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Late Del Piero winner sends Sweden home

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.01CET
Italy 2-1 Sweden
Despite resting eight players the Azzurri dashed Sweden's UEFA EURO 2000 hopes thanks to Alessandro Del Piero's late winner.
Late Del Piero winner sends Sweden home
Alessandro Del Piero fires in a last-gasp winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalySweden

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.01CET

Late Del Piero winner sends Sweden home

Italy 2-1 Sweden
Despite resting eight players the Azzurri dashed Sweden's UEFA EURO 2000 hopes thanks to Alessandro Del Piero's late winner.

Sweden gave their all in an attempt to salvage their UEFA EURO 2000 hopes but Italy, despite resting eight regulars, proved too strong.

Alessandro Del Piero sealed their exit in an absorbing finale set up when man-of-the-match Henrik Larsson cancelled out Luigi Di Biagio's opening strike. Kennet Andersson fired just over but time ran out for Sweden with two minutes left when Del Piero burst through to score with a wonderful drive into the top corner of the net.

Tommy Söderberg's side started positively and almost took a tenth-minute lead when Johan Mjallby headed Fredrik Ljungberg's corner past Francesco Toldo, only for Angelo Di Livio to clear off the line. Italy soon had another let-off as Ljungberg raced clean through before shooting wide with only Toldo to beat. The Azzurri rearguard was wobbling as Patrik Andersson's header from another corner flew over.

Sweden's forthright approach ran the risk of exposure to the counterattack, a threat highlighted by Vincenzo Montella, when he pounced on slack defending to lift his final effort over the bar. Italy lacked urgency but found a breakthrough when Di Biagio brilliantly glanced Del Piero's corner in at the near post.

The Azzurri continued to soak up the pressure and almost conceded when Alessandro Nesta was dispossessed by Larsson; he teed up Yksel Osmanovski, who was denied by Toldo. Another chance slipped by on 70 minutes when Larsson found Kennet Andersson at the far post only for Toldo to block.

Swedish persistence paid off six minutes later when Kennet Andersson threaded a ball through for Larsson and the tireless Celtic FC striker rounded the goalkeeper to clip in a deserved equaliser and set up for a thrilling finish. It was Del Piero, though, who had the final word.

Last updated: 05/01/12 23.16CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Sweden

Sweden

12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
HedmanMagnus Hedman (GK)
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
3
Patrik AnderssonPatrik Andersson (C)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
Substitution42
4
BjörklundJoachim Björklund
6
NegroPaolo Negro
7
MildHåkan Mild
7
Di LivioAngelo Di Livio
Substitution64
8
GustafssonTomas Gustafsson
Substitution75
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Goal88
9
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
11
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
13
SvenssonMagnus Svensson
Substitution52
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
Goal39
14
MellbergOlof Mellberg
15
IulianoMark Iuliano
Substitution46
17
MjällbyJohan Mjällby
Substitution56
16
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
18
OsmanovskiYksel Osmanovski
19
MontellaVincenzo Montella
20
LarssonHenrik Larsson
Goal77

Substitutes

1
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
12
KihlstedtMagnus Kihlstedt (GK)
22
AntonioliFrancesco Antonioli (GK)
22
AsperMattias Asper (GK)
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
2
NilssonRoland Nilsson
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
Substitution46
5
LucicTeddy Lucic
8
ConteAntonio Conte
6
SundgrenGary Sundgren
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
10
PetterssonJörgen Pettersson
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
Substitution42
11
AlexanderssonNiclas Alexandersson
Substitution52
17
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
15
AnderssonDaniel Andersson
Substitution56
18
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution64
16
Anders AnderssonAnders Andersson
20
TottiFrancesco Totti
19
AnderssonKennet Andersson
Substitution75
21
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio
21
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck

Coach

Dino Zoff (ITA) Tommy Söderberg (SWE)

Referee

Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Assistant referees

Jacques Poudevigne (FRA), Dramane Dante (MLI)

Fourth official

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

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