Match statistics

ItalyRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)60
 
40
Total attempts27
 
6
Attempts on target17
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
4
Attempts blocked11
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners12
 
5
Offsides3
 
7
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed15
 
23
Fouls suffered23
 
15

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Kevin Ashby, Municipal Stadium Poznan: Mario Balotelli's late goal secured a 2-0 victory for Italy, Antonio Cassano having nodded in the opener, and second place in Group C after Spain also struck late on to seal top spot and eliminate Croatia. The Azzurri are next in action on Sunday, when they will face the Group D winners in Kyiv. Ireland depart with zero points but with the words to the Fields of Athenry ringing around the stadium.
  • 90+3
    Pirlo (Italy) delivers the corner.
  • 90+3
    (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+3
    Diamanti (Italy) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+3
    Pirlo (Italy) delivers the corner.
  • 90+3
    Balotelli (Italy) misses the target.
    With Ireland pressing for a consolation Mario Balotelli streaks free but Richard Dunne does excellently to marshall the forward who eventually shoots wide from an angle on the right.
  • 90+3
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+2
    Abate (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Duff (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+1
    Bonucci (Italy) misses the target.
  • 90+1
    Pirlo (Italy) delivers the corner.
  • Goal
    90
    Balotelli (Italy) scores!
    The corner from the right is met by a beautiful volley from the Manchester City FC man. Despite intense pressure from John O'Shea the forward swings an overhead-kick past Shay Given from five metres. A brilliant finish.
  • 90
    Diamanti (Italy) delivers the corner.
  • 90
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90
    Balotelli (Italy) has an effort on goal.
  • 89
    De Rossi (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • Red Card
    89
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) is shown a second yellow card and is dismissed.
  • 89
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Pirlo (Italy).
  • 88
    Given (Republic of Ireland) makes a save.
  • 88
    Balotelli (Italy) has an effort on goal.
  • 86
    Buffon (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 86
    Walters (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • Substitution
    86
    Cox (in) - Keane (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 85
    Bonucci (Italy) misses the target.
  • 85
    O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 85
    Diamanti (Italy) delivers the free-kick on target.
  • Yellow Card
    84
    St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 83
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Balotelli (Italy).
  • 83
    Marchisio (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 83
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Diamanti (Italy).
  • 82
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 81
    Keane (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 81
    Buffon (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 81
    Walters (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Balzaretti (Italy).
  • 80
    Buffon (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 80
    Keane (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 79
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) delivers the free-kick on target.
    Damien Duff lays off the free-kick to the West Bromwich Albion man who drills low and through a mass of players. Gianluigi Buffon does excellently to get down to his right and save and Andrea Barzagli gets to the ball first to clear.
  • 79
    Buffon (Italy) makes a save.
  • 77
    Diamanti (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Walters (Republic of Ireland).
    Ireland are having an excellent spell of pressure and Italy are starting to look worried, and with a free-kick conceded 20 metres from goal they have every reason to. Keith Andrews and Damien Duff stand over it.
  • 77
    Diamanti (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 77
    O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Balotelli (Italy).
  • 76
    Given (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • Substitution
    76
    Walters (in) - Doyle (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 76
    Thiago Motta (Italy) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 75
    Buffon (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 75
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Buffon (Italy).
  • 75
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • Substitution
    74
    Balotelli (in) - Di Natale (out) (Italy)
    Kevin Ashby, Municipal Stadium Poznan: Mario Balotelli is on and Italy will look to utilise him on the counter as they attempt to absorb a period of Ireland pressure. The tension is building here, and no doubt in Gdansk, with 15 to go.
  • Yellow Card
    73
    Buffon (Italy) is booked.
  • 73
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 72
    Thiago Motta (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Duff (Republic of Ireland).
  • 72
    Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • Yellow Card
    71
    De Rossi (Italy) is booked.
  • 71
    De Rossi (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Doyle (Republic of Ireland).
  • 71
    Buffon (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 70
    Long (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on De Rossi (Italy).
  • 70
    Ward (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 70
    Abate (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Keane (Republic of Ireland).
  • 69
    Pirlo (Italy) delivers the free-kick wide.
    From almost exactly the same position from which the Juventus man scored against Croatia he curls just over the bar.
  • 68
    O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Diamanti (Italy).
    A flicked ball over the defence from Andrea Pirlo finds the substitute who is bundled over. Pirlo will take the free-kick from the edge of the area.
  • 67
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 67
    Long (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Pirlo (Italy).
  • 67
    Buffon (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 67
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 67
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 66
    Given (Republic of Ireland) makes a save.
  • 66
    Diamanti (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    The substitute is involved early on but his effort is handled comfortably by Shay Given.
  • 65
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • Substitution
    65
    Long (in) - McGeady (out) (Republic of Ireland)
    Kevin Ashby, Municipal Stadium Poznan: An attacking substitution from Giovanni Trapattoni, Shane Long coming on for McGeady. Long has pushed upfield to partner Keane, with Doyle moving out to the right. Ireland are having a decent spell.
  • 64
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
    The West Bromwich Albion FC midfielder steals the ball in the centre of the pitch and drives goalward, but an excellent tackle from Daniele De Rossi deflects a 25-metre drive over the bar.
  • 64
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 63
    Di Natale (Italy) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 63
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 63
    Diamanti (Italy) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Whelan (Republic of Ireland).
  • Substitution
    63
    Diamanti (in) - Cassano (out) (Italy)
    Kevin Ashby, Municipal Stadium Poznan: Goalscorer Cassano jogs off to great, and deserved, applause from the Italy fans.
  • 62
    Di Natale (Italy) misses the target.
    Andrea Pirlo picks out the forward from the left-wing with a free-kick but he is too far from goal to get power in a header which dribbles a long way wide.
  • 62
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 61
    O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Balzaretti (Italy).
  • 60
    De Rossi (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 60
    Whelan (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Thiago Motta (Italy).
  • 60
    Buffon (Italy) makes a save.
  • 60
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
    The midfielder finds space after John O'Shea's ball into Kevin Doyle is laid off 25 metres out, but the shot is too straight and Gianluigi Buffon gathers with minimum fuss.
  • 58
    Marchisio (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 58
    Doyle (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on De Rossi (Italy).
  • 58
    Marchisio (Italy) misses the target.
  • 57
    Balzaretti (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 57
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Cassano (Italy).
  • 57
    Di Natale (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 57
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on De Rossi (Italy).
  • Substitution
    57
    Bonucci (in) - Chiellini (out) (Italy)
  • 54
    Given (Republic of Ireland) makes a save.
  • 54
    Di Natale (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    A rapid break from Italy down the left opens up the Irish again. The Udinese forward slips into the area and his shot from an angle tests Shay Given who cannot hold the shot and ireland get the ball clear.
  • 53
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
    The corner from the left is met by the centre-back, but Andrea Barzagli puts him under enough pressure and the effort is directed off-target.
  • 53
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 52
    Ward (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 52
    Marchisio (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Duff (Republic of Ireland).
  • 51
    De Rossi (Italy) misses the target.
    It is end to end at the moment. Italy are looking to put this game to bed and the midfielder is given plenty of time to pick his spot from the edge of the Irish area, but curls just past Shay Given's right-hand post.
  • 50
    Doyle (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
    Ireland respond and a cross from the right is met by and overhead kick from the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC attacker, but he does not catch the effort cleanly and it poses no danger.
  • 49
    Balzaretti (Italy) misses the target.
    Italian pressure builds but the territory is wasted as a shot from 25 metres is sent a long way over the bar. Ireland are finding it tough to cope at the moment.
  • 49
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 49
    Cassano (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    Federico Balzaretti is having success on the left. Once again he breaks into the area, playing in the AC Milan man who side-foots a low shot at goal from ten metres but Richard Dunne blocks.
  • 48
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 47
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 47
    Di Natale (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    Another great block from Sean St Ledger denies the Udinese forward once again. Antonio Cassano slipped Federico Balzaretti into the left-side of the Irish area and his low cross was turned goalward, before the Irish defender intercepted.
  • Start Time
    The second half begins.
    As it stands Italy progress from Group C, but they will be far from comfortable with a one goal lead. We are in for an exciting second half as the Italians go in search of a goal to make the game safe, while Ireland aim to leave Poland on a high.
  • End Time
    The referee blows for half-time.
    Kevin Ashby, Municipal Stadium Poznan: Antonio Cassano's fine flicked header in the 35th-minute has edged Italy in front and moved them to the top of Group C, as Croatia-Spain in Gdansk is goalless. The Azzurri have had more of the play, particularly towards the end of the half, but we're in for a tense second 45 here with so much riding on both matches.
  • 44
    St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 44
    Chiellini (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Doyle (Republic of Ireland).
  • 44
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 43
    O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 43
    De Rossi (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    Italy break down the right before working the ball across the field. THe AS Roma midfielder collects and, despite having Federico Balzaretti overlapping, he cuts on to his right foot to shoot but John O'Shea gets a solid block in to save Shay Given.
  • 41
    Barzagli (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 41
    Keane (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 40
    Chiellini (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 40
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Thiago Motta (Italy).
  • 40
    Given (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 39
    Cassano (Italy) is penalised for a foul on McGeady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 39
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • Yellow Card
    39
    O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 38
    O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Balzaretti (Italy).
  • 38
    Doyle (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 38
    Pirlo (Italy) delivers the free-kick on target.
    The midfielder scored from a free-kick against Croatia, and tries to repeat the trick from a similar position, but wall does its job and blocks well.
  • Yellow Card
    37
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 37
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Pirlo (Italy).
  • Goal
    35
    Cassano (Italy) scores!
    Italy are ahead as the AC Milan forward flicks the ball past Shay Given after meeting Andrea Pirlo's corner at the front post. Damien Duff, stationed on the far post, does his best to keep the ball out but it was behind the line as he scooped it clear.
  • 35
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 35
    Given (Republic of Ireland) makes a save.
  • 35
    Cassano (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    The ball is cleared by Ireland but not for long as Italy come back at them again, and the forward hits a wicked, swerving shot from distance which Shay Given cannot handle, and the ball slips behind for a corner.
  • 34
    St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 34
    Di Natale (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    The forward goes round Shay Given on the right of the area and hits the target from the tightest of angles but Sean St Ledger is there again to turn off the line.
  • 33
    St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 33
    Di Natale (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    The forward twists and turns on the edge of the area, creating the smallest amount of room but Sean St Ledger takes the ball off his toe just as he is due to pull the trigger.
  • 32
    Given (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 31
    Balzaretti (Italy) is flagged for offside.
  • 30
    St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 30
    Di Natale (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    Federico Balzaretti does brilliantly to cut into the area on the left and pulls the ball back to the Udinese Calcio forward on the penalty spot. The 34-year-old's shot on the turn is destined for the corner but Sean St Ledger thrusts his chest into the path of the ball to keep the scores level.
  • 29
    Barzagli (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 29
    Doyle (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Barzagli (Italy).
  • Yellow Card
    28
    Balzaretti (Italy) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 28
    Balzaretti (Italy) is penalised for a foul on McGeady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 28
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 28
    Di Natale (Italy) has an effort on goal.
    Italy respond after some Irish pressure and it is only Richard Dunne's block which saves Ireland as the forward drills at goal from the edge of the area.
  • 27
    Buffon (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 27
    St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Chiellini (Italy).
  • 27
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 26
    Marchisio (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Duff (Republic of Ireland).
  • 26
    St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 26
    Barzagli (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Keane (Republic of Ireland).
  • 24
    St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
    A corner is cleared before being floated back into the box. Ireland's scorer against Croatia is the target but the defender cannot get enough on his header to direct the ball on target.
  • 24
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 21
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 20
    McGeady (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 19
    Buffon (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 19
    Dunne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Barzagli (Italy).
  • 19
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 18
    Chiellini (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Doyle (Republic of Ireland).
  • 18
    Balzaretti (Italy) misses the target.
    Italy play the corner short and work the ball to the defender who tries a very ambitious effort from 35 metres but it is a long way wide of the target.
  • 17
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 12
    Balzaretti (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 12
    McGeady (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 12
    Balzaretti (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 12
    Keane (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Balzaretti (Italy).
  • 11
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 11
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 10
    Given (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 10
    De Rossi (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Andrews (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 10
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Pirlo (Italy).
  • 9
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 7
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the corner.
  • 5
    Pirlo (Italy) takes the free-kick.
  • 5
    Andrews (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Pirlo (Italy).
  • 4
    Duff (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 3
    Balzaretti (Italy) is penalised for a foul on Duff (Republic of Ireland).
    Damien Duff set to swing the free-kick into the box from wide on the right.
  • 1
    De Rossi (Italy) misses the target.
    Ireland have conceded within in four minutes of both their previous two Group C games, and the AS Roma man tries to extend that run, but his volley from the edge of the area is just wide of Shay Given's right-hand post.
  • Start Time
    The match is under way.
    Italy kick us off knowing that they need a win to keep their hopes alive bu tIreland will be no pushovers. Giovanni Trapattoni's men will want to end on a high.

Legend:

  • Goals
    Goals
  • Own goal
    Own goal
  • Converted penalty
    Converted penalty
  • Missed penalty
    Missed penalty
  • Red card
    Red card
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card
  • Second yellow card
    Second yellow card
  • Substitution
    Substitution
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