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Italy earn comeback success in Estonia

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.15CET
Estonia 1-2 Italy
Antonio Cassano and Leonardo Bonucci both finished from Andrea Pirlo corners as Cesare Prandell's men recovered from falling behind.
by Paolo Menicucci
Italy earn comeback success in Estonia
Antonio Cassano drew Italy level in Estonia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

EstoniaItaly

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts8
 
13
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
9
Offsides1
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
18

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.15CET

Italy earn comeback success in Estonia

Estonia 1-2 Italy
Antonio Cassano and Leonardo Bonucci both finished from Andrea Pirlo corners as Cesare Prandell's men recovered from falling behind.

Two second-half goals in quick succession allowed Italy to come from behind to start UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group C with a 2-1 win in Estonia, their first victory in 2010.

Overseeing his first competitive game since replacing Marcello Lippi following the FIFA World Cup, Cesare Prandelli watched his charges head into the interval 1-0 down after Sergei Zenjov punished a mistake by visiting goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. A pair of Andrea Pirlo corners nonetheless spared the Azzurri's blushes as Antonio Cassano finished on the hour mark and Leonardo Bonucci struck three minutes later, earning their side three points ahead of Tuesday's home meeting with the Faroe Islands.

Estonia, who next travel to Serbia on 8 October, caused much of the early danger and they threatened with just 13 minutes gone when a headed pass from Sergei Zenjov released Konstantin Vassiljev with only Sirigu to beat. The midfielder fired over, but after Sergei Pareiko saved well from Giampaolo Pazzini's close-range effort, Sirigu failed to deal with a long-range Vassilijev free-kick and Zenjov converted the rebound.

The hosts nearly doubled their lead three minutes into the second half when Sander Puri's powerful shot from distance hit the bar with Sirigu beaten. Italy were struggling to find space in attack, but Cassano eventually levelled the scores by heading in a Pirlo corner from the right. The AC Milan playmaker then helped Italy take the lead when he delivered from the opposite corner, with Cassano's back-heel at the near post allowing Bonucci to finish.

Last updated: 03/09/10 23.07CET

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Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Italy

Italy

1
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
23
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
3
RähnTaavi Rähn
3
MolinaroCristian Molinaro
4
PiirojaRaio Piiroja (C)
Yellow Card90+7
4
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
Substitution82
5
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
6
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
7
PepeSimone Pepe
Substitution60
7
S. PuriSander Puri
Substitution77
9
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
10
ZenjovSergei Zenjov
Goal31
Substitution63
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Goal60
Substitution80
13
VunkMartin Vunk
Yellow Card56
16
CassaniMattia Cassani
14
VassiljevKonstantin Vassiljev
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution75
15
KlavanRagnar Klavan
Yellow Card85
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
Goal63
17
JäägerEnar Jääger
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo (C)

Substitutes

22
KotenkoArtur Kotenko (GK)
1
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
9
KinkTarmo Kink
Substitution82
2
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
11
PurjeAts Purje
Substitution77
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
16
KamsGert Kams
13
L. AntonelliLuca Antonelli
Substitution80
19
BärengrubAlo Bärengrub
14
BovoCesare Bovo
20
SaagKaimar Saag
Substitution63
17
PalomboAngelo Palombo
Substitution75
23
SidorenkovAndrei Sidorenkov
20
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Substitution60

Coach

Tarmo Rüütli (EST) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Antonio Rubinos Pérez (ESP)

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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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