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Defoe clinches victory for England against Italy

Published: Wednesday 15 August 2012, 23.00CET
England 2-1 Italy
Jermain Defoe came off the bench to score the winning goal 11 minutes from time in a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final.
Defoe clinches victory for England against Italy
Jermain Defoe (left) celebrates scoring the winning goal in England's 2-1 victory against Italy ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 15 August 2012, 23.00CET

Defoe clinches victory for England against Italy

England 2-1 Italy
Jermain Defoe came off the bench to score the winning goal 11 minutes from time in a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final.

Jermain Defoe scored the winning goal as England beat Italy 2-1 in Berne in a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final, which the Azzurri won on penalties after a goalless draw.

The first half was a tale of two corners with Italy's Daniele de Rossi opening the scoring from Alessandro Diamanti's delivery on the quarter-hour before Phil Jagielka met Frank Lampard's 27th-minute set-piece to equalise with his first international goal. Defoe came of the bench at half time and capped a lively performance with an excellent winner 11 minutes from time.

After a cagey opening, it was one of the survivors from Italy's run to the UEFA EURO 2012 final, De Rossi, who gave Cesare Prandelli's side the lead. The AS Roma midfielder shrugged off Michael Carrick to head Diamanti's 15th-minute corner past Jack Butland on his England debut.

England were tidy in possession but it was another corner that produced the equaliser as Everton FC defender Jagielka stooped to power Lampard's set-piece into the bottom left-hand corner. Lampard was involved again shortly before the break but his free-kick drifted narrowly over the crossbar.

The Azzurri came out firing in the second half with Mattia Destro testing the reflexes of substitute goalkeeper John Ruddy. Antonio Nocerino then found Federico Peluso with an incisive pass but the 28-year-old defender shot wide from a tight angle. England came back into the game and only Salvatore Sirigu's fine save prevented Peluso scoring an own goal after James Milner's cross caused havoc in the Italian defence.

In one passage of play 11 minutes from time, the outcome of the game was decided. Ryan Bertrand cleared off the line to prevent Roy Hodgson's men going behind and England counterattacked. Milner fed Jermain Defoe and the Tottenham Hotspur FC forward fired into the top right-hand corner to clinch victory for England.

Italy play Bulgaria in their opening 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B game on 7 September while England take on Moldova in Group H on the same day.

Last updated: 28/08/12 19.20CET

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Lineups

England

England

Italy

Italy

1
ButlandJack Butland (GK)
Substitution46
1
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
2
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
Goal28
Substitution62
2
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
3
BainesLeighton Baines
Substitution78
3
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
Substitution46
4
CahillGary Cahill
4
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution86
5
WalkerKyle Walker
5
AstoriDavide Astori
6
CarrickMichael Carrick
6
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Goal15
7
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution69
7
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution68
8
YoungAshley Young
Substitution62
8
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
9
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
9
DiamantiAlessandro Diamanti
Substitution59
10
CleverleyTom Cleverley
10
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Substitution58
11
CarrollAndy Carroll
Substitution46
11
DestroMattia Destro
Substitution82

Substitutes

12
RuddyJohn Ruddy (GK)
Substitution46
13
PelusoFederico Peluso
Substitution46
13
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution46
Goal80
14
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini
Substitution58
14
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution62
15
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Substitution59
15
LescottJoleon Lescott
Substitution62
16
PoliAndrea Poli
Substitution68
16
LivermoreJake Livermore
Substitution69
17
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
Substitution82
Yellow Card86
17
BertrandRyan Bertrand
Substitution78
18
SchelottoEzequiel Schelotto
Substitution86

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Sascha Kever (SUI)

Assistant referees

Raffael Zeder (SUI), Devis Dettamanti (SUI)

Fourth official

Alain Bieri (SUI)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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