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Dempsey condemns Italy to defeat

Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 22.55CET
Italy 0-1 United States
Clint Dempsey struck the only goal ten minutes into the second half as Cesare Prandelli's side suffered a third defeat in five friendly games.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Luigi Ferraris

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Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 22.55CET

Dempsey condemns Italy to defeat

Italy 0-1 United States
Clint Dempsey struck the only goal ten minutes into the second half as Cesare Prandelli's side suffered a third defeat in five friendly games.

Italy's preparations for UEFA EURO 2012 suffered a setback as Cesare Prandelli's experimental side were beaten by the United States for the first time.

Clint Dempsey's strike ten minutes into the second half proved the difference between as the hosts struggled to break down an obdurate American outfit. The 2006 FIFA World Cup winners have now suffered two successive defeats having also lost 2-1 to Uruguay in November.

Italy had got off to a promising start, with Tim Howard required to race out of goal and thwart Alessandro Matri and Sebastian Giovinco in the early stages. In the sixth minute the Everton FC goalkeeper also made a superb reflex save from Thiago Motta, who ghosted into the area after a lightning raid down the right flank by Christian Maggio.

Save for an 11th-minute attempt which Brek Shea dragged wide from the edge of the area, the United States threatened little. Jürgen Klinsmann's 4-1-4-1 formation frustrated the Azzurri, however, and the first half was marked only by sporadic touches of sublime skill from Giovinco, who tested Howard's handling midway through the opening period.

Domenico Criscito, on 37 minutes, and Motta, on the stroke of half-time, also tried their luck from range but Howard was equal to their efforts. At the other end, Gianluigi Buffon's hands were warmed by Dempsey's fierce free-kick.

The Americans took the lead against the run of play when Dempsey pounced on a lapse in the home defence. The Fulham FC man stepped in after Andrea Barzagli failed to control a long ball and angled a low 20-metre shot past Buffon.

Prandelli responded by throwing Giampaolo Pazzini and Fabio Borini into the fray and the two combined well to carve out a chance for the AS Roma striker, who was denied by Howard. Pazzini, meanwhile, headed over after being picked out by his former Atalanta BC youth team-mate Riccardo Montolivo.

Klinsmann's side found themselves forced further and further back and Howard again had to be at his best to keep out Ignazio Abate, as well as Borini, who cleverly worked space for a shot. Giorgio Chiellini headed over and Montolivo fired just wide in the final frantic throes, but the transatlantic tourists prevailed.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.36CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

USA

USA

BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
HowardTim Howard (GK)
MaggioChristian Maggio
Substitution71
BocanegraCarlos Bocanegra (C)
Yellow Card68
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
GoodsonClarence Goodson
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
JohnsonFabian Johnson
Substitution77
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
Substitution46
Shea                          Brek Shea
Substitution73
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution46
CherundoloSteven Cherundolo
PirloAndrea Pirlo
DempseyClint Dempsey
Goal55
Substitution90+3
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Substitution71
BradleyMichael Bradley
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Substitution58
EduMaurice Edu
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
AltidoreJozy Altidore
Substitution79
MatriAlessandro Matri
Substitution58
WilliamsDaniel Williams

Substitutes

ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Substitution46
Yellow Card66
KljestanSacha Kljestan
Substitution73
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution46
SpectorJonathan Spector
Substitution77
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution58
BoydTerrence Boyd
Substitution79
BoriniFabio Borini
Substitution58
BuddleEdson Buddle
Substitution90+3
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution71
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Substitution71

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Jürgen Klinsmann (GER)

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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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