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Instinctive Casiraghi helps Italy sink Russia

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.45CET
Italy 2-1 Russia
Two goals by Pierluigi Casiraghi and the influence of Roberto Donadoni gave Arrigo Sacchi's side the perfect start to their group campaign.
Instinctive Casiraghi helps Italy sink Russia
Italy's Pierluigi Casiraghi (left) comes under pressure from Russia's Igor Yanovski ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalyRussia

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.45CET

Instinctive Casiraghi helps Italy sink Russia

Italy 2-1 Russia
Two goals by Pierluigi Casiraghi and the influence of Roberto Donadoni gave Arrigo Sacchi's side the perfect start to their group campaign.

Italy got their tournament off to the perfect start as goals in either half by Pierluigi Casiraghi earned Arrigo Sacchi's charges their first, and indeed only, victory of what was to be a short-lived English adventure.

It took Casiraghi just five minutes to break the deadlock, following a mistake at the back by their Russian opponents. Midfielder Angelo di Livio picked up a poor clearance by Stanislav Cherchesov and played in the unmarked S.S. Lazio striker, who drove a first-time shot into the bottom corner. Russia, however, hit back midway through the first half when when Viktor Onopko teed up Valeri Karpin, whose shot was blocked, but Ilya Tsymbalar was on hand to tuck away the rebound.

Italy appeared rattled and struggled to rediscover their rhythm before the interval, but the appearance of Roberto Donadoni – still a class act – changed all that. Demetrio Albertini now had the help of a midfielder with experience and guile, and the Azzurri soon established their dominance, Gianfranco Zola's square pass producing another instant low finish from Casiraghi, who missed two further chances before going off injured.

With Paolo Maldini completely negating the threat of Russia's fleet-footed Everton FC winger Andrei Kanchelskis, Italy were in charge and but for substitute Fabrizio Ravanelli squandering two presentable goalscoring chances in the final minutes, would have won by a more comfortable margin. Indeed, they were misses that would prove costly in the eventual qualification reckoning.

Last updated: 19/01/12 18.03CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Russia

Russia

1
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi
12
CherchesovStanislav Cherchesov
2
ApolloniLuigi Apolloni
2
TetradzeOmari Tetradze
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
4
TsymbalarIlya Tsymbalar
Goal21
Substitution71
5
CostacurtaAlessandro Costacurta
5
KovtunYuri Kovtun
Yellow Card82
8
MussiRoberto Mussi
6
KarpinValeri Karpin
Substitution63
10
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
Yellow Card14
7
OnopkoViktor Onopko (C)
Yellow Card8
14
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution46
8
KanchelskisAndrei Kanchelskis
15
Di LivioAngelo Di Livio
Substitution62
9
KolyvanovIgor Kolyvanov
Yellow Card31
16
Di MatteoRoberto Di Matteo
10
MostovoiAleksandr Mostovoi
18
CasiraghiPierluigi Casiraghi
Goal5
Goal52
Substitution80
13
BushmanovEvgeni Bushmanov
Substitution46
21
ZolaGianfranco Zola
19
RadimovVladislav Radimov

Substitutes

4
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
1
KharineDmitri Kharine
6
NestaAlessandro Nesta
11
KiryakovSergei Kiryakov
Substitution63
7
DonadoniRoberto Donadoni
Substitution46
Yellow Card83
14
DobrovolskiIgor Dobrovolski
Substitution71
9
TorricelliMoreno Torricelli
15
ShalimovIgor Shalimov
11
D. BaggioDino Baggio
16
SimutenkovIgor Simutenkov
12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo
17
BeschastnykhVladimir Beschastnykh
13
RossittoFabio Rossitto
18
YanovskiIgor Yanovski
Substitution46
17
FuserDiego Fuser
Substitution62
20
GorlukovichSergei Gorlukovich
19
ChiesaEnrico Chiesa
21
KhokhlovDmitri Khokhlov
20
RavanelliFabrizio Ravanelli
Substitution80
22
OvchinnikovSergei Ovchinnikov
22
BucciLuca Bucci

Coach

Arrigo Sacchi (ITA) Oleg Romantsev (RUS)

Referee

Leslie William Mottram (SCO)

Assistant referees

Robert Orr (SCO), John Fleming (SCO)

Fourth official

Hugh Dallas (SCO)

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