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Italy go down to ten-man Uruguay

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 23.25CET
Italy 0-1 Uruguay
Uruguay ended the game with ten men but the Copa América winners had already done enough thanks to Sebastián Fernández's early goal.
Italy go down to ten-man Uruguay
Uruguay celebrate their winner against Italy ©AFP

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Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 23.25CET

Italy go down to ten-man Uruguay

Italy 0-1 Uruguay
Uruguay ended the game with ten men but the Copa América winners had already done enough thanks to Sebastián Fernández's early goal.

Italy finished 2011 with a 1-0 defeat by Copa América winners Uruguay in a friendly game in Rome.

Uruguay took the lead after only three minutes when Málaga CF forward Sebastián Fernández turned the ball in with a swing of his right boot after a good run and precise low cross by Martín Cáceres from the right. Gianluigi Buffon, today drawing level with Dino Zoff on 112 caps, could only watch.

After conceding from Uruguay's very first attack, Italy reacted well and created some good chances to equalise. Fernando Muslera was forced to punch away a powerful shot by Mario Balotelli from outside the penalty area on 16 minutes, while Pablo Daniel Osvaldo headed an Andrea Pirlo corner narrowly wide ten minutes before half-time. Balotelli also had a low shot well saved by Muslera and headed over the bar from a good position just prior to the interval.

The Azzurri raised the tempo in the second half. Only a wonderful diving save by Muslera prevented substitute Simone Pepe from equalising when he met Christian Maggio's delivery from the right. The Galatasaray AŞ goalkeeper was again up to the task when he palmed wide a close-range shot by Federico Balzaretti.

Uruguay were reduced to ten men with ten minutes left, Álvaro Pereira the man dismissed, but they held firm to condemn Cesare Prandelli's team to defeat.

Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Balzaretti, De Rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio (Pazzini 82), Montolivo (Pepe 46); Osvaldo (Matri 64), Balotelli.

Uruguay: Muslera; Cáceres, Lugano (Coates 46), Godìn, Á Pereira, M Pereira (Scotti 90+2), Pérez (Eguren 51), Arevalo Rìos, C Rodríguez (González 83), Fernández (Alfaro 83), Cavani.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.36CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Uruguay

Uruguay

BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
Yellow Card86
MaggioChristian Maggio
LuganoDiego Lugano (C)
Yellow Card34
Substitution46
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Substitution90+3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Yellow Card90+5
Martín CáceresMartín Cáceres
Yellow Card23
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
GodínDiego Godín
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Yellow Card26
PirloAndrea Pirlo
PérezDiego Pérez
Substitution51
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution46
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution84
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Substitution82
ArévaloEgidio Arévalo
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Yellow Card50
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Yellow Card40
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution65
SebaSeba
Goal3
Substitution83

Substitutes

PepeSimone Pepe
Substitution46
CoatesSebastián Coates
Substitution46
MatriAlessandro Matri
Substitution65
ScottiAndrés Scotti
Substitution90+3
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution82
EgurenSebastián Eguren
Substitution51
GonzálezÁlvaro González
Substitution84
Alfaro                        Emiliano Alfaro
Substitution83

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Óscar Tabárez (URU)

Referee

Duarte Gomes (POR)

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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