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Entertaining Italy too strong for Estonia

Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 22.58CET
Italy 3-0 Estonia
Goals by Giuseppe Rossi, Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini ensured the home team stayed well clear at the top of qualifying Group C.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Alberto Braglia
Entertaining Italy too strong for Estonia
Antonio Cassano is congratulated after scoring Italy's second goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalyEstonia

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts14
 
6
Attempts on target8
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
5
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
18
Fouls suffered18
 
7

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 22.58CET

Entertaining Italy too strong for Estonia

Italy 3-0 Estonia
Goals by Giuseppe Rossi, Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini ensured the home team stayed well clear at the top of qualifying Group C.

Italy strengthened their grip on UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group C after a victory against Estonia in Modena that maintained their five-point lead.

Goals by Giuseppe Rossi, Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini earned the Azzurri their fifth win of the campaign, which has all but secured their place in Poland and Ukraine. They have the chance to move closer to next year's finals in their next fixture, on 2 September against the Faroe Islands, who are Estonia's opponents on Tuesday.

The hosts dominated this match, a midfield boasting the creative strengths of Andrea Pirlo, Alberto Aquilani and Riccardo Montolivo running rings around the visitors in support of a lively strike-force of Cassano and Rossi. The front two combined beautifully on 13 minutes when Cassano was put clean through by his fellow forward only to be denied by the legs of Sergei Pereiko, who then had to repel Rossi's goalbound header from a Pirlo corner.

The Estonia goalkeeper saved again from the Villarreal CF striker after Rossi had raced on to Montolivo's threaded pass but he was beaten by the same player on 21 minutes, Rossi controlling Cassano's ball, advancing into the area and finishing adroitly. Estonia, swamped by the tide of blue shirts, threatened rarely, an ambitious Tarmo Kink shot leaving Gianluigi Buffon untroubled. Pereiko, while relieved to see a Rossi thunderbolt come back off the post, was then powerless to prevent Cassano's shot on the turn going in off the same upright to double Italy's lead.

The second half continued in the same vein with Cesare Prandelli's side painting pretty passing patterns around a tiring Estonian rearguard. Pirlo struck the foot of the post with a free-kick on 66 minutes, but it was Pazzini who extended the Azzurri lead three minutes after replacing Cassano, the FC Internazionale Milano striker running on to Montolivo's long ball before rifling his second international goal past Pereiko. Estonia almost found a way past Buffon with two late long-range strikes by Sander Puri, but this would be Italy's fifth win, and clean sheet, in six qualifying matches.

Last updated: 04/06/11 2.15CET

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Quotes

  • Giuseppe Rossi

    Read more"I did enjoy playing alongside Antonio [Cassano]. We forged a great understanding, but it is easy to play with him; he is a great player"

  • Riccardo Montolivo

    Read more"As for my understanding with Pazzini, that has been there ever since we played together as kids"

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Estonia

Estonia

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
2
MaggioChristian Maggio
2
TenisteTaijo Teniste
Substitution58
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
3
RähnTaavi Rähn
6
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
4
PiirojaRaio Piiroja (C)
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Goal39
Substitution65
7
S. PuriSander Puri
14
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Yellow Card8
Substitution24
9
KinkTarmo Kink
Substitution79
15
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
10
ZenjovSergei Zenjov
Substitution58
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
13
VunkMartin Vunk
Yellow Card54
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
15
KlavanRagnar Klavan
Yellow Card42
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Goal21
Substitution79
17
JäägerEnar Jääger

Substitutes

19
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
12
LondakPavel Londak (GK)
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
8
MošnikovSergei Mošnikov
7
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution65
Goal68
16
KamsGert Kams
Substitution79
9
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution79
18
AhjuperaJarmo Ahjupera
Substitution58
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
19
BärengrubAlo Bärengrub
16
CassaniMattia Cassani
20
SaagKaimar Saag
Substitution58
23
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution24
21
StepanovAndrei Stepanov

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Tarmo Rüütli (EST)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Aurel Oniţă (ROU)

Fourth official

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

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