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Chiellini relief as Italy edge Azerbaijan

Published: Friday 10 October 2014, 22.59CET
Italy 2-1 Azerbaijan
Giorgio Chiellini scored all three goals, the last an 82nd-minute winner, as Italy chalked up a second straight Group H victory.
by Paolo Menicucci

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Match statistics

ItalyAzerbaijan

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)61
 
39
Total attempts21
 
2
on target4
 
1
off target14
 
1
blocked3
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners8
 
1
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
20

Standings

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Published: Friday 10 October 2014, 22.59CET

Chiellini relief as Italy edge Azerbaijan

Italy 2-1 Azerbaijan
Giorgio Chiellini scored all three goals, the last an 82nd-minute winner, as Italy chalked up a second straight Group H victory.

Italy have two wins from two in Group H thanks to two Giorgio Chiellini headers
Berti Vogts's still point-less side keep hosts at bay for almost a half
One minute from half-time Chiellini gives Italy lead from corner
Juventus centre-back scores 76th-minute own goal, again from corner
Chiellini soon makes amends, nodding in winner for Azzurri
Andrea Pirlo plays 113th international
Next games: Malta v Italy, Croatia v Azerbaijan (Monday)

Giorgio Chiellini turned from hero to villain, and to hero again, as Italy beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in Palermo to remain on maximum points after two games in UEFA EURO 2016 Group H.

Italy threatened to take an early lead when Claudio Marchisio fired over after fine work by Ciro Immobile, the Borussia Dortmund forward a constant menace with his sharp movements. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan goalkeeper Kamran Agayev had to dive full-length to palm wide a long-range effort by Leonardo Bonucci which was deflected by Simone Zaza.

Bonucci was dangerous again on 25 minutes but his diving header, from Andrea Pirlo's corner, was well fielded by Agayev. Azerbaijan continued to hold firm with captain Rashad F Sadygov leading the five-man line with great positional sense.

Andrea Ranocchia nodded just over from a Pirlo free-kick, yet it was another centre-back, Chiellini, who made best use of the midfielder's set pieces by heading into an empty net after meeting Pirlo's corner ahead of Agayev.

Antonio Conte's men almost added another in style soon after the break with Zaza putting a sublime overhead kick narrowly wide. Although Dmitri Nazarov tested Gianluigi Buffon from distance, the Azzurri came again with Zaza, the US Sassuolo Calcio attacker, missing from close range from Matteo Darmian's centre.

Fourteen minutes from time, however, Nazarov delivered a dangerous corner from the left which Buffon failed to reach and Chiellini deflected into his own net. The Juventus defender had the last word, though, as he nodded in a cross by substitute Sebastian Giovinco to give Italy the points.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.20CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013856/postmatch/report/index.html#chiellini+ko+azerbaijan

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
K. AgayevKamran Agayev (GK)
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
2
GarayevGara Garayev
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Goal44
Goal76
Goal82
5
AllahverdiyevElnur Allahverdiyev
7
ZazaSimone Zaza
Yellow Card87
6
HüseynovBadavi Hüseynov
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
7
А. AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
8
Qırtımovİlkin Qırtımov
Substitution46
13
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
10
DadaşovRüfat Dadaşov
Yellow Card12
Substitution59
15
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Substitution77
11
R. AliyevRauf Aliyev
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
13
NazarovDmitri Nazarov
20
DarmianMatteo Darmian
Substitution81
14
R. F. SadygovRashad F. Sadygov (C)
Yellow Card84
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Yellow Card33
Substitution73
19
AmirguliyevRahid Amirguliyev
Substitution86

Substitutes

16
PerinMattia Perin (GK)
23
S. AgayevSalahat Agayev (GK)
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
12
BalayevEmil Balayev (GK)
4
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
3
RamaldanovRasim Ramaldanov
Substitution46
5
VerrattiMarco Verratti
4
YunuszadäElvin Yunuszadä
6
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
Substitution81
9
KurbanovMagomed Kurbanov
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution77
15
RamazanovAgabala Ramazanov
11
PoliAndrea Poli
16
J. HüseynovJavid Hüseynov
Substitution59
14
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution73
17
NadirovVüqar Nadirov
Substitution86
17
PellèGraziano Pellè
20
Ufuk BudakUfuk Budak
18
ParoloMarco Parolo
21
TashkinIlter Tashkin
22
DestroMattia Destro
22
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual

Coach

Antonio Conte (ITA) Berti Vogts (GER)

Referee

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR), Orkun Aktaş (TUR)

Fourth official

Serkan Ok (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Mete Kalkavan (TUR), Hakan Ceylan (TUR)

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