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Montolivo strikes to sink Austria

Published: Tuesday 5 September 2006, 23.45CET
Italy 1-0 Austria After scoring against Iceland, Riccardo Montolivo was again on target for Italy as they reached the UEFA Under-21 Championship play-offs.
by Paolo Menicucci

Match statistics

ItalyAustria

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 5: ITA - AUT - ISL

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Italy Italy22002026
Austria Austria201101-11
Iceland Iceland201101-11
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:26 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Tuesday 5 September 2006, 23.45CET

Montolivo strikes to sink Austria

Italy 1-0 Austria After scoring against Iceland, Riccardo Montolivo was again on target for Italy as they reached the UEFA Under-21 Championship play-offs.

After scoring the winner against Iceland last week, ACF Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was again on target as the Azzurrini defeated Austria in Forli to qualify for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.

Austrian hope
Austria, who needed a victory to progress, were the better side in the early stages and went close to taking the lead in the eighth minute when Christian Thonhofer put Roman Kienast through one-on-one with Gianluca Curci but the AS Roma goalkeeper managed to parry the Austrian striker's shot. Italy reacted positively and Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer was forced to make a fine diving save to stop Graziano Pelle's header following a corner by Alessandro Rosina.

Creative surge
Midway into the first half, Italy started to show more initiative thanks to the creativity of Rosina and Giuseppe Rossi but the Azzurrini were not decisive enough in front of goal. Much as they did in the first half, Austria started the second period well and went close to opening the scoring through Thonhofer but his shot from just outside the penalty area flashed narrowly over the crossbar.

Montolivo strikes
Almer was then forced to rush out to dive at the feet of Andrea Lazzari, who had just replaced a tired-looking Rossi in attack and a minute later Curci dived to block a powerful right-foot drive by Martin Harnik. With seven minutes to play, Montolivo received a pass from Lazzari and gave Italy victory with a powerful and precise low, right-footed shot.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.41CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Austria

Austria

1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
1
AlmerRobert Almer (GK)
2
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
2
SchickerAndreas Schicker
Yellow Card62
Substitution85
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini (C)
3
MetzFlorian Metz
Substitution78
4
PadoinSimone Padoin
4
M. BergerMarkus Berger
Yellow Card42
5
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
5
PöllhuberAlexander Pöllhuber
6
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
6
FuchsChristian Fuchs
7
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Goal83
7
ThonhoferChristian Thonhofer
Yellow Card25
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution89
8
GaricsGyörgy Garics (C)
9
PellèGraziano Pellè
Substitution82
9
KienastRoman Kienast
Substitution62
10
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
10
IdrizajBesian Idrizaj
11
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution70
11
HarnikMartin Harnik

Substitutes

12
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
21
ÖzcanRamazan Özcan (GK)
15
MorosiniPiermario Morosini
Substitution89
15
WolfDaniel Wolf
Substitution78
17
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
Substitution70
16
KleinFlorian Klein
Substitution85
18
PozziNicola Pozzi
Substitution82
17
HofferErwin Hoffer
Substitution62
13
CodaAndrea Coda
13
HohenederNiklas Hoheneder
14
PisanoFrancesco Pisano
14
FürthalerMario Fürthaler
16
CigariniLuca Cigarini
18
SpirkRalph Spirk

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Manfred Zsak (AUT)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Ludek Lhotak (CZE)

Fourth official

Jan Jilek (CZE)

Legend:

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