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Toni keeps Italy climbing

Published: Thursday 29 March 2007, 0.58CET
Italy 2-0 Scotland The world champions moved to within two points of the Group B summit thanks to Luca Toni's two goals.
Toni keeps Italy climbing
Luca Toni celebrates after putting Italy in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalyScotland

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
20
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 29 March 2007, 0.58CET

Toni keeps Italy climbing

Italy 2-0 Scotland The world champions moved to within two points of the Group B summit thanks to Luca Toni's two goals.

World champions Italy moved within two points of the Group B summit as Luca Toni's two goals earned them a deserved 2-0 win over Scotland in Bari.

Back on track
After taking just one point from their first two UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifiers, Roberto Donadoni's team have got back on track with three successive victories – this latest one against a Scotland side who started the day top of the section and ended it still level on 12 points with Ukraine and France.

Breakthrough
Italy had won all five previous home meetings with Scotland, and it took them only 12 minutes to make the breakthrough as Massimo Oddo sent a free-kick into the box and Toni got in front of Lee McCulloch and headed into the left-hand corner of the net. It was not as though Scotland had not been warned, Toni having sent a header sailing wide in the fifth minute.

Miller miss
Though Scotland began poorly, they recovered well after falling behind albeit without creating any clear-cut chances. Lee McCulloch fired a half-volley straight at Buffon and on the stroke of half-time, lone striker Kenny Miller narrowly failed to make a clean connection with a far-post header from Gary Naysmith's cross.

Di Natale denied
If Scotland went into the interval with cause for optimism, they were up against it once the action resumed. In the 49th minute Mauro Camoranesi sent Antonio Di Natale clean through down the inside-left channel but Craig Gordon made a fine one-handed save. Two minutes later Di Natale raced through again and the impressive Gordon denied him once more, this time sticking out his left foot to turn the ball away.

Blue wave
A blue wave kept rolling towards the Scotland goal, Toni nodding past the far post then driving a shot straight at Gordon. Finally, on 70 minutes, the ACF Fiorentina forward struck again, getting on the end of Camoranesi's right-wing cross with a header down and into the back of the net for his 12th international goal. Toni's double means Italy can look ahead to their June visits to Faroe Islands and Lithuania with renewed optimism, while the Faroes is also the next stop for Scotland, on 6 June.

Last updated: 29/03/07 12.22CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Scotland

Scotland

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
22
OddoMassimo Oddo
2
G. AlexanderGraham Alexander
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro (C)
3
NaysmithGary Naysmith
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
4
WeirDavid Weir
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
5
McManusStephen McManus
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
10
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
7
TealeGary Stewart Teale
Substitution66
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
8
HartleyPaul Hartley
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Substitution77
10
BrownScott Brown
Substitution86
17
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Substitution66
11
McCullochLee McCulloch
Substitution81
9
ToniLuca Toni
Goal12
Goal70
Substitution87
9
MillerKenny Miller

Substitutes

12
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
12
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
6
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
13
McNamaraJackie McNamara
4
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
14
PressleySteven Pressley
3
TonettoMax Tonetto
15
BoydKris Boyd
Substitution81
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution77
16
BeattieCraig Beattie
Substitution86
7
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution66
17
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution66
15
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Substitution87
18
DaillyChristian Dailly

Coach

Roberto Donadoni (ITA) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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