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Italy on target for title defence

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2005, 22.58CET
Italy 1-0 Hungary (agg. 2-1)
Gianpaolo Pazzini's goal saw off Hungary's play-off challenge on a rainy night in Fermo.

Match statistics

ItalyHungary

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2005, 22.58CET

Italy on target for title defence

Italy 1-0 Hungary (agg. 2-1)
Gianpaolo Pazzini's goal saw off Hungary's play-off challenge on a rainy night in Fermo.

Italy will have the chance to defend their UEFA European Under-21 Championship title after a 1-0 win against Hungary in torrential rain in Fermo earned them a 2-1 aggregate success in their play-off match. Gianpaolo Pazzini scored the decisive goal for the Azzurrini early in the second half.

One change
Italy coach Claudio Gentile made only one change from the team which earned a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Budapest, fielding Marino Defendi on the right wing in place of Daniele Galloppa. Meanwhile Antal Roth replaced the suspended Péter Mátéwith with Csaba Regedei in defence.

Heavy pitch
On an extremely heavy pitch, both sides failed to create many serious opportunities to score. Italy forward Simone Pepe wasted the best chance of the opening period, heading wide from close range after connecting with a precise cross by Paolo Sammarco.

Hungary improve
Hungary, however, were the better side in the final minutes before the interval and had the home side hemmed back inside their own half. Tamás Priskin posed a threat for the visitors even though Azzurrini goalkeeper Gianluca Curci remained a mere spectator.

Pazzini header
Three minutes into the second half, Italy took the lead. Pazzini won a ball in midfield and passed to Alessandro Rosina, who fed Giorgio Chiellini on the left. The Juventus FC left-back then crossed in and the on-rushing Pazzini headed home from close range.

Long-range shot
After breaking the deadlock Italy had the game under control and continued to threaten through Pepe and Pazzini, while Hungary's best effort on goal came with a long-range effort by Szabolcs Huszti which failed to trouble Curci.

Final push
A final Hungarian push prompted a stern rearguard action from Italy, with centre-backs Michele Canini and Cesare Bovo proving impressive. The Azzurrini, who have won five of the last seven U21 championships, already look like they will be strong candidates for a sixth next year.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.00CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Hungary

Hungary

1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
1
FülöpMárton Fülöp (GK)
2
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
16
RegedeiCsaba Regedei
3
BovoCesare Bovo
7
VanczákVilmos Vanczák
4
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Yellow Card87
4
JuhászRoland Juhász (C)
Yellow Card59
5
CaniniMichele Canini
2
TakácsZoltán Takács
6
DonadelMarco Donadel (C)
Yellow Card67
18
CzvitkovicsPéter Czvitkovics
Substitution62
7
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution70
6
VadóczKrisztián Vadócz
8
SammarcoPaolo Sammarco
14
SándorGyörgy Sándor
9
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Yellow Card25
Goal48
11
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
Substitution86
10
DefendiMarino Defendi
9
FeczesinRóbert Feczesin
11
PepeSimone Pepe
Substitution84
10
PriskinTamás Priskin
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
MiranteAntonio Mirante (GK)
13
KantaJozsef Kanta
13
CodaAndrea Coda
12
KovacsZoltán Kovacs (GK)
14
DellafioreHernán Dellafiore
5
VaskóTamás Vaskó
Substitution86
15
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
3
PollákZoltán Pollák
16
MottaMarco Motta
15
BankIstvan Bank
17
GalloppaDaniele Galloppa
Substitution70
8
BoriGábor Bori
Substitution62
18
PellèGraziano Pellè
Substitution84
17
MagasföldiJózsef Magasföldi
Substitution74

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) Antal Róth (HUN)

Referee

Michael Weiner (GER)

Assistant referees

Norbert Grudzinski (GER), Kai Voss (GER)

Fourth official

Babak Rafati (GER)

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