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Italy draw leaves Serbia with work to do

Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 23.03CET
Serbia 1-1 Italy
Branislav Ivanović cancelled out Claudio Marchisio's early strike but Serbia must win in Slovenia on Tuesday if they are to reach the play-offs from Group C.
by Peter Murphy
from Stadion FK Crvena Zvezda

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Match statistics

SerbiaItaly

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
7
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
2
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
1
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
11

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 23.03CET

Italy draw leaves Serbia with work to do

Serbia 1-1 Italy
Branislav Ivanović cancelled out Claudio Marchisio's early strike but Serbia must win in Slovenia on Tuesday if they are to reach the play-offs from Group C.

Honours were even in the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C qualifier in Belgrade after a deflected Serbia goal from Branislav Ivanović cancelled out an early Italy strike from Claudio Marchisio.

Serbia knew that a win would secure second place but were stunned when Marchisio got a foot on a Giuseppe Rossi pass to gave the Azzurri an early lead. Serbia responded in sterling fashion, and Ivanović's equalilser was just reward for a gutsy home performance. However, they must beat Slovenia in Maribor on Tuesday if they are to deny Estonia second place in the section.

The hosts' plans to take the game to group winners Italy went awry barely two minutes into the game. Rossi controlled a long ball from defence on the edge of the area, slipped it through to Marchisio, and the Juventus midfielder stretched to poke the ball past Bojan Jorgačević.

Serbia regrouped well, and mounted a series of menacing counterattacks. With most of their threat coming down the left flank, it was no surprise that the lively Zoran Tošić was at the centre of Serbia's 26th-minute equaliser. His dangerous cross forced a corner and when Miloš Krasić's delivery rebounded out to Tošić, the PFC CSKA Moskva midfielder rocketed a shot goalwards which the Chelsea FC defender Ivanović deflected round Buffon.

Vladimir Petrović's men looked to push on after the break, and Manchester City FC defender Aleksandar Kolarov almost delivered straight away, his shot from distance denied by a diving Buffon. Tošić broke forward and fed the onrushing Kolarov whose first-time effort was blocked by Buffon, and Marko Pantelić headed just over on the hour.

Italy were hanging on but as Serbia tired the Azzurri forged openings of their own. Rossi had a sight of goal on 82 minutes while a shot from substitute Sebastian Giovinco missed by a whisker with five minutes left.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.33CET

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Italy

Italy

1
JorgačevićBojan Jorgačević (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
6
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Goal26
Yellow Card55
2
MaggioChristian Maggio
Yellow Card28
7
TošićZoran Tošić
Yellow Card88
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
5
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
10
StankovićDejan Stanković (C)
Yellow Card80
Substitution87
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Goal2
Substitution70
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution67
16
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Substitution46
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution76
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution82
18
NinkovićMiloš Ninković
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
20
SubotićNeven Subotić
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
23
RajkovićSlobodan Rajković
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi

Substitutes

12
KahrimanDamir Kahriman (GK)
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
2
TomovićNenad Tomović
9
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
8
MilijašNenad Milijaš
14
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution82
13
SimićMarko Simić
16
CassaniMattia Cassani
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Substitution87
17
AstoriDavide Astori
15
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
Substitution46
20
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution67
19
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Substitution76
Yellow Card90
23
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution70

Coach

Vladimir Petrović (SRB) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

João Capela (POR)

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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