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Moyà heroics keep Italy at bay

Published: Saturday 7 October 2006, 0.40CET
Italy 0-0 Spain A stellar display from goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Moyà helped Spain leave Modena with a draw ahead of Tuesday's return fixture.
by Paolo Menicucci

Match statistics

ItalySpain

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Saturday 7 October 2006, 0.40CET

Moyà heroics keep Italy at bay

Italy 0-0 Spain A stellar display from goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Moyà helped Spain leave Modena with a draw ahead of Tuesday's return fixture.

Solid defending and a faultless display from RCD Mallorca goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Moyà helped Spain earn a precious goalless draw against Italy in Modena in the first leg of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off.

Cagey start
In a balanced first half, both sides showed their respect for each other as a cagey opening failed to produce any serious goalscoring opportunities. Five-time champions Italy had the better of possession but were reluctant to risk all in attack while their opponents, twice previous winners, remained comfortable in defence.

Italy chances
The Azzurrini were more adventurous as the first half wore on, however. Playmaker Riccardo Montolivo, who scored both of his country's goals in the group stage, tried his luck with a low right-foot shot from 25 metres but the ball whistled just wide of Moyà's post. Antonio Nocerino also went close just before the break, heading over the bar from Alessandro Rosina's free-kick.

Rosina unlucky
Italy began the second half in more attacking mode and threatened to make the breakthrough when Rosina dribbled past two opponents and forced Moyà to dive to his left to deflect an effort from outside the box past the post. Spain responded with an attack of their own as Kepa Blanco's drive was fisted away in the 70th minute by goalkeeper Giancluca Curci.

Moyà heroics
With ten minutes remaining Italy passed up another good opportunity when second-half substitute Giuseppe Rossi prompted a superb stop from Moyà, the keeper flying to his right to palm the shot around the post. Moyà was called into action again a minute from time when he deflected a close-range header from Marco Andreolli over the bar. It was from the resulting corner that Italy squandered perhaps their best chance of taking a lead into Tuesday's second leg, as Graziano Pellè fired the rebound wide after Moyà could only parry a long-range attempt from Montolivo.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.41CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Spain

Spain

1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
2
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
2
Javier FlañoJavier Flaño
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini (C)
3
GarridoJavier Garrido
4
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Yellow Card62
4
MelliMelli (C)
Yellow Card38
5
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
5
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
6
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
6
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
7
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
7
ArizmendiJavier Arizmendi
Substitution77
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Yellow Card23
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
9
PozziNicola Pozzi
Substitution69
9
KepaKepa
10
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Yellow Card75
Substitution83
10
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution72
11
PalladinoRaffaele Palladino
Substitution57
11
GavilánJaime Gavilán
Yellow Card22

Substitutes

12
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
16
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
Substitution83
16
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution77
17
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution57
17
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution72
18
PellèGraziano Pellè
Substitution69
12
PiquéGerard Piqué
13
PisanoFrancesco Pisano
14
De la RedRubén de la Red
14
CodaAndrea Coda
15
ValeraJuan Valera
15
PadoinSimone Padoin
18
SoldadoRoberto Soldado

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) José Ignacio Sáez (ESP)

Referee

Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Assistant referees

Andrej Kokolj (SVN), Milan Kogej (SVN)

Fourth official

Matej Jug (SVN)

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