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Italy see off Spain to advance

Published: Tuesday 10 October 2006, 22.32CET
Spain 1-2 Italy (agg 1-2) The Azzurrini will be hoping to win their sixth crown in nine attempts after qualifying for the Netherlands.
by Lucy Turner
Italy see off Spain to advance
Giorgio Chiellini opened the scoring for Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainItaly

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 10 October 2006, 22.32CET

Italy see off Spain to advance

Spain 1-2 Italy (agg 1-2) The Azzurrini will be hoping to win their sixth crown in nine attempts after qualifying for the Netherlands.

Italy won 2-1 in Spain and on aggregate to ensure the UEFA European Under-21 Championship's most successful nation will be attempting to win a sixth crown in nine tournaments next summer.

First-half goals
After a goalless first match in Modena last Friday, first-half efforts from Giorgio Chiellini and Riccardo Montolivo secured Italy's ticket for the finals and rendered Roberto Soldado's strike for Spain - in the inaugural match at the Nueva Balastera Stadium in Palencia - as nothing more than a consolation. It also means the Azzurrini could come up against the side who knocked them out in 2006 in the 2007 edition, as the Netherlands will host the finals.

Clean sheets
With Pierluigi Casiraghi's side not having conceded a goal in qualifying before tonight's match, Spain knew they were in for a tough task once Chiellini had given Italy a 24th-minute lead. The Juventus defender, arguably his country's best player in the recent championship in Portugal, lifted a left-footed lob over Spain goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moyà from outside the penalty area to break the deadlock in style.

Montolivo volley
Having played brilliantly in the first leg, Moyà was beaten by another fine goal nine minutes later as Montolivo scored with a stunning volley. The goal left Spain needing three to progress, and home coach Iñaki Sáez brought on Soldado for Javier Arizmendi early in the second half as his side's task grew forlorn. The CA Osasuna striker reduced arrears by heading in Javier Garrido's cross just before the hour, although Spanish hopes were ended as Javier Flaño was sent off four minutes from time.

'Helpless'
Soldado said: "Although we controlled the game Italy scored two great goals. We know how they play, but we feel helpless because we were the better team."

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.40CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Italy

Italy

1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
2
Javier FlañoJavier Flaño
Yellow Card53
Red Card90+2
2
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
3
GarridoJavier Garrido
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini (C)
Goal25
4
MelliMelli (C)
4
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Yellow Card90+2
5
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
Yellow Card70
5
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
6
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
6
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
7
ArizmendiJavier Arizmendi
Substitution54
7
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Goal35
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Substitution46
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Yellow Card68
Substitution90
9
KepaKepa
Substitution46
9
PellèGraziano Pellè
10
SilvaDavid Silva
10
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution78
11
GavilánJaime Gavilán
11
PalladinoRaffaele Palladino
Substitution67

Substitutes

13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
12
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
14
De la RedRubén de la Red
Substitution46
13
PisanoFrancesco Pisano
Substitution90
17
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution54
15
PadoinSimone Padoin
Substitution67
18
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution46
Goal60
Yellow Card90+4
16
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
Substitution78
12
PiquéGerard Piqué
14
CodaAndrea Coda
15
ValeraJuan Valera
17
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
16
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
18
PozziNicola Pozzi

Coach

José Ignacio Sáez (ESP) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Gerald Lehner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Bernhard Zauner (AUT), Raimund Buch (AUT)

Fourth official

Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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