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Italy beat England to stay in hunt

Published: Saturday 4 October 2003, 10.50CET
England 0-1 Italy
Marco Tardelli scored the only goal as Italy ended England's hopes and set up a winner-takes-all game against Belgium.
Italy beat England to stay in hunt
Marco Tardelli scored the only goal ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 4 October 2003, 10.50CET

Italy beat England to stay in hunt

England 0-1 Italy
Marco Tardelli scored the only goal as Italy ended England's hopes and set up a winner-takes-all game against Belgium.

Marco Tardelli struck the only goal as Italy beat England 1-0 to set up a winner-takes-all encounter against Belgium.

Weak in attack during their opening goalless draw against Spain, Italy again took time to find their stride against England. Ron Greenwood's team looked the more likely scorers for much of the first half but, without Trevor Francis, lacked the firepower required to puncture one of the world's most astute back lines. Garry Birtles, earning only his second cap, was swallowed up without trace.

English heads were at least kept above water by Kevin Keegan, dredging up some of his famous energy. Exchanging passes with Ray Kennedy at high speed, he shot low just past the far post, then allowed a pass by Ray Wilkins to reach Kennedy, who hit the woodwork. In the last minute Keegan's overhead kick was saved by Dino Zoff, Kenny Sansom so nearly scoring from the rebound.

By then, though, Italy had finally found their own killer instinct in front of goal. Giancarlo Antognoni gave the ball to Claudio Gentile out on the left, Phil Neal mistimed his tackle, Francesco Graziani brushed him aside and put in a low cross which Tardelli drilled in from close range.

Italy protected their lead in typically no-nonsense fashion but knew that just a one-goal victory meant they now needed to defeat Belgium in order to reach the final. For England, there was only third place to aspire to.

Last updated: 04/01/12 21.39CET

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Lineups

England

England

Italy

Italy

1
ShiltonPeter Shilton (GK)
1
ZoffDino Zoff (GK) (C)
2
NealPhil Neal
2
GentileClaudio Gentile
3
SansomKenny Sansom
3
OrialiGabriele Oriali
4
ThompsonPhil Thompson
4
BenettiRomeo Benetti
Yellow Card0
5
WatsonDave Watson
5
CollovatiFulvio Collovati
6
WilkinsRay Wilkins
6
ScireaGaetano Scirea
7
KeeganKevin Keegan (C)
7
CausioFranco Causio
Substitution88
8
CoppellSteve Coppell
8
TardelliMarco Tardelli
Yellow Card0
Goal79
9
BirtlesGarry Birtles
Substitution75
9
GrazianiFrancesco Graziani
10
KennedyRay Kennedy
10
AntognoniGiancarlo Antognoni
11
WoodcockTony Woodcock
11
BettegaRoberto Bettega

Substitutes

12
MarinerPaul Mariner
Substitution75
12
BaresiGiuseppe Baresi
Substitution88

Coach

Ron Greenwood (ENG) Vincenzo Bearzot (ITA)

Referee

Nicolae Rainea (ROU)

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