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Italy comeback deflates Denmark

Published: Wednesday 24 May 2006, 22.30CET
Italy 3-3 Denmark
Rolando Bianchi rescued the holders in the final minute from a first-night defeat by the Scandinavians.
by Michael Harrold
from Estádio Municipal de Aveiro

Match statistics

ItalyDenmark

Goals scored3
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
8
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners5
 
6
Fouls committed16
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B DEN / ITA / NED / UKR

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Ukraine Ukraine11002113
Denmark Denmark10103301
Italy Italy10103301
Netherlands Netherlands100112-10
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Wednesday 24 May 2006, 22.30CET

Italy comeback deflates Denmark

Italy 3-3 Denmark
Rolando Bianchi rescued the holders in the final minute from a first-night defeat by the Scandinavians.

Substitute Rolando Bianchi's added-time goal earned Italy a dramatic late point from a thrilling 3-3 draw against Denmark in Aveiro.

Italy revival
The holders were on their way to defeat when Bianchi fired past Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard to complete a terrific comeback after falling 3-1 down. Alessandro Potenza had given the Azzurrini an early lead, but goals from Rasmus Würtz, Thomas Kahlenberg and Leon Andreasen looked to have given Denmark the points until Raffaele Palladino and Bianchi struck back.

Italy ahead
Italy worked the first clear opening in the eighth minute when Paolo Sammarco's low shot was well held by Ellegaard. They had been finding their range and they struck with 15 minutes played. Pasquale Foggia crossed from the right to Potenza who tapped in at the far post. The holders might have had another four minutes later, Palladino curling a shot wide after being sent clear.

Denmark level
Having survived that scare, Denmark took command. Gianluca Curci, preferred in goal to Federico Agliardi, had not had a save to make before, on 21 minutes, the ball fell to Würtz who drilled a low shot through a crowd of bodies and in. Italy had failed to clear Daniel Agger's corner and paid the penalty.

Kahlenberg scores
The height of 18-year-old Niklas Bendtner, clearly relishing this chance just one week after making his debut at this level, was causing Italy problems, but Denmark were not restricted to the aerial game. Pushing forward from midfield, Martin Bergvold’s shot was well parried by Curci before Denmark struck again on 32 minutes. Curci came to punch clear a cross but only got the ball as far as Würtz who shot at the unguarded net. Giorgio Chiellini blocked but the ball fell to Kahlenberg who rolled it in.

Andreasen strike
Denmark were now in complete control and twice in quick succession Kahlenberg then Bergvold shot narrowly wide. The neutrals in Alveiro had been won over by Denmark’s enterprising play and they had more to cheer five minutes before the break when Andreasen fired in a free-kick to leave Flemming Serritslev’s side deservedly, if somewhat surprisingly, 3-1 up at the break.

Late goal
Italy coach Claudio Gentile brought on Alessandro Rosina on 55 minutes and the substitute almost scored with his first touch, rifling a shot off the post as Italy stepped up the pressure. They made it count on 61 minutes when Palladino headed in Cesare Bovo's free-kick, swinging the momentum back Italy's way. Kahlenberg, however, should have added a fourth for Denmark when clean through seven minutes from time, and Bianchi made him pay. Italy next play Ukraine on Friday while Denmark take on the Netherlands.

Carlsberg Man of the Match: Rasmus Würtz

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.45CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Denmark

Denmark

22
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
1
EllegaardKevin Stuhr Ellegaard (GK)
2
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
Goal16
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen
3
BovoCesare Bovo
3
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
Goal41
8
CaniniMichele Canini
4
AggerDaniel Agger
6
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
17
TroestJonas Troest
17
FoggiaPasquale Foggia (C)
6
WürtzRasmus Würtz (C)
Goal21
Yellow Card60
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
Yellow Card40
7
BergvoldMartin Bergvold
21
SammarcoPaolo Sammarco
9
KamperJonas Kamper
14
DefendiMarino Defendi
Substitution55
10
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
Goal33
11
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Yellow Card59
Substitution68
20
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
Substitution73
19
PalladinoRaffaele Palladino
Goal61
21
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
AgliardiFederico Agliardi (GK)
16
T. RasmussenTheis Rasmussen (GK)
5
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
5
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
7
PepeSimone Pepe
8
Jacob SørensenJacob Sørensen
Substitution73
9
BianchiRolando Bianchi
Substitution68
Goal90
11
M. RasmussenMorten Rasmussen
10
BiondiniDavide Biondini
12
J. PoulsenJakob Poulsen
12
MiranteAntonio Mirante (GK)
13
ZimlingNiki Zimling
13
CodaAndrea Coda
14
KildentoftHenrik Kildentoft
15
ScurtoGiuseppe Scurto
15
F. HansenFrank Hansen
16
FerronettiDamiano Ferronetti
18
ThygesenMikkel Thygesen
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
19
AbsalonsenJohan Absalonsen
20
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution55
22
J. HansenJesper Hansen (GK)

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) Flemming Serritslev (DEN)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shmuel Shteif (ISR), Geir Åge Holen (NOR)

Fourth official

Pedro Proença (POR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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