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Assured Italy look home and dry after Belgium win

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.50CET
Italy 2-0 Belgium
Goals by Francesco Totti and Stefano Fiore all but assured the Azzurri a place in the UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-finals courtesy of this second group win.
Assured Italy look home and dry after Belgium win
Filippo Inzaghi (left) congratulates Italy goalscorer Stefano Fiore ©Bongarts

Match statistics

ItalyBelgium

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.50CET

Assured Italy look home and dry after Belgium win

Italy 2-0 Belgium
Goals by Francesco Totti and Stefano Fiore all but assured the Azzurri a place in the UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-finals courtesy of this second group win.

Italy virtually guaranteed themselves of a UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-final place with an efficient performance that said as much about their defensive solidity as their attacking prowess. Goals in either half by Francesco Totti and Stefano Fiore sealed a second successive group victory.

Though Totti struck after just six minutes, heading in Antonio Conte's pinpoint free-kick, Dino Zoff's side had to withstand a concerted assault on their goal. It was superbly protected by Francesco Toldo, before Fiori stole a breakaway goal midway through the second half.

The Azzurri began brightly and might have scored in the opening two minutes when Filip De Wilde raced out of goal to deny the onrushing Totti. Moments later the goalkeeper was forced into a double save from Paolo Maldini's fierce volley and Filippo Inzaghi's shot on the turn. The early pressure told on six minutes when Conte picked out Totti to nod in from close range.

Belgium countered in an instant, finding a spare man at the far post as the move swept down the right. The ball was fed back to Bart Goor, scorer of the first tournament goal in Saturday's 2-1 win against Sweden, but this time his drive was tipped on to the crossbar by Toldo.

It signalled the start of a barrage on Toldo's goal as Goor's athleticism, and the dynamism of Marc Wilmots and Yves Vanderhaeghe, helped Belgium dominate midfield. Shots rained in but Toldo was defiant, flinging himself at Wilmots' feet and turning Lorenzo Staelens' snap-shot wide.

His next save was even more spectacular, pushing away substitute Luc Nilis' free-kick. It seemed only a matter of time before Les Diables Rouges levelled, but Belgium unravelled on the counterattack, Fiore playing a one-two with Inzaghi to finish adroitly on 66 minutes.

Last updated: 05/01/12 23.36CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Belgium

Belgium

12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
De WildeFilip De Wilde (GK)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
2
DeflandreEric Deflandre
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
3
ValgaerenJoos Valgaeren
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
4
StaelensLorenzo Staelens (C)
8
ConteAntonio Conte
Yellow Card44
6
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution77
7
WilmotsMarc Wilmots
Yellow Card70
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
8
GoorBart Goor
15
IulianoMark Iuliano
9
Emile MpenzaEmile Mpenza
17
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Yellow Card47
10
StruparBranko Strupar
Substitution58
18
FioreStefano Fiore
Goal66
Substitution83
11
VerheyenGert Verheyen
Substitution67
20
TottiFrancesco Totti
Goal6
Substitution63
18
Van KerckhovenNico Van Kerckhoven
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
12
De VliegerGeert De Vlieger (GK)
22
AntonioliFrancesco Antonioli (GK)
13
HerpoelFrédéric Herpoel (GK)
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
5
ClementPhilippe Clement
6
NegroPaolo Negro
14
WalemJohan Walem
7
Di LivioAngelo Di Livio
15
Jacky PeetersJacky Peeters
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution63
16
NilisLuc Nilis
Substitution58
11
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
17
LéonardPhilippe Léonard
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
19
Van MeirEric Van Meir
16
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Substitution83
20
De BildeGilles De Bilde
19
MontellaVincenzo Montella
21
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
Substitution67
21
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio
Substitution77
22
HendrikxMarc Hendrikx
Substitution46

Coach

Dino Zoff (ITA) Robert Waseige (BEL)

Referee

José María Garcia-aranda Encinar (ESP)

Assistant referees

Carlos Martin Nieto (ESP), Ivan Borissov Lekov (BUL)

Fourth official

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

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