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Chiellini leaves it late to lift Italy

Published: Saturday 27 May 2006, 0.15CET
Ukraine 0-1 Italy A last-gasp Giorgio Chiellini winner in Agueda has moved unbeaten Italy to first place in Group B.
by Patrick Hart
from Estádio Municipal de Agueda

Match statistics

ItalyUkraine

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners6
 
5
Fouls committed31
 
13
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B DEN / ITA / NED / UKR

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Italy Italy21104314
Ukraine Ukraine21012203
Denmark Denmark20204402
Netherlands Netherlands201123-11
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Saturday 27 May 2006, 0.15CET

Chiellini leaves it late to lift Italy

Ukraine 0-1 Italy A last-gasp Giorgio Chiellini winner in Agueda has moved unbeaten Italy to first place in Group B.

Ukraine's short reign at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group B is over after the tournament debutants were undone by another added-time Italian goal as past masters and title-holders Italy won 1-0 in Agueda. A game that could have swung either way was decided by Giorgio Chiellini's header as the Azzurrini, saved by a last-gasp strike against Denmark, again left it late.

Milevskiy key
It was tough on a Ukraine team who had gone stride to stride with their rivals. On the quarter-hour, Artem Milevskiy - man of the match against the Netherlands – collected possession with his back to goal, and with the Italy defence struggling to contain him, Olexandr Aliyev was able to let fly a 20-metre shot along the ground that went narrowly wide. Milevskiy, an appealing composite of strength and skill, not dissimilar to Zlatan Ibrahimović, again enhanced his reputation.

Lively exchanges
One of four changes to Olexiy Mykhaylychenko's side, Aliyev was a lively midfield presence. He had replaced Adrian Pukanych in charge of free-kicks, yet was on the receiving end when bravely blocking a set-piece from Cesare Bovo. Next it was the turn of Alessandro Rosina – one of two Italian alterations tonight - to impress, cutting into Ukraine's area and curling an effort that Andriy Pyatov stretched to save. Rosina would threaten again on the stroke of half-time, blasting over after Raffaele Palladino's clever feet had carried him into the box.

Off the line
Striker Palladino and fellow speed merchant Pasquale Foggia troubled Ukraine. Foggia drew the first yellow card, his quick turn and burst eliciting a foul from Grigoriy Yarmash. The winger sparked soon after, his close control allowing him to drag possession from halfway as far as the area where panic ensued and a corner resulted. Yarmash was back in credit by heading Michele Canini's header from Rosini's delivery off his line.

Panic stations
When Milevskiy reopened his box of tricks on 51 minutes, it was to slalom towards, inside and even outside the Italy danger zone, seeking a shooting opportunity that never quite materialised. Claudio Gentile's team responded with Bovo's strike from distance which, blocked, prompted a collective panic in Ukraine's back line. Centre-back Bovo also instigated a cute set-piece from the left that invited Palladino to shoot from seven metres, before a flailing leg intervened.

No end product
Still Italy pressed. Paolo Sammarco darted towards the area and asked Pyatov to save at a stretch. One wide man, Rosina, kept Ukraine back with a sequence of crosses and free-kicks. Another, Foggia, jinked into the opposition area before forcing Pyatov to tip clear. Suitably stung, the yellow shirts replied: Aliyev whipping in a ball that Michele Canini headed clear with substitute Ruslan Fomin set to pounce. The cat-and-mouse continued, yet just as it seemed neither side would be able to prey on the three points, Bovo fired over a set-piece which the unmarked Chiellini gratefully nodded in.

Carlsberg Man of the Match: Giorgio Chiellini

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.44CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2006/matches/round=1912/match=83597/postmatch/report/index.html#chiellini+leaves+late+lift+italy

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Ukraine

Ukraine

22
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
1
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
2
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
15
YarmashGrigoriy Yarmash
Yellow Card25
8
CaniniMichele Canini
6
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
3
BovoCesare Bovo
5
YatsenkoOlexandr Yatsenko (C)
Substitution79
6
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Yellow Card89
Goal90+3
2
RomanchukOleksandr Romanchuk
Yellow Card90+2
17
FoggiaPasquale Foggia
Substitution70
21
OberemkoAndriy Oberemko
21
SammarcoPaolo Sammarco
Yellow Card42
8
AliyevOlexandr Aliyev
4
DonadelMarco Donadel (C)
Yellow Card83
14
CheberyachkoYevhen Cheberyachko
20
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
16
KryvosheyenkoIvan Kryvosheyenko
Substitution46
19
PalladinoRaffaele Palladino
Yellow Card51
7
FeschukMaxym Feschuk
Substitution60
9
BianchiRolando Bianchi
Substitution62
10
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy

Substitutes

1
AgliardiFederico Agliardi (GK)
12
RybkaOlexandr Rybka (GK)
12
MiranteAntonio Mirante (GK)
22
ShirayevYevgen Shirayev (GK)
5
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
3
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko
Substitution79
7
PepeSimone Pepe
4
NevmyvakaDmytro Nevmyvaka
10
BiondiniDavide Biondini
9
PukanychAdrian Pukanych
11
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution62
11
FominRuslan Fomin
Substitution60
13
CodaAndrea Coda
13
PylypchukSerhiy Pylypchuk
14
DefendiMarino Defendi
Substitution70
17
MikhalikTaras Mikhalik
Substitution46
15
ScurtoGiuseppe Scurto
18
GodinOlexiy Godin
16
FerronettiDamiano Ferronetti
19
MaksymovOlexandr Maksymov
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
20
SytnikOlexandr Sytnik

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko (UKR)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Roger East (ENG), Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Fourth official

Duarte Gomes (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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