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Del Piero denies Yugoslavia

Published: Sunday 13 October 2002, 0.37CET
Italy 1-1 Yugoslavia
Alessandro Del Piero's free-kick denies Yugoslavia in Naples.

Match statistics

ItalySerbia and Montenegro

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Sunday 13 October 2002, 0.37CET

Del Piero denies Yugoslavia

Italy 1-1 Yugoslavia
Alessandro Del Piero's free-kick denies Yugoslavia in Naples.

Yugoslavia frustrated Italy tonight to grab an important point on Italian soil and open their EURO 2004™ Group 9 qualifying campaign in positive fashion.

Bright start
The visiting side got off to an excellent start in Naples when Predrag Mijatovic scored 27 minutes into the game. Alessandro Nesta’s mistake in a tackle gave the ball to Mijatovic just outside the penalty area on the left and he ran at Gianluigi Buffon before bending the ball past the Italy goalkeeper, who had stayed on his line.

Del Piero hits back
Buffon's Juventus FC team-mate, the in-form Alessandro Del Piero, pulled Italy level eleven minutes later. Awarded a free-kick outside the penalty area on the left, Del Piero curled the ball towards the top left-hand corner. The ball hit the wall, took a deflection off Mijatovic and went into the top right-hand corner, leaving Dragoslav Jevric in the Yugoslavia goal stranded.

Buffon saviour
Italy briefly looked like they might take control of the match, but Yugoslavia came out stronger in the second half, forcing Buffon into a succession of spectacular saves. The result means Italy remain top of the group on four points, one more than Wales who they visit on Wednesday.

Attack-minded
After being criticised for playing too defensively at the FIFA World Cup and in their first EURO 2004™ qualifier against Azerbaijan, this match was billed as the comeback of attacking football for Italy. Coach Giovanni Trapattoni had selected his most offensive formation yet – a 4-3-1-2 set-up that closely mirrored the one currently used by AC Milan, but were unable to force a winner.

Closed down
“We didn't create space for ourselves to attack,” Trapattoni said. “They played well on the counterattack, they pressed us, and whenever we went forward we left spaces behind us.”

Last updated: 13/10/02 15.40CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
1
JevrićDragoslav Jevrić (GK)
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
2
MirkovićZoran Mirković
Substitution8
3
ZauriLuciano Zauri
Substitution80
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
4
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
4
VidićNemanja Vidić
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro (C)
5
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
6
NestaAlessandro Nesta
6
TrobokGoran Trobok
Yellow Card69
7
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Goal38
7
LazetićNikola Lazetić
Yellow Card36
8
DoniCristiano Doni
Substitution46
8
MijatovićPredrag Mijatović (C)
Goal27
Substitution65
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
10
StankovićDejan Stanković
10
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution78
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
11
TommasiDamiano Tommasi
Yellow Card78
18
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Yellow Card72
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
12
JilićDragan Jilić (GK)
15
OddoMassimo Oddo
Substitution80
9
MiloševićSavo Milošević
Substitution72
16
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Substitution78
13
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Substitution8
18
MontellaVincenzo Montella
Substitution46
14
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution65
13
AdaniDaniele Adani
15
KoromanOgnjen Koroman
14
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
16
StefanovicDejan Stefanovic
17
MarazzinaMassimo Marazzina
17
DmitrovićBoban Dmitrović

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Dejan Savićević (MNE)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP), Carlos Martin Nieto (ESP)

Fourth official

Alfonso Peréz Burrull (ESP)

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