Itachi attacks Team 7 with the Fire Element: Great Fireball Technique. They manage to avoid the attack, and Kakashi fights Itachi. Itachi tries to catch him in a genjutsu, but discovers that he is only a shadow clone. After forcing Itachi to open up, Kakashi instructs Naruto to attack. Naruto then strikes Itachi with the Great Rasengan Sphere. Upon approaching the dead body, they discover that he was only a doppelganger, remotely controlled by Itachi, just as Kisame did in his fight with Team Gaya. Team 7 and Team Gai continue on to the Akatsuki’s lair. The Akatsuki had enough time to continue extracting Shukaku from Gaara’s body.