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Milan stalemate favours France

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.55CET
Italy 0-0 France Les Bleus maintained the edge in Group B after a Milan encounter in which the defences were on top.
Milan stalemate favours France
Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso (left) takes on Florent Malouda ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalyFrance

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners9
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.55CET

Milan stalemate favours France

Italy 0-0 France Les Bleus maintained the edge in Group B after a Milan encounter in which the defences were on top.

France maintain the edge in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group B after coming away from Italy with a goalless draw.

France top
Les Bleus had gained revenge for their 2006 FIFA World Cup final defeat with a 3-1 home win against the Azzurri last September, but in a tight game in Milan neither side emerged triumphant tonight. France are now one point clear of their visitors on Wednesday, Scotland, who have moved ahead of Italy by the same margin following their victory against Lithuania. Ukraine, where Italy play in midweek, are four further points behind.

No quarter given
These two evenly matched teams gave no quarter anywhere on the pitch, especially in midfield where Patrick Vieira and Gennaro Gattuso played with full commitment. It was not until the half-hour that there was a real chance at either end, as Alessandro Del Piero was denied by a Vieira sliding tackle and then shot at Mickaël Landreau after a one-two with Mauro Camoranesi.

Buffon saves
Del Piero soon turned provider for Filippo Inzaghi whose attempt from the byline brushed the top of the crossbar, while the flair of Franck Ribéry gave France an opening late in the first half as he jinked past Gianluca Zambrotta but was unable to produce a finish. Florent Malouda then tested Gianluigi Buffon with a powerful drive from 20 metres, yet the Italy goalkeeper made an equally fine stop.

Reflex stop
The second period began brightly with Camoranesi driving at Landreau from distance and Nicolas Anelka prompting an excellent reflex save from Buffon. Neither keeper looked like being beaten, though, and even when Buffon did fail to reach a long ball forward which Anelka headed goalwards, Fabio Cannavaro was in behind him providing cover.

Last updated: 09/09/07 18.06CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

France

France

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
22
OddoMassimo Oddo
21
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro (C)
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
6
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
17
EscudéJulien Escudé
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
3
AbidalÉric Abidal
10
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Yellow Card86
22
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution86
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Yellow Card31
6
MakeleleClaude Makelele
Yellow Card7
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira (C)
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Substitution58
7
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
7
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution83
12
HenryThierry Henry
Yellow Card56
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution65
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka

Substitutes

14
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
16
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
2
EvraPatrice Evra
3
GrossoFabio Grosso
8
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
Substitution86
15
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
10
GovouSidney Govou
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Substitution58
13
ClercFrançois Clerc
11
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Substitution83
14
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
26
LucarelliCristiano Lucarelli
Substitution65
20
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet

Coach

Roberto Donadoni (ITA) Pierre Mankowski (FRA)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Balko (SVK)

Fourth official

Pavel Olšiak (SVK)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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