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Italy plotting strong finish against Northern Ireland

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET
With qualification for UEFA EURO 2012 already secured Italy will be looking to finish on a high as they entertain a Northern Ireland side who have failed to score in four matches against the Azzurri.
Italy plotting strong finish against Northern Ireland
Cesare Prandelli's side have already booked their place at UEFA EURO 2012 ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

ItalyNorthern Ireland

Goals scored20
 
9
Total attempts127
 
87
Attempts on target60
 
39
Attempts off target48
 
35
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners50
 
44
Offsides34
 
31
Yellow cards5
 
17
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed95
 
113
Fouls suffered106
 
95
 
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET

Italy plotting strong finish against Northern Ireland

With qualification for UEFA EURO 2012 already secured Italy will be looking to finish on a high as they entertain a Northern Ireland side who have failed to score in four matches against the Azzurri.

Italy know that a place at UEFA EURO 2012 already awaits them as winners of Group C as they take on Northern Ireland in their final game in the section.

• Italy dropped their only points in their first eight Group C games when they were held to a 0-0 draw in Belfast in the sides' last meeting on 8 October 2010, and Northern Ireland might have done better had David Healy or Steven Davis been able to convert presentable opportunities.

• Italy's record in eight games against Northern Ireland reads W5 D2 L1 (W5 D0 L0 at home).

• Prior to this campaign, the only competitive matches between the two rivals came in qualifying for the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Italy edged their first encounter 1-0 in Rome on 25 April 1957 but lost 2-1 in Belfast in the return fixture on 15 January 1958.

• In between those meetings, the teams contested a friendly in Northern Ireland on 4 December 1957, when the score ended 2-2.

• There have been four further friendly matches since then, all of them held in Italy and all producing wins for the home side; the most recent finished 3-0 to the Azzurri in Pisa on 6 June 2009.

• Somewhat ominously, Northern Ireland have not scored in their last four games against Italy, a run which stretches back to a 3-2 friendly loss in Bologna on 25 April 1961.

Last updated: 10/10/11 14.28CET

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