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Italy rally to beat Norway and win Group H

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 22.37CET
Italy 2-1 Norway
Alessandro Florenzi and Graziano Pellè saved the day for the Azzurri, sending Antonio Conte's men to the top of Group H on the last matchday.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Stadio Olimpico

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Match statistics

ItalyNorway

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)59
 
41
Total attempts19
 
2
on target9
 
1
off target7
 
1
blocked3
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
2
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
7
Fouls suffered7
 
10

Standings

* Croatia have had 1 point(s) deducted

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 16/06/2017 10:40 CET
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Published: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 22.37CET

Italy rally to beat Norway and win Group H

Italy 2-1 Norway
Alessandro Florenzi and Graziano Pellè saved the day for the Azzurri, sending Antonio Conte's men to the top of Group H on the last matchday.

  • Alexander Tettey gives Norway lead with fine half-volley midway through first half
  • Ørjan Nyland makes series of crucial saves but Italy hit back
  • Alessandro Florenzi and Graziano Pellè score for Azzurri in last 17 minutes
  • Italy have not lost a competitive home game this century
  • Norway finish third and will compete in play-offs as Croatia pipped them for second

Italy came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 in Rome, secure pole position and preserve their unbeaten record in Group H – while condemning their rivals to a third-place finish and the UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs.

The Azzurri, who had booked qualification on Saturday, went close to taking an early lead when Graziano Pellé headed just wide after a precise cross by Mattia De Sciglio.

The hosts initially went for it, with full-backs Matteo Darmian and De Sciglio continuing to supply dangerous balls from the flanks. Norway, however, took the lead against the run of play midway through the first half when Alexander Tettey fired in a superb half-volley direct from a headed clearance by Giorgio Chiellini.

Tettey on his fine strike

Italy might have equalised ten minutes from the interval but Pellè nodded wide from close range after connecting with a neat Riccardo Montolivo delivery.

Ørjan Nyland then preserved Norway's advantage until the break, making strong saves from Pellè, Roberto Soriano and Alessandro Florenzi.

The Norway goalkeeper was decisive again early in the second period, rushing out to block Éder’s shot after the Italy forward had latched onto a long pass by Leonardo Bonucci.

Italy finally equalised when Norway centre-back Haitam Aleesami tried to chest down a cross from substitute Sebastian Giovinco; Florenzi ghosted in from behind to net from close range.

Nyland then denied Giovinco while Florenzi had a goal ruled out for offside before Pellè gave the Azzurri victory with a powerful volley. Norway, who had topped the group while leading 1-0, suddenly found themselves consigned to the play-offs after Croatia won in Malta.

Last updated: 15/10/15 0.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014072/postmatch/report/index.html#italy+remain+unbeaten

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Norway

Norway

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
12
NylandØrjan Nyland (GK)
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
3
HovlandEven Hovland
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
5
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Goal23
4
DarmianMatteo Darmian
8
JohansenStefan Johansen
8
SorianoRoberto Soriano
9
SøderlundAlexander Søderlund
Substitution60
9
PellèGraziano Pellè
Goal82
10
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Substitution72
14
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
16
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Goal73
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred (C)
Substitution51
17
ÉderÉder
Substitution62
16
AleesamiHaitam Aleesami
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution68
19
BergetJo Inge Berget
Substitution78
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
21
ForrenVegard Forren

Substitutes

12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
13
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
22
André HansenAndré Hansen (GK)
5
AstoriDavide Astori
2
SvenssonJonas Svensson
6
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
Substitution72
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg
7
ZazaSimone Zaza
6
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution62
7
KingJoshua King
Substitution60
11
BonaventuraGiacomo Bonaventura
11
ØdegaardMartin Ødegaard
14
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
13
SamuelsenJone Samuelsen
Substitution51
20
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
17
LinnesMartin Linnes
21
BertolacciAndrea Bertolacci
Substitution68
18
Veton BerishaVeton Berisha
22
SantonDavide Santon
20
SelnæsOle Selnæs
23
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
23
V. BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution78

Coach

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

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Achmüller (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Bastian Dankert (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution