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Italy hit stunning form

Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.41CET
Italy 8-1 Wales Alberto Gilardino scores four as Italy move to verge of securing Group 9.
Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.41CET

Italy hit stunning form

Italy 8-1 Wales Alberto Gilardino scores four as Italy move to verge of securing Group 9.

Italy are on the verge of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying play-offs after a comprehensive 8-1 win against Wales.

Four for Gilardino
Already holding a perfect record from five Group 9 games, Italy stretched their lead to five points above Serbia and Montenegro with two games left, the way led by Parma AC's Alberto Gilardino, who scored four goals.

Opening goals
Gilardino's first came on 17 minutes as he headed in Gaetano D'Agostino's cross, and soon afterwards the same provider set up captain Matteo Brighi to double the lead.

Wales pull one back
David Vaughan pulled one back for Wales in the 27th minute with a quickly-taken free-kick, but Giuseppe Sculli's half-volley from a Giampiero Pinzi cross ensured Italy ended the half two goals to the good.

Hat-trick complete
It was 4-1 four minutes into the second half when Gilardino was set up by Pinzi. In the 64th minute, Pinzi's good game continued as he set up Sculli for Italy's fifth, and a Pinzi cross then also provided Gilardino's hat-trick goal as he headed in.

Victory secure
A fourth Gilardino goal arrived in the 86th minute, and although Wales then hit the post through David Pipe, Italy completed the scoring in stoppage time through AC Milan striker Marco Borriello.

One draw needed
Italy need only to draw in Serbia and Montenegro on Tuesday to secure first place and a play-off berth, when Wales can bounce back and move up into third if they win at home to Finland.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.55CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Wales

Wales

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
1
BrownJason Brown (GK) (C)
2
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo
2
PejicShaun Pejic
3
PisanoMarco Pisano
Substitution21
3
SomnerMatthew Somner
4
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
4
FowlerAnthony Lee Fowler
5
BoneraDaniele Bonera
5
ReesMatthew Rees
6
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
6
CollinsJames Collins
Substitution63
7
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
7
PipeDavid Ronald Pipe
8
BrighiMatteo Brighi (C)
Goal19
Substitution61
8
BroughMichael Brough
9
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal16
Goal49
Goal69
Goal81
9
GallKevin Alexander Gall
10
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
10
VaughanDavid Vaughan
Goal25
11
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Goal35
Goal64
Yellow Card65
Substitution69
11
WilliamsGareth Williams
Substitution22

Substitutes

12
PegoloGianluca Pegolo (GK)
21
WhitfieldMichael Whitfield (GK)
13
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
Substitution21
12
PriceDavid Michael Price
14
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
14
PowellLiam Powell
Substitution63
15
Dalla BonaSamuele Dalla Bona
15
MorganCraig Morgan
16
DonatiMassimo Donati
16
StockBrian Stock
17
PalomboAngelo Palombo
Substitution61
17
M. WilliamsMatthew Williams
Substitution22
Yellow Card62
18
BorrielloMarco Borriello
Substitution69
Goal90+3
18
JonesMark Alan Jones

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) James Shoulder (WAL)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Sergio Manuel Lacroix Pimenta (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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