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Azzurri hold out against ten-man Romania

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.12CET
Italy 2-0 Romania
First-half strikes from Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi sent the Azzurri through to the semi-finals as ten-man Romania's bold challenge ended.
Azzurri hold out against ten-man Romania
Italy's Francesco Totti takes the adulation after scoring the first goal against Romania ©Getty Images

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Goals scored2
 
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Yellow cards1
 
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Red cards0
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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.12CET

Azzurri hold out against ten-man Romania

Italy 2-0 Romania
First-half strikes from Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi sent the Azzurri through to the semi-finals as ten-man Romania's bold challenge ended.

Italy reached the UEFA European Championship semi-finals for the third time with a convincing victory over a depleted Romania team further handicapped by Gheorghe Hagi's dismissal in his last game for the country.

First-half strikes by Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi put the Azzurri in control and when Hagi was given his marching orders with less than an hour played, it was an open invitation to allow their opponents to do what they do best: play out for victory.

Both teams began nervously but it was Italy who fashioned the first chance when Demetrio Albertini, Totti and Stefano Fiore combined fluently on the left to set up Inzaghi, but the striker's first-time shot flew just wide. Romania were enjoying more possession but Italy's movement on the break was sharp and in the 27th minute they might have taken the lead. Totti found Inzaghi in space on the right and his cross was met on the half-volley by the unmarked Fiore; his effort was off target.

Moments later Miodrag Belodedici stopped Inzaghi in his tracks as he burst into the Romania area, but when an Italy corner was cleared only as far as Fiore on the edge of the area the Udinese Calcio man chipped in a delightful ball. Totti beat the offside trap and placed his shot carefully beyond Bogdan Stelea.

Hagi went agonisingly close to an equaliser, lobbing Francesco Toldo only for the ball to rebound off the post. As the game opened up Totti lifted one over the bar and the impressive Constantin Gâlcă volleyed a whisker wide for Romania. Then, two minutes before the break, Albertini threaded the ball through for Inzaghi to race clear and beat Stelea.

Shortly after the interval another Gâlcă effort cleared the bar and Hagi was booked for a foul on Antonio Conte. Romania brought on Ioan Ganea for Moldovan and the VfB Stuttgart forward might have scored from Dorinel Munteanu's pass had Gianluca Pessotto not come to Italy's rescue. Yet nothing could save Emeric Ienei's side when, on 59 minutes, Hagi was shown a second yellow card, this time for diving.

Hagi's illustrious international career therefore came to a sad end, though Romania would not go down without a fight. Munteanu fired just over, Liviu Ciobotariu's shot cannoned away off Gianluca Zambrotta on the goal line and Toldo dived bravely at the feet of Adrian Mutu. There were chances, too, for Italy as Inzaghi hit the foot of the post with only Stelea to beat and then pulled a second effort well wide.

Last updated: 11/01/12 11.34CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Romania

Romania

12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
12
SteleaBogdan Stelea (GK)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
Substitution46
3
CiobotariuLiviu Ciobotariu
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
Yellow Card38
4
FilipescuIulian Filipescu
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
5
GâlcăConstantin Gâlcă
Substitution68
8
ConteAntonio Conte
Substitution55
7
MutuAdrian Mutu
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal43
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
9
V MoldovanViorel Moldovan
Substitution54
15
IulianoMark Iuliano
10
HagiGheorghe Hagi (C)
Red/Yellow Card59
17
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
13
ChivuCristian Chivu
18
FioreStefano Fiore
14
PetreFlorentin Petre
20
TottiFrancesco Totti
Goal33
Substitution75
17
BelodediciMiodrag Belodedici

Substitutes

1
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
22
AntonioliFrancesco Antonioli (GK)
21
PruneaFlorian Prunea (GK)
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
15
LupescuIoan Lupescu
Substitution68
6
NegroPaolo Negro
18
I GaneaIoan Ganea
Substitution54
7
Di LivioAngelo Di Livio
16
RoşuLaurenţiu Roşu
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution75
19
LincarErik Lincar
11
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
Substitution46
20
HîldanCatalin Hîldan
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
Substitution55
16
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
19
MontellaVincenzo Montella
21
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio

Coach

Dino Zoff (ITA) Emeric Ienei (ROU)

Referee

Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Assistant referees

Jacques Poudevigne (FRA), Igor Sramka (SVK)

Fourth official

Anders Frisk (SWE)

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