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Holders establish ten-point cushion

Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 23.30CET
Italy 2-0 Scotland Second-half strikes from Rolando Bianchi and Alessandro Rosina earn a fifth Group 5 win.
Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 23.30CET

Holders establish ten-point cushion

Italy 2-0 Scotland Second-half strikes from Rolando Bianchi and Alessandro Rosina earn a fifth Group 5 win.

Holders Italy maintained their perfect record in qualifying for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship as a 2-0 win against Scotland extended Claudio Gentile's side's lead in Group 5 to ten points.

Solid Scots
At the Stadio Pietro Fortunati in Pavia, a solid Scottish side made lift difficult for the home team in the first 45 minutes, with Italy unable to break down a resolute rearguard. Rolando Bianchi failed to convert a presentable opportunity in the 12th minute, before Scotland goalkeeper Marshall produced a fine save to keep out Giampaolo Pazzini's effort a minute past the half-hour.

Decisive spell
It was a different story in the second period, however, and two goals in seven minutes finally ended Scottish hopes. On the hour, Marco Motta's right-win cross found Bianchi's header, and the striker duly collected his fourth goal of the competition. The win was secured six minutes later, Alessandro Rosina making the points safe with a long-range strike.

June games
Italy have now won all five of their games and continue their campaign at third-placed Norway on 3 June, the same day as Scotland - bottom of the table with two points from four games - play their next game, against Moldova.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.33CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Scotland

Scotland

1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
1
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
2
MottaMarco Motta
2
DowieAndy Dowie
3
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
3
MorrisonScott Morrison
4
BovoCesare Bovo
4
DiamondAlexander Diamond
Yellow Card88
5
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
5
BerraChristophe Berra
6
DonadelMarco Donadel (C)
6
M. WilsonMark Wilson
7
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Goal70
7
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
8
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
Substitution53
8
McCunnieJamie McCunnie (C)
9
BianchiRolando Bianchi
Goal65
9
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution79
10
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution85
10
RiordanDerek Riordan
Substitution88
11
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution76
11
BrownScott Brown

Substitutes

12
AgliardiFederico Agliardi (GK)
12
SamsonCraig Samson (GK)
13
PiccoloFelice Piccolo
13
CollinsNeil Collins
14
LovisoMassimo Loviso
14
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
15
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution85
15
RobertsonGregor Robertson
16
PaganoBiagio Pagano
Substitution53
16
FosterRichard Foster
17
ManniniDaniele Mannini
Substitution76
17
BrightonTom Brighton
Substitution79
18
PepeSimone Pepe
18
BoydKris Boyd
Substitution88

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) Rainer Bonhof (GER)

Referee

Marian Mircea Salomir (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Ionel Popa (ROU)

Fourth official

Robert Dumitru (ROU)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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