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Italy earn final replay against Yugoslavia

Published: Thursday 2 October 2003, 9.35CET
Italy 1-1 Yugoslavia (aet)
Ten minutes from defeat in their home final, Italy forced a replay thanks to Angelo Domenghini's thumping second-half free-kick.
Italy earn final replay against Yugoslavia
Pietro Anastasi made his debut for Italy in the final ©Getty Images

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Published: Thursday 2 October 2003, 9.35CET

Italy earn final replay against Yugoslavia

Italy 1-1 Yugoslavia (aet)
Ten minutes from defeat in their home final, Italy forced a replay thanks to Angelo Domenghini's thumping second-half free-kick.

Seemingly destined for defeat, Italy struck late to earn a 1-1 draw and force a replay in their 1968 UEFA European Football Championship final against Yugoslavia.

Dragan Džajić, whose goal had eliminated world champions England in the last four, again appeared to have made the difference in Rome with the opener. The home team did not give in, however, and finally drew level thanks to Angelo Domenghini’s thumping second-half free-kick.

Injuries to Giancarlo Bercellino and Gianni Rivera had let in Aristide Guarneri, which did nothing to weaken the Azzurri defence, as well as Giovanni Lodetti, Rivera's lieutenant with AC Milan. Italy struggled as a result, Lodetti and Antonio Juliano receiving an impatient reaction from the home crowd for holding on to possession too long.

Vahidin Musemić and his two wingers caused the hosts no end of problems, while 19-year-old debutant Jovan Acimovic, in for the injured Ivica Osim, was no less skillful. Indeed, Acimovic typified the impressive composure displayed by a team as young as Yugoslavia. Their endeavour paid off when Džajić pushed Dobrivoje Trivic's pass across Ernesto Castano and Dino Zoff for the opening goal.

Twice he nearly added to Yugoslavia’s lead, though there was no lack of resilience needed to maintain the advantage. Things were looking increasingly concerning for Italy until Domenghini’s efforts were at last rewarded. After hitting a post in the semi-final, he did the same with a free-kick here but then got it right with another, crashing the ball to Ilija Pantelić's left in the Yugoslavian goal.

There was palpable relief in the stands which continued through extra time and until the referee called together the two captains, who would be forced to meet again in the replay two days later.

Last updated: 08/11/11 16.59CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

22
ZoffDino Zoff (GK)
1
PantelićIlija Pantelić (GK)
2
AnastasiPietro Anastasi
2
FazlagićMirsad Fazlagić (C)
5
BurgnichTarcisio Burgnich
3
DamjanovićMilan Damjanović
7
CastanoErnesto Castano
5
PaunovićBlagoje Paunović
9
DomenghiniAngelo Domenghini
Goal80
6
HolcerDragan Holcer
10
FacchettiGiacinto Facchetti (C)
7
PetkovićIlija Petković
11
FerriniGiorgio Ferrini
9
MusemićVahidin Musemić
12
GuarneriAristide Guarneri
11
DžajićDragan Džajić
Goal39
13
JulianoAntonio Juliano
15
PavlovićMiroslav Pavlović
14
LodettiGiovanni Lodetti
16
AćimovićJovan Aćimović
16
PratiPiero Prati
21
TrivićDobrivoje Trivić

Substitutes

1
AlbertosiEnrico Albertosi (GK)
12
VukčevićRadomir Vukčević (GK)
3
AnquillettiAngelo Anquilletti
4
Djordjević Borivoje Djordjević
4
BercellinoGiancarlo Bercellino
8
OsimIvica Osim
6
BulgarelliGiacomo Bulgarelli
10
BelinRudolf Belin
8
De SistiGiancarlo De Sisti
14
AleksićRajko Aleksić
15
MazzolaSandro Mazzola
17
RamljakMladen Ramljak
17
RivaLuigi Riva
18
MihajlovićLjubomir Mihajlović
18
RiveraGianni Rivera
19
BrzićIvan Brzić
19
RosatoRoberto Rosato
20
AntićBoško Antić
20
SalvadoreAlessandro Salvadore
22
HošićIdriz Hošić
21
VieriLido Vieri

Coach

Ferruccio Valcareggi (ITA) Rajko Mitic (SRB)

Referee

Gottfried Dienst (SUI)

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