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Ukraine defeated by resolute Azzurri

Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.45CET
Ukraine 1-2 Italy Antonio Di Natale was the two-goal hero as Italy withstood intense pressure to claim three vital points.
Ukraine defeated by resolute Azzurri
Antonio Di Natale shows his delight after scoring for Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UkraineItaly

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners2
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.45CET

Ukraine defeated by resolute Azzurri

Ukraine 1-2 Italy Antonio Di Natale was the two-goal hero as Italy withstood intense pressure to claim three vital points.

Antonio Di Natale was the two-goal hero for Italy as the Azzurri claimed three vital points from their Group B qualifier in Ukraine.

Ukraine aggrieved
Roberto Donadoni's side were on the back foot for much of the encounter but Di Natale's double moved Italy above France and into second place in the table. Andriy Shevchenko was arguably the game's outstanding player, leading the home team forward and scoring an equaliser midway through the second half, but that was not enough to earn the point Ukraine felt they merited.

Headed opener
Shevchenko set the tone early on, firing a 25-metre free-kick against the crossbar with Gianluigi Buffon beaten. The striker continued to pose a threat, forcing Buffon into action from even further out as Ukraine went close to an opening goal, yet in typical fashion Italy took the lead with their first chance four minutes before the break. Andrea Pirlo lifted the ball to Di Natale who nodded in from close range.

Shevchenko menace
The forward had the next chance for Italy too, after Vincenzo Iaquinta led a three-on-one attack, but his header was too weak and Olexandr Shovkovskiy made an easy save. Shevchenko had not wasted all his energy in the first period and he continued to inspire the hosts' bid for an equaliser. He charged down Andrea Barzagli's clearance but could not guide the ball past Buffon with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Counterattack winner
It was only a matter of time before he did eventually break through and after 71 minutes he swivelled to sweep a loose ball past Buffon as the Italy defence failed to clear a corner. But with a rare counterattack, Di Natale struck the decisive blow with 13 minutes remaining. Massimo Ambrosini chipped the ball over the Ukraine rearguard to send Di Natale free and he maintained his composure to place the ball calmly into the net and secure the points.

Last updated: 13/09/07 10.24CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Italy

Italy

1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
3
KucherOlexandr Kucher
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro (C)
Yellow Card28
6
RusolAndriy Rusol
Yellow Card88
6
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
8
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
9
GusevOleh Gusev
Substitution88
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Substitution78
19
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Substitution60
13
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
17
GaiOlexiy Gai
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card47
Substitution68
18
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
Substitution69
15
IaquintaVincenzo Iaquinta
Substitution85
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko (C)
Goal71
11
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Goal41
Goal77

Substitutes

23
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
14
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Substitution60
22
OddoMassimo Oddo
Substitution78
13
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
3
GrossoFabio Grosso
14
RotanRuslan Rotan
10
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
20
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
Substitution69
4
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution68
Yellow Card90
22
GrytsayOlexandr Grytsay
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Substitution85
15
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy
Substitution88
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi

Coach

Oleh Blokhin (UKR) Roberto Donadoni (ITA)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Peter Kirkup (ENG), Philip Sharp (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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