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Ten-man Italy claim Olympic prize

Published: Friday 22 June 2007, 0.55CET
Portugal 0-0 Italy (aet, Italy win 4-3 on pens) Emiliano Viviano was the hero as ten-man Italy edged out Portugal to reach the Olympic Games on penalties.
by Andrew Haslam
from Goffert Stadion
Ten-man Italy claim Olympic prize
Raffaele Palladino of Italy leads the celebrations after Italy defeat Portugal on penalties ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalItaly

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target16
 
13
Corners13
 
5
Fouls committed38
 
28
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Published: Friday 22 June 2007, 0.55CET

Ten-man Italy claim Olympic prize

Portugal 0-0 Italy (aet, Italy win 4-3 on pens) Emiliano Viviano was the hero as ten-man Italy edged out Portugal to reach the Olympic Games on penalties.

Emiliano Viviano was the hero as ten-man Italy edged out Portugal in a penalty shoot-out in Nijmegen to end their UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign on a high note by claiming a place in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Shoot-out drama
Both sides came into this game having won their final group games last weekend but finished third in their respective sections. Neither was able to reproduce the attacking flair they had shown in their previous matches, however, with clear chances at a premium in a tense encounter. Italy lost Giuseppe Rossi to a second bookable offence late in the second period of normal time but held on to take the game to spot-kicks where Viviano saved from Manuel Fernandes. When Antunes placed Portugal's fifth penalty wide of the post Italy – for whom Graziano Pelle, with a nerveless chip, Riccardo Montolivo, Domenico Criscito and Raffaele Palladino all converted – could celebrate their Olympic berth.

Destination Beijing
The Alex Gaudino song "Destination Calabria" with its persistent refrain of "Destination unknown" played a prominent part in the pre-match build-up, but these two sides knew their preferred next stop precisely: Beijing in 14 months. With such a prize on offer it was perhaps little surprise that the match began cautiously although Italy might have taken an eleventh-minute lead, Rossi flicking just over after Alessandro Rosina had found Marco Motta for the right-back to send in a low cross. Ricardo Vaz Té and Nani then missed the target for Portugal who, after spending much of the early exchanges on the back foot, largely controlled the second half of the opening period.

Rossi frustrated
That territorial superiority nearly became a tangible advantage as Silvestre Varela cut inside from the right and unleashed a curling left-foot effort that slipped just past the far post. Seconds later Alberto Aquilani did likewise at the other end, although without the same air of menace, but Italy did come close to the opening goal again four minutes before the interval. Antonio Nocerino's pass gave Rossi the opportunity to sprint past three defenders but the forward could not beat goalkeeper Paulo Ribeiro, who blocked well before Antunes completed the clearance.

Rossi off
Nani was the first to threaten after the restart, swerving a shot just past Viviano's left-hand post, before the Azzurrini responded with a sweeping move from left to right involving Rossi, Aquilani and Rosina, the latter playing in Montolivo for a low angled drive Paulo Ribeiro blocked with his legs. Italy suffered a major setback 16 minutes from time as Rossi was dismissed after collecting a second yellow card for dissent though Portugal were unable to press home the numerical advantage, substitute Pelle twice and Giorgio Chiellini going close for Italy.

Portugal pressure
Nani opened the first period of extra time with another low shot past the post after a slick one-touch passing move before Miguel Veloso and Manuel Fernandes also sent efforts wide as Portugal pressed Italy back. João Moreira and João Moutinho were unable to take presentable opportunities early in the second additional half, before substitute Yannick Djaló blazed over with the goal at his mercy. Those misses proved costly as the Azzurrini, the most consistent side in Olympic history having participated in 14 Games, held their nerve in the shoot-out to continue their love affair with the event.

Last updated: 28/09/14 1.39CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Italy

Italy

1
Paulo RibeiroPaulo Ribeiro (GK)
12
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
3
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution106 ET
2
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini (C)
Yellow Card85
5
SemedoSemedo
4
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
8
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Yellow Card111 ET
6
MottaMarco Motta
10
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho (C)
Yellow Card120 ET
7
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
17
Ricardo Vaz TéRicardo Vaz Té
Substitution70
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Yellow Card75
18
NaniNani
9
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution55
19
VarelaSilvestre Varela
10
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution61
21
AntunesAntunes
11
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Yellow Card29
Red Card74
22
Manuel da CostaManuel da Costa
Yellow Card49
Substitution85
14
CriscitoDomenico Criscito

Substitutes

12
Ricardo BatistaRicardo Batista (GK)
22
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
23
João BotelhoJoão Botelho (GK)
5
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
2
AmoreirinhaAmoreirinha
13
CodaAndrea Coda
6
OrganistaOrganista
15
CaniniMichele Canini
7
Filipe OliveiraFilipe Oliveira
16
DessenaDaniele Dessena
11
GonçalvesJosé Gonçalves
17
RaggiAndrea Raggi
13
RolandoRolando
Substitution85
18
PadoinSimone Padoin
14
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
19
PellèGraziano Pellè
Substitution55
15
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
20
PalladinoRaffaele Palladino
Substitution61
16
MoreiraJoão Moreira
Substitution70
21
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
Substitution106 ET
23
CigariniLuca Cigarini

Coach

José Couceiro (POR) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Fourth official

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution