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Motta makes his mark for Italy in Slovenia

Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 22.45CET
Slovenia 0-1 Italy
Thiago Motta scored the only goal on his competitive debut as the Azzurri moved six points clear at the Group C summit with victory in Ljubljana.
Motta makes his mark for Italy in Slovenia
Thiago Motta celebrates after scoring Italy's winner in Slovenia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SloveniaItaly

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts7
 
8
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners10
 
7
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
13
Fouls suffered12
 
17

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 22.45CET

Motta makes his mark for Italy in Slovenia

Slovenia 0-1 Italy
Thiago Motta scored the only goal on his competitive debut as the Azzurri moved six points clear at the Group C summit with victory in Ljubljana.

Italy opened up a six-point lead at the Group C summit after Thiago Motta's second-half goal secured a 1-0 victory in Slovenia.

The Brazilian-born FC Internazionale Milano midfielder, making his competitive Azzurri debut, marked the occasion by driving a low shot past Samir Handanovič from the left side of the penalty box after exchanging passes with Federico Balzaretti. The victory – which puts Italy on 13 points from a possible 15 – was well merited by the visitors who created the better chances even if they survived a scare when Zlatan Ljubijankič hit the crossbar in the second half.

Italy had arrived in Ljubljana with an inexperienced-looking squad notable for the absences of Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli, left behind by Cesare Prandelli after incurring UEFA bans with their clubs. Yet they showed no signs of missing that pair as they took the game to their hosts. After Riccardo Montolivo had forced a low save from Handanovič, Giampaolo Pazzini was close to scoring after 23 minutes as he turned sharply in the box and rattled the near post.

Pazzini and partner Antonio Cassano kept asking questions of Slovenia's back line and only a brave stop by Handanovič denied the latter, the keeper diving at Cassano's feet. Slovenia managed no better in the first half than a long-distance Robert Koren effort that drew a fingertip save from Gianluigi Buffon and the direction of play did not change after the restart with Handanovič soon called on to make a trio of saves from Stefano Mauri, Cassano and Alberto Aquilani.

Matjaž Kek's decision to send on Ljubijankič for Zlatko Dedič after 56 minutes almost reaped immediate reward when, 60 seconds later, the substitute smashed a shot against the crossbar via Buffon's gloves. With Motta's 73rd-minute intervention, though, the match slipped away from Slovenia whose late pressure came to nothing as Boštjan Cesar sent an added-time header wide.

Last updated: 26/03/11 9.57CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Italy

Italy

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
Substitution70
2
MaggioChristian Maggio
4
ŠulerMarko Šuler
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar (C)
Yellow Card80
5
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Goal73
Yellow Card90+1
8
KorenRobert Koren
6
MauriStefano Mauri
Substitution63
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution74
7
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution74
13
JokićBojan Jokić
14
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
14
DedičZlatko Dedič
Substitution56
16
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Yellow Card55
Substitution87
18
RadosavljevičAleksandar Radosavljevič
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci

Substitutes

12
J. HandanovićJasmin Handanović (GK)
17
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
3
AndjelkovićSiniša Andjelković
Substitution70
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution56
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Substitution87
15
BačinovićArmin Bačinović
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
19
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution74
15
GastaldelloDaniele Gastaldello
20
ŠukaloGoran Šukalo
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution74
22
M. MavričMatej Mavrič
23
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution63

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Florian Meyer (GER)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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