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Sculli keeps Azzurrini alive

Published: Saturday 29 May 2004, 23.35CET
Italy 2-1 Serbia and Montenegro Giuseppe Sculli scores twice as Italy win to revive their hopes.

Match statistics

ItalySerbia and Montenegro

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A(Host country: Germany)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Belarus Belarus21103214
Italy Italy21013303
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro21014403
Croatia Croatia201134-11
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:32 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Saturday 29 May 2004, 23.35CET

Sculli keeps Azzurrini alive

Italy 2-1 Serbia and Montenegro Giuseppe Sculli scores twice as Italy win to revive their hopes.

By Mark Bennett at the Ruhrstadion

Giuseppe Sculli struck twice as Italy bounced back from their opening-day defeat against Belarus to claim all three points from an entertaining UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group A game against Serbia and Montenegro in Bochum.

Every chance
Man-of-the-match Sculli was on target either side of the break and gave his team a well deserved win over the Serbo-Montenegrins, whose only goal came from Simon Vukcevic five minutes from time. The pre-tournament favourites are now back in with every chance of making the semi-finals.

Sweeping switches
Both coaches made three changes from the opening fixtures. Serbia and Montenegro coach Vladimir Petrovic looked to Dejan Milovanovic, Nikola Mijailovic and Simon Vukcevic in place of Dragan Stancic, Bosko Jankovic and Danko Lazovic, who is still nursing a thigh injury. With Daniele Bonera suspended, Italian coach Claudio Gentile decided to rest Matteo Brighi and Giampiero Pinzi, bringing in Cesare Bovo, Giandomenico Mesto and Daniele De Rossi.

Early control
Italy looked desperate not to make the mistake of letting Serbia and Montenegro control the early play after it cost them so dearly against Belarus. The Azzurrini constantly pushed players forward from the referee's first whistle and Petrovic's side struggled at times to match the Italians' pace.

Positive approach
Italy's positive approach almost paid dividends after nine minutes when Simone Del Nero headed a Marco Donadel cross towards goal, only to see his effort gathered by goalkeeper Vladimir Disljenkovic.

Open encounter
Alberto Gilardino was almost handed his second goal of the championship eleven minutes later. Disljenkovic and Djordje Jokic collided when trying to dispose of a Del Nero cross, but luckily for Serbia and Montenegro the goalkeeper recovered in time to cancel out the danger. Midway through the half Milos Maric tried his luck from long range at the other end but was unlucky to see his shot whistle over the bar.

Sculli strikes
Italy finally got the goal they needed to ease their nerves on the half-hour mark. Mesto, who set up Gilardino's strike against Belarus, sent a vicious cross from the right wing into the area where Sculli escaped his marker and tucked the ball past Disljenkovic.

Half-time replacements
Trailing by a goal at half-time, Petrovic took the risk of introducing Feyenoord striker Lazovic in place of Milovanovic, as well as replacing Disljenkovic with Nikola Milojevic.

Sculli celebrations
Serbia and Montenegro looked the brighter of the two teams in the opening minutes of the second half, but Milojevic was soon picking the ball out of his net. De Rossi released Gilardino on 53 minutes and the Parma AC striker squared the ball for Sculli to double his account from close range.

Late consolation
Serbia and Montenegro continued to press but had to wait until the closing stages before Vukcevic found the back of the net from long range and although they pushed for a leveller, the Italians held on for victory to move second in the group.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.50CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
22
DišljenkovićVladimir Dišljenković (GK)
Substitution45
2
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo (C)
3
MijailovićNikola Mijailović
3
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
5
JokićDjordje Jokić
6
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Substitution78
6
BašaMarko Baša
9
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Yellow Card12
8
LovreGoran Lovre
11
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Goal30
Goal53
Substitution83
9
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić (C)
13
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
10
MarićMiloš Marić
14
BovoCesare Bovo
13
NeziriBojan Neziri
Substitution68
15
DonadelMarco Donadel
15
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Substitution45
17
MestoGiandomenico Mesto
16
BiševacMilan Biševac
19
Del NeroSimone Del Nero
Substitution63
17
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Goal86

Substitutes

12
AgliardiFederico Agliardi (GK)
1
MilojevićNikola Milojević (GK)
Substitution45
22
ZottiCarlo Zotti (GK)
12
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
4
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
2
StančićDragan Stančić
7
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Substitution63
4
KrasićMiloš Krasić
8
PalomboAngelo Palombo
Substitution78
7
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution45
10
BrighiMatteo Brighi
Substitution83
Yellow Card90+2
11
MatićIgor Matić
Substitution68
16
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
14
MiladinovićBojan Miladinović
18
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
18
PetrovicBranimir Petrovic
20
CaraccioloAndrea Caracciolo
19
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
20
JankovićBoško Janković
21
DjalovićRadomir Djalović

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) Vladimir Petrović (SRB)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE)

Fourth official

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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