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Italy make Prandelli feel at home

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 23.35CET
Italy 5-0 Faroe Islands
Cesare Prandelli enjoyed a memorable return to Florence as the Azzurri won for the second match in a row.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Artemio Franchi

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Match statistics

ItalyFaroe Islands

Goals scored5
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts19
 
4
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
1
Offsides6
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
9
Fouls suffered8
 
9

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 23.35CET

Italy make Prandelli feel at home

Italy 5-0 Faroe Islands
Cesare Prandelli enjoyed a memorable return to Florence as the Azzurri won for the second match in a row.

Italy won for the second match in succession as Cesare Prandelli enjoyed a five-star return to the Stadio Artemio Franchi and a convincing win in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying group Group C against the Faroe Islands.

Prandelli, back at the stadium that was his home as ACF Fiorentina coach for five years until this summer, made five changes to the side that beat Estonia 2-1 on Friday, including Alberto Gilardino, who headed the hosts in front on 11 minutes. Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Cassano added further first-half strikes before Fabio Quagliarella pounced nine minutes from time and Andrea Pirlo curled in a late free-kick to send the Azzurri top of Group C.

Italy hit the ground running and could have twice taken the lead before Gilardino's opener. First the lively Cassano shot wide after a neat one-two on the edge of the area with Gilardino, and then the influential Pirlo sent a free-kick narrowly beyond the far post.

As in Estonia, it was a set piece from the Italy captain that produced the first goal, Gilardino rising to glance his 17th international goal past Gunnar Nielsen in front of his delighted home fans.

The next two strikes owed much to Luca Antonelli, the Parma FC full-back beginning by embarking on a forceful run before cutting the ball back to De Rossi, who rifled a deflected shot in off Atli Gregersen at the second attempt. Following further sterling approach play down the left by Antonelli, Cassano then picked up possession 22 metres out and scored with a powerful strike.

But for the intervention of Nielsen, the visitors, whose only threat before half-time was a tame free-kick by Christian Mouritsen, could have been worse off. In fact, it was a surprise that the hosts had to wait until nine minutes from time to make it 4-0, Juventus striker Quagliarella finally poking in from close range after Giampaolo Pazzini's shot had been blocked on the line.

After Cassano was again thwarted by Nielsen, Pirlo capped a polished performance with a curling effort that cemented Italy's place atop the section, two points clear of Serbia, who drew 1-1 with Slovenia. Prandelli's charges will next be tested in Northern Ireland on 8 October, when the Faroe Islands are in action away against Slovenia.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.33CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2012/matches/round=15171/match=2002170/postmatch/report/index.html#italy+prandelli

Quotes

  • Alberto Gilardino

    "I hadn't scored for ages so it was certainly a goal that I was desperate to score"

  • Emiliano Viviano

    "Playing for your country is an incredible achievement in itself but doing it in Florence was almost impossible to believe"

  • Atli Gregersen

    "We are very honest players and we are always the underdogs and I suppose tonight it wasn't meant to be"

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

1
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
1
NielsenGunnar Nielsen (GK)
2
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
2
B. LøkinBogi Løkin
Substitution74
4
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
3
RubeksenHendrik Rubeksen
5
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Goal22
Substitution76
4
GregersenAtli Gregersen
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Goal27
5
á BøEgil á Bø
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal11
Substitution59
6
Jóhan DavidsenJóhan Davidsen
Yellow Card7
13
L. AntonelliLuca Antonelli
7
BenjaminsenFródi Benjaminsen (C)
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
8
PetersenJann Ingi Petersen
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
9
C. MouritsenChristian Mouritsen
Substitution74
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo (C)
Goal90
10
SamuelsenSímun Samuelsen
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution59
11
EdmundssonJóan Edmundsson
Substitution89

Substitutes

23
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
16
ThomsenTórdur Thomsen (GK)
3
MolinaroCristian Molinaro
12
NaesJónas Tór Naes
Substitution74
9
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution59
13
EliassenBartal Eliassen
15
GastaldelloDaniele Gastaldello
14
UdsenDaniel Udsen
Substitution89
16
CassaniMattia Cassani
15
HolstChristian Holst
Substitution74
17
PalomboAngelo Palombo
Substitution76
17
A. HansenArnbjørn Hansen
20
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Substitution59
Goal81
18
J. HansenJústinus Hansen

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Brian Kerr (IRL)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Assistant referees

Dmitri Zhuk (BLR), Vitali Malyutin (BLR)

Fourth official

Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

Legend:

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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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