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Stylish Russia sweep aside Italy in Zurich

Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 23.13CET
Italy 0-3 Russia 
Dick Advocaat's side will head into UEFA EURO 2012 on the back of an impressive victory thanks in part to a pair of goals from Roman Shirokov.
Stylish Russia sweep aside Italy in Zurich
Andrey Arshavin (left) celebrates with team-mates as Russia defeat Italy 3-0 ©AFP

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Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 23.13CET

Stylish Russia sweep aside Italy in Zurich

Italy 0-3 Russia 
Dick Advocaat's side will head into UEFA EURO 2012 on the back of an impressive victory thanks in part to a pair of goals from Roman Shirokov.

After two consecutive draws, Russia rounded off their UEFA EURO 2012 preparations with an impressive 3-0 win against Italy in Zurich.

Both teams fielded strong lineups with the finals, which start a week today, firmly on their minds. Russia's clinical edge was the difference, however, and a second-half strike from Aleksandr Kerzhakov, followed by two from Roman Shirokov, concluded a commanding performance.

If anyone expected a slow-paced encounter they were soon mistaken as Italy burst into life with some slick, stylish interplay. The Azzurri came forward at a blistering pace and their early intent almost conjured a breakthrough, only for Daniele De Rossi to stab Antonio Cassano's deft centre narrowly wide. 

Andrea Pirlo was proving a wily presence in midfield and his sumptuous chip set up Mario Balotelli moments later. The Manchester City FC forward looked set to find the net after an immaculate first touch, but his stinging half-volley was beaten away by the onrushing Vyacheslav Malafeev. 

Dick Advocaat's charges soon negotiated an intricate move of their own as Kerzhakov found the outside of a post with a left-footed volley, before Shirokov blazed over from close range.

Cesare Prandelli's side maintained their fluid approach after the break, although composure continued to elude them as Pirlo drove wide and Cassano inexplicably misfired from point-blank range. Russia wasted no time in punishing their opponents, breaking the deadlock on the hour. Shirokov received the ball inside the area and teed up Kerzhakov, who fired past substitute goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.

The provider turned goalscorer on 76 minutes, Shirokov latching on to De Sanctis's skewed clearance and rolling the ball into the empty net. The FC Zenit St Petersburg midfielder doubled his tally with a header two minutes from time. 

 
Last updated: 02/06/12 0.49CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Russia

Russia

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
Substitution46
1
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
Substitution46
2
MaggioChristian Maggio
2
NababkinKirill Nababkin
3
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
3
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
4
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
5
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
Substitution53
5
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Substitution87
6
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Substitution60
6
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
7
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution68
7
DenisovIgor Denisov
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
8
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Substitution85
9
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution60
9
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Yellow Card67
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution68
10
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Goal59
Substitution62
11
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Yellow Card68
11
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Goal75
Goal89

Substitutes

12
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
Substitution46
12
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
Substitution46
13
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
Substitution53
13
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Substitution62
Yellow Card71
14
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution60
14
KokorinAleksandr Kokorin
Substitution85
15
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Substitution60
15
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov
Substitution87
16
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Substitution68
17
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution68

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Dick Advocaat (NED)

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