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Italy hold on to maintain pace

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2003, 22.47CET
Serbia and Montenegro 1-1 Italy A point keeps Italy top of Group 9 as the home team miss out.

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Serbia and MontenegroItaly

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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

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Published: Wednesday 10 September 2003, 22.47CET

Italy hold on to maintain pace

Serbia and Montenegro 1-1 Italy A point keeps Italy top of Group 9 as the home team miss out.

Italy missed the chance to gain automatic qualification to UEFA EURO 2004™, but remained in control of Group 9 after a 1-1 draw away to Serbia and Montenegro.

Home side go out
With Wales drawing 1-1 against Finland, Italy remain a point ahead with one game left. Although a late Saša Ilic equaliser denied them victory, they spent most of the game on the backfoot against an attacking Serbo-Montenegrin side, who cannot now qualify.

Suspended duo
Dejan Stankovic and Zvonimir Vukic were suspended for the home team, so Ilic and Predrag Djordjevic came into midfield, while Savo Milosevic replaced the injured Darko Kovacevic up front. For the Azzurri, defender Alessio Tacchinardi took the place of Cristiano Zanetti.

First chance
Serbia and Montenegro knew they needed a win, especially after Wales took an early lead against Finland, and started at a rate of knots, just as Italy had done in beating the Welsh 4-0 on Saturday. However, it was the Italians who had the first chance as Simone Perrotta's shot was saved by Dragoslav Jevric.

Cirkovic the danger man
The home team strived to get the ball wide, where Milivoje Cirkovic's crosses from the right were causing real problems. Mateja Kezman raced into the box to latch on to one such centre and shoot over on 16 minutes. However, six minutes later a goal came at the other end.

Inzaghi scores
The man on target was Filippo Inzaghi, scorer of a hat-trick against Wales. He ran on to Fabio Cannavaro's long free-kick, outmuscled Goran Gavrancic and slotted in. It was a shock to the home side, and although Kezman did have a header tipped over by Gianluigi Buffon, Italy held on comfortably until half-time.

Ljuboja chance
After the break, Serbia and Montenegro again pushed forward although the introduction of Gennaro Gattuso added steel to the Italian midfield. Danijel Ljuboja was sent on for Kezman to bolster the Serbo-Montenegrin attack, and headed fellow substitute Branko Boskovic's cross just wide.

Ilic levels
But with eight minutes left the deserved equaliser came as Boskovic's corner came to Milosevic, whose shot was cleared off the line but only as far as Ilic, who made no mistake.

'A brilliant game'
The home side could not score again and their turbulent campaign ended before their final trip to Wales. Their coach Ilja Petkovic said: "It was a brilliant game because we saw two great teams. But tonight we deserved to win and I am very unhappy. When you make about 15 chances and you miss 14 you cannot win, especially against Italy who have a very strong defence."

One step to go
Italy missed the chance to qualify automatically, but will be relieved with a point and now need only beat Azerbaijan at home on 11 October to reach Portugal. Coach Giovanni Trapattoni said: "We have only got one step to make it to Portugal and I believe we will win against Azerbaijan."

Last updated: 30/03/04 16.37CET

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Lineups

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

Italy

Italy

1
JevrićDragoslav Jevrić (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
2
ĆirkovićMilivoje Ćirković
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
Yellow Card78
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
Substitution70
3
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Yellow Card38
4
MladenovićDragan Mladenović
Yellow Card45
4
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
5
StefanovicDejan Stefanovic
Yellow Card64
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro (C)
6
GavrančićGoran Gavrančić
6
NestaAlessandro Nesta
7
IlićSaša Ilić
Goal82
7
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Yellow Card83
8
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution59
8
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
9
MiloševićSavo Milošević (C)
9
VieriChristian Vieri
Substitution79
10
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević
10
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal22
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
Yellow Card72
11
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Substitution52

Substitutes

12
JilićDragan Jilić (GK)
12
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
11
BoškovićBranko Bošković
Substitution70
15
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Substitution52
18
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Substitution59
16
FioreStefano Fiore
14
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević
18
CorradiBernardo Corradi
Substitution79
Yellow Card90
15
MarkovićSlobodan Marković
13
OddoMassimo Oddo
16
DuljajIgor Duljaj
14
LegrottaglieNicola Legrottaglie
17
BunjevčevićGoran Bunjevčević
20
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio

Coach

Ilja Petkovic (SRB) Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Henri Reuter (LUX), Francis Crelo (LUX)

Fourth official

Albert Toussaint (LUX)

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