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Solid Italy kick off with a win in Norway

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 22.39CET
Norway 0-2 Italy
Goals from Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci gave the UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up a winning start to the 2016 competition.
by Ben Gladwell
from Ullevaal Stadion

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Match statistics

NorwayItaly

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts5
 
13
on target0
6
off target4
 
5
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
6
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
10
Fouls suffered8
 
13

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 22.39CET

Solid Italy kick off with a win in Norway

Norway 0-2 Italy
Goals from Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci gave the UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up a winning start to the 2016 competition.

Simone Zaza breaks the deadlock with his first international goal
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci adds a second to secure victory
UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up start their Group H campaign with a win in Oslo in Antonio Conte's first competitive fixture in charge
Norway extend winless run to seven matches since beating Moldova in January
Next games: Italy v Azerbaijan, Malta v Norway (10 October)

Italy made a winning start to UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying with an ultimately comfortable Group H win against Norway in Oslo, thanks to Simone Zaza's deflected effort and a Leonardo Bonucci header.

Norway showed no sign of nerves early on, with Joshua King receiving a lot of the ball and leading their line effectively. The guests, on the other hand, appeared happy operating on the counterattack with Emanuele Giaccherini at the forefront of their forays, but they were on the back foot when King and Håvard Nordtveit both missed the target with good opportunities.

Nordtveit's next intervention was an unfortunate one as he inadvertently deflected Zaza's shot inside Ørjan Håskjold Nyland's near post. It was the US Sassuolo Calcio forward's first goal in only his second game for Italy.

It also took the wind out of Norway's sails and allowed Italy to dictate the tempo of the match, waiting patiently for opportunities to strike again. Giaccherini used one of those to sting the palms of Nyland, albeit without working the Norway custodian too hard.

The visitors dropped the tempo even further in the second half, almost enticing Norway forwards, before hitting them with a sucker punch. Manuel Pasqual, on the field for less than a minute, delivered a cross that was an open invitation for the unmarked Bonucci to head in from close range.

Zaza almost added a third when his effort rattled the crossbar, with Alessandro Florenzi's header on the rebound saved by Nyland. Vegard Forren denied Zaza with a goal-line clearance late on, but Italy had already secured the points.

Last updated: 03/06/15 4.34CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013839/postmatch/report/index.html#italy+norway

Lineups

Norway

Norway

Italy

Italy

12
NylandØrjan Nyland (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
6
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
Yellow Card83
2
DarmianMatteo Darmian
Substitution61
7
KingJoshua King
5
AstoriDavide Astori
Yellow Card66
8
JohansenStefan Johansen
7
ZazaSimone Zaza
Goal16
Substitution83
14
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
8
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Yellow Card41
Substitution87
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred (C)
Substitution75
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
16
FloPer Egil Flo
13
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
18
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
Substitution50
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
19
JenssenRuben Yttergård Jenssen
Substitution70
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
Goal62
20
DaehliMats Møller Daehli
20
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
21
ForrenVegard Forren
Yellow Card90
23
GiaccheriniEmanuele Giaccherini

Substitutes

1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
22
André HansenAndré Hansen (GK)
17
PerinMattia Perin (GK)
3
Semb BergeFredrik Semb Berge
3
PasqualManuel Pasqual
Substitution61
4
HagenSteffen Hagen
4
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
5
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Substitution70
6
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
9
KamaraOla Kamara
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
10
T. ElyounoussiTarik Elyounoussi
Substitution50
11
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Substitution75
14
ParoloMarco Parolo
13
SamuelsenJone Samuelsen
15
PoliAndrea Poli
Substitution87
17
DanielsenAndré Danielsen
18
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
23
KonradsenAnders Konradsen
21
VerrattiMarco Verratti
22
DestroMattia Destro
Substitution83

Coach

Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR) Antonio Conte (ITA)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Dejan Petrović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dejan Filipovic (SRB)

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