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Pazzini fires Italy past Slovenia to finals

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.27CET
Italy 1-0 Slovenia
Substitute Giampaolo Pazzini's 85th-minute strike against Slovenia earned Italy a seventh win in eight Group C matches and secured their finals place.

Match statistics

ItalySlovenia

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
5
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target9
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
2
Offsides7
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
17
Fouls suffered15
 
10

Standings

Last updated: 15/11/2012 13:03 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.27CET

Pazzini fires Italy past Slovenia to finals

Italy 1-0 Slovenia
Substitute Giampaolo Pazzini's 85th-minute strike against Slovenia earned Italy a seventh win in eight Group C matches and secured their finals place.

A second 1-0 victory in five days proved enough for Italy to earn qualification for UEFA EURO 2012 with two Group C games to play, substitute Giampaolo Pazzini scoring the winner five minutes from time against Slovenia in Florence.

Cesare Prandelli had said before the game that he was dreaming of celebrating qualification at the home of his former club side ACF Fiorentina. But the Azzurri left it late to grant his wish with Pazzini, another former Fiorentina man, firing the ball under the bar after the Slovenia defence had failed to clear a cross by Claudio Marchisio from the right.

Italy, who have now not conceded for 599 minutes in the section, might have had a more comfortable evening had Giuseppe Rossi scored when breaking clear after 20 seconds. He eluded Slovenia's offside trap in racing on to Daniele De Rossi's long ball but Jasmin Handanovič turned away the striker's shot with his left foot.

With his cousin Samir suspended, the stand-in Slovenia goalkeeper was relieved to see a close-range header by Riccardo Montolivo finish just wide soon later. There was another close call after 18 minutes when Rossi, sent clear by Antonio Cassano's pass, fired a left-foot shot wide with only Handanovič to beat.

At the other end Dare Vršič tested Gianluigi Buffon from outside the penalty box but failed to angle his powerful shot sufficiently, allowing the Italy goalkeeper to punch it away. Buffon also had to turn away a curling Robert Koren effort but it was Italy who continued setting the pace and only a last-gasp sliding tackle by Boštjan Cesar prevented De Rossi from scoring from a Montolivo pass.

After struggling to break down the well-organised Slovenia defence at the start of the second half, Italy created three great opportunities to score in one minute. Andraž Kirm's goalline header foiled De Rossi, then Handanovič made a reflex save to keep out a close-range shot by the AS Roma midfielder before Rossi fired over on the volley. Just when it looked like the Azzurri might be frustrated, though, Pazzini had the last word and Prandelli can now start planning for Italy's fifth successive UEFA European Championship. Slovenia are in fourth, three points behind second-placed Serbia, who they meet in their only remaining game on 11 October hoping to still be in contention.

Last updated: 26/09/14 5.20CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
12
J. HandanovićJasmin Handanović (GK)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
Yellow Card64
5
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
4
ŠulerMarko Šuler
6
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
Yellow Card64
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar
Yellow Card85
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution61
8
KorenRobert Koren (C)
Yellow Card24
13
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Substitution46
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution56
15
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
16
CassaniMattia Cassani
13
JokićBojan Jokić
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution76
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
Substitution87
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
18
RadosavljevičAleksandar Radosavljevič
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
21
VršičDare Vršič
Substitution75

Substitutes

12
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
16
BelecVid Belec (GK)
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
6
B. IličBranko Ilič
7
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution61
Goal85
7
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Substitution75
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Substitution46
14
DedičZlatko Dedič
Substitution87
9
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Substitution76
19
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution56
Yellow Card90+2
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
22
M. MavričMatej Mavrič
23
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
23
MatavžTim Matavž

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Matjaž Kek (SVN)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

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