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Ireland secure triumph against Italy

Published: Tuesday 7 June 2011, 22.37CET
Italy 0-2 Republic of Ireland
A superb strike by Keith Andrews and Simon Cox's late goal earned the Irish an impressive victory against Italy in Liege.
Ireland secure triumph against Italy
Keith Andrews (left) celebrates scoring for the Republic of Ireland against Italy ©Sportsfile

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Published: Tuesday 7 June 2011, 22.37CET

Ireland secure triumph against Italy

Italy 0-2 Republic of Ireland
A superb strike by Keith Andrews and Simon Cox's late goal earned the Irish an impressive victory against Italy in Liege.

Giovanni Trapattoni guided the Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 victory against his native Italy at the Maurice Dufrasne Stadium in Liege, Belgum.

In a game of few clear-cut chances it was Ireland who made the most of their opportunities. Keith Andrews gave them the lead, collecting a short lay-off from Stephen Hunt before burying a low drive past the outstretched Emiliano Viviano. With Italy pressing for an equaliser, Ireland broke away on the counterattack with Hunt squaring for Simon Cox to clinch victory.

Italy's best chance of the first half fell to Giampaolo Pazzini, but the FC Internazionale Milano forward shot wide from a tight angle. Cesare Prandelli's men came close again minutes later but David Forde was on hand to tip over Antonio Nocerino's thunderous long-range effort.

However, it was Ireland who took the lead on 36 minutes. Hunt rolling a free-kick into the path of Andrews who took one touch before smashing a low drive into the bottom left-hand corner for his second international goal. Ireland defended their lead resiliently before scoring again on the break as Hunt made a charging run down the left and teed up substitute Cox to tap in from close range.

Italy and Ireland return to UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying action on 2 September. The Azzurri, top of Group C, face the Faroe Islands and Ireland host Slovakia, the pair sharing the Group B lead with Russia.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.35CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Italy

Italy

FordeDavid Forde (GK)
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
St LedgerSean St Ledger
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
O'DeaDarren O'Dea
Substitution83
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
Substitution66
McShanePaul McShane
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
FoleyKevin Foley
Substitution60
CassaniMattia Cassani
ColemanSeamus Coleman
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution59
WardStephen Ward
Substitution90+3
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
HuntStephen Hunt
Yellow Card22
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
AndrewsKeith Andrews
Yellow Card30
Goal36
PirloAndrea Pirlo (C)
Substitution46
LongShane Long
Substitution60
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution46
KeoghAndrew Keogh
Substitution75
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution59

Substitutes

KellyStephen Kelly
Substitution83
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
Substitution66
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Substitution60
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Substitution59
CoxSimon Cox
Substitution60
Goal90
PalomboAngelo Palombo
Substitution46
TreacyKeith Treacy
Substitution75
MatriAlessandro Matri
Substitution46
DelaneyDamien Delaney
Substitution90+3
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution59

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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