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Italy continue fine form against Poland

Published: Friday 11 November 2011, 23.05CET
Poland 0-2 Italy
Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini secured victory for the visitors in the first international match at the new Municipal Stadium Wroclaw.
by Darek Kurowski
from Municipal Stadium Wroclaw
Italy continue fine form against Poland
Mario Balotelli takes the plaudits after opening the scoring for Italy against Poland ©Getty Images

International Matches

Published: Friday 11 November 2011, 23.05CET

Italy continue fine form against Poland

Poland 0-2 Italy
Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini secured victory for the visitors in the first international match at the new Municipal Stadium Wroclaw.

Goals from Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini gave Italy victory against UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts Poland in the first international match played at the new Municipal Stadium Wroclaw.

Before tonight Italy had won seven and drawn two of their ten fixtures in 2011 and after another victory will complete their year against Uruguay in Rome on Tuesday looking good for the finals. Poland, meanwhile, saw a useful five-match unbeaten run ended but can bounce back when Hungary come to Ponzan in midweek.

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda had described Italy as "a top-class team who are excellent when they keep the ball but do not like it when opponents put pressure on them". The home side thus looked to dominate possession from the off, but failed to created any clear-cut opportunities.

After the break, Balotelli gave Italy the lead with a delightful strike from 25 metres which looped over Wojciech Szczęsny and under the crossbar. Pazzini then doubled the advantage on the hour after Arkadiusz Głowacki failed to clear, leaving the FC Internazionale Milano forward with the simplest of finishes.

Moments later, Szczęsny had to be at his best to deny Alessandro Matri in a one-on-one as Cesare Prandelli's charges went in search of a third. Poland, though, passed up an even better opportunity to score, with Jakub Błaszczykowski having his penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon after Andrea Ranocchia had felled Robert Lewandowski.

Poland: Szczęsny, Piszczek, Głowacki, Perquis (Wasilewski 68), Wawrzyniak, Murawski (Dudka 80), Polanski (Matuszczyk 65), Błaszczykowski, Obraniak (Brożek 56), Peszko (A Mierzejewski 65), R Lewandowski.

Italy: Buffon, Abate, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Criscito (Ogbonna 77), De Rossi (Motta 46), Pirlo (Pepe 46), Marchisio (Matri 61), Montolivo (Nocerino 61), Pazzini (Aquilani 61), Balotelli.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.37CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Italy

Italy

SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
PerquisDamien Perquis
Substitution69
AbateIgnazio Abate
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
Substitution77
PolanskiEugen Polanski
Yellow Card54
Substitution65
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Substitution46
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution56
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution46
MurawskiRafał Murawski
Substitution80
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution62
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski (C)
Penalty84
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Substitution64
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution65
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Goal60
Substitution62
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Goal30

Substitutes

Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek
Substitution56
PepeSimone Pepe
Substitution46
MatuszczykAdam Matuszczyk
Substitution65
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Substitution46
MierzejewskiAdrian Mierzejewski
Substitution65
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution62
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Substitution69
MatriAlessandro Matri
Substitution62
DudkaDariusz Dudka
Substitution80
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution64
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
Substitution77

Coach

Franciszek Smuda (POL) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Legend:

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