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Belgium complete Italian job to reach final

Published: Saturday 4 October 2003, 10.40CET
Italy 0-0 Belgium
Belgium held their nerve in the lion's den of the Stadio Olimpico to finish top of their group and reach their first ever major final.
Belgium complete Italian job to reach final
Guy Thys' side reached the final ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalyBelgium

Goals scored0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:05 CET

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Published: Saturday 4 October 2003, 10.40CET

Belgium complete Italian job to reach final

Italy 0-0 Belgium
Belgium held their nerve in the lion's den of the Stadio Olimpico to finish top of their group and reach their first ever major final.

Belgium reached the 1980 UEFA European Football Championship final – their first ever major showpiece – thanks to a perfectly-executed goalless draw against Italy.

Knowing a point would be enough to put them through, Belgium coach Guy Thys left out Erwin Vandenbergh and packed his midfield. Every bit the collective unit they had been throughout the tournament, Thys' side once more showed admirable resolve to keep out an Italian attack which needed to score but rarely looked like doing so.

Belgium, for their part, made chances of their own on the break, Dino Zoff diving to save from Michel Renquin, Raymond Mommens and René Vandereycken. For the Azzurri, Francesco Graziani and Roberto Bettega combined to play in Franco Causio, but Jean-Marie Pfaff came out to make the block.

The Belgians, who kept their nerve in the lion's den of the Stadio Olimpico, were worthy finalists. For the hosts, home advantage had not proved as beneficial as hoped. As one headline put it, 'Italy out – and so are the knives'. Coach Enzo Bearzot, however, had broad shoulders and, luckily for Italy, he was still in charge for the next FIFA World Cup.

Last updated: 04/01/12 21.37CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Belgium

Belgium

1
ZoffDino Zoff (GK) (C)
1
PfaffJean-Marie Pfaff (GK)
2
GentileClaudio Gentile
2
GeretsEric Gerets
3
OrialiGabriele Oriali
Yellow Card0
Substitution46
3
MillecampsLuc Millecamps
4
BenettiRomeo Benetti
4
MeeuwsWalter Meeuws
Yellow Card0
5
CollovatiFulvio Collovati
5
RenquinMichel Renquin
6
ScireaGaetano Scirea
6
Van MoerWilfried Van Moer
Substitution48
7
CausioFranco Causio
Yellow Card0
7
VandereyckenRené Vandereycken
Yellow Card0
8
TardelliMarco Tardelli
8
CoolsJulien Cools (C)
9
GrazianiFrancesco Graziani
9
MommensRaymond Mommens
Substitution77
10
AntognoniGiancarlo Antognoni
Substitution35
10
Van Der ElstFrançois Van Der Elst
Yellow Card0
11
BettegaRoberto Bettega
11
CeulemansJan Ceulemans

Substitutes

12
BaresiGiuseppe Baresi
Substitution35
12
VerheyenRené Verheyen
Substitution48
13
AltobelliAlessandro Altobelli
Substitution46
13
VandenberghErwin Vandenbergh
Substitution77

Coach

Vincenzo Bearzot (ITA) Guy Thys (BEL)

Referee

Antonio José Garrido Da Silva (POR)

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