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De Rossi penalty edges Italy closer to finals

Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 22.47CET
Italy 1-0 Bulgaria
Antonio Conte's side returned to the summit of Group H, with Daniele De Rossi striking from the penalty spot before being dismissed.

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Match statistics

ItalyBulgaria

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts21
 
7
on target7
 
2
off target12
 
4
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
2
Offsides5
 
0
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards1
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
21
Fouls suffered21
 
7

Standings

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Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 22.47CET

De Rossi penalty edges Italy closer to finals

Italy 1-0 Bulgaria
Antonio Conte's side returned to the summit of Group H, with Daniele De Rossi striking from the penalty spot before being dismissed.

  • Daniele De Rossi nets the only goal from the spot on six minutes
  • De Rossi and Ilian Mitsanski then dismissed for 55th-minute altercation
  • Yordan Minev and Svetoslav Dyakov both booked to earn suspensions
  • Italy record eighth victory from nine competitive matches in Palermo
  • Next games: Azerbaijan v Italy, Croatia v Bulgaria (10 October)

Italy took a crucial step towards UEFA EURO 2016 qualification from Group H as a 1-0 scoreline against Bulgaria belied the hosts' dominance in a comfortable victory. 

Daniele De Rossi struck a composed penalty on six minutes before being sent off along with Bulgaria's Ilian Mitsanski ten minutes into the second half. The Italians' second home success in four days following their 1-0 win against Malta took them back to the top of the section two points clear of Norway, who beat early group pacesetters Croatia.

The hosts should have been ahead in the first minute, when Graziano Pellè side-footed Antonio Candreva's cross straight at Bozhidar Mitrev, with Stephan El Shaarawy firing over an acrobatic close-range attempt from the rebound.

However, fourth-placed Bulgaria's luck was out when Veselin Minev failed to anticipate a challenge from Candreva as he attempted to clear inside the area, managing only to make contact with the Azzurri midfielder while aiming for the ball. De Rossi's initial spot kick was ruled out for encroachment, but he held his nerve with a crisply struck effort to the right of goal. 

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Gianluigi Buffon enjoys another clean sheet

Antonio Conte's side continued to dominate, with a pair of chances falling to Candreva and Pellè, yet they still had goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to thank for a brilliant stop when De Rossi surrendered possession in the centre circle, enabling Mitsanski to surge to the edge of the box before unleashing a fierce goal-bound drive. 

Mitrev produced a stunning save at the beginning of the second half to repel Marco Parolo's deflected attempt, before a fiery period of play started with De Rossi and Mitsanski being shown red cards for an altercation following a challenge. Instead of the game opening up, however, Italy kept the ball from their opponents and closed out their eighth victory from nine competitive matches in Palermo.

Last updated: 08/09/15 0.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014004/postmatch/report/index.html#italy+inch+closer

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
3
A. AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
5
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
4
DarmianMatteo Darmian
6
MinevYordan Minev
Yellow Card58
Substitution64
6
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
Substitution86
10
PopovIvelin Popov
Substitution71
10
VerrattiMarco Verratti
14
MinevVeselin Minev
14
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Substitution72
15
ChochevIvaylo Chochev
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Goal6
Red Card55
17
MilanovGeorgi Milanov
18
ParoloMarco Parolo
19
MitsanskiIlian Mitsanski
Red Card55
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
21
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov (C)
Yellow Card85
20
PellèGraziano Pellè
Substitution73
22
NedelevTodor Nedelev
Substitution67

Substitutes

12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
13
MakendzhievBlagoy Makendzhiev (GK)
13
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
2
BandalovskiIvan Bandalovski
Substitution64
5
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
4
TerzievGeorgi Terziev
7
ZazaSimone Zaza
Substitution73
7
AlexandrovMihail Alexandrov
Substitution67
8
SorianoRoberto Soriano
8
RangelovDimitar Rangelov
Substitution71
Yellow Card80
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
9
V. HristovVentsislav Hristov
11
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Substitution72
11
ManolevStanislav Manolev
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
16
Ivo IvanovIvo Ivanov
17
ÉderÉder
Substitution86
18
SlavchevSimeon Slavchev
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
20
TonevAlexandar Tonev
22
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini
23
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
23
VázquezFranco Vázquez

Coach

Antonio Conte (ITA) Ivaylo Petev (BUL)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Igor Demeshko (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution