTV World Cup of Rock marches into the weekend with an excellent head-to-head featuring two powerhouses looking to move on.

Australia vs. Italy

These two squads are more even than you think, as most of their major exports err on the side of hard rock. So let's boil this down to a one-on-one match-up. In Italy's corner, the searing savagery of Lacuna Coil. On the other side of the pitch, Australia fields king-sized heavy metal legends AC/DC. Who will be loud enough to conquer? Only you can decide!

Be sure to vote in all the games in the MTV World Cup of Rock! Which nation's stars rock the hardest and best? Only you can decide!