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Solitary strike upsets Italy

Published: Tuesday 12 June 2007, 0.05CET
Serbia 1-0 Italy Dejan Milovanović's 63rd-minute drive earned Serbia maximum plunder against the Azzurrini in Nijmegen.
by Andrew Haslam
from Nijmegen

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Match statistics

SerbiaItaly

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
8
Corners2
 
3
Fouls committed30
 
28
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B CZE / ENG / SRB / ITA(Host country: Netherlands)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Serbia Serbia11001013
Czech Republic Czech Republic10100001
England England10100001
Italy Italy100101-10
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 12 June 2007, 0.05CET

Solitary strike upsets Italy

Serbia 1-0 Italy Dejan Milovanović's 63rd-minute drive earned Serbia maximum plunder against the Azzurrini in Nijmegen.

Serbia seized the early initiative in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group B as Dejan Milovanović's fine second-half strike earned three points against five-time winners Italy in Nijmegen.

Missed chances
In what is widely considered the oldest city in the Netherlands, the new generation of continental superstars showed how one of football's strongest traditions - the failure to take chances proving costly - still holds true in the modern game. Italy spurned three excellent first-half opportunities and were made to pay 18 minutes into the second half when Milovanović, one of four Serbia players on show who were involved in the 2004 final defeat by Italy, drilled in the only goal from distance. Serbia next play the Czech Republic, who drew 0-0 with Italy's next opponents England earlier in the day, on Thursday.

Counterattack danger
Serbia coach Miroslav Djukić had said he expected Italy to allow his side to control the pace of the match while looking to threaten on the counterattack, and so it proved as the Serbs - the top scorers in qualifying among the eight finalists with ten goals in four games - pressed forward from the outset. They struggled to unpick a typically well-drilled Italy defence, however, and it was the Azzurrini who menaced first, Raffaele Palladino and Alberto Aquilani fashioning a chance for Giampaolo Pazzini on the edge of the area. The ACF Fiorentina striker had hit a hat-trick in Italy's last U21 outing, against England in March, but this time his shot slipped past the post.

Kahriman saves
Italy then lost goalkeeper Gianluca Curci, who limped off with a groin strain, but his replacement Emiliano Viviano had little to do as Pierluigi Casiraghi's team began to take command. Serbia keeper Damir Kahriman got down smartly to gather Riccardo Montolivo's low effort and touched Palladino's attempt wide after the midfielder had latched on to Giorgio Chiellini's through-ball, although the Azzurrini should have been ahead before then. Alessandro Rosina, becoming the first Italian to take part in three U21 finals, sprang Serbia's offside trap with a lofted pass that found Palladino in the clear, but again the forward could only steer a shot wide.

Milovanović winner
Serbia started the second period on the front foot and Milan Smiljanić's curling drive forced Viviano into gainful employment for the first time. Substitute Zoran Tošić then flashed a shot over yet Italy failed to heed the warning and fell behind three minutes past the hour. Two of the veterans of 2004 were involved, Boško Janković's attempted flick falling perfectly for Milovanović to thump an unstoppable 25-metre effort low into the corner of the net. The Italy keeper then kept out the goalscorer's free-kick, which looked destined to find the other corner, although Pazzini wasted a glorious chance to equalise in added time, heading over Andrea Raggi's cross as one goal proved enough for a jubilant Serbia.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.37CET

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Italy

Italy

1
KahrimanDamir Kahriman (GK)
Yellow Card88
1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
Substitution22
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović (C)
2
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
3
RukavinaAntonio Rukavina
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini (C)
Yellow Card17
6
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
4
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
7
SmiljanićMilan Smiljanić
5
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
8
JankovićBoško Janković
Yellow Card18
7
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
10
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Goal63
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution82
11
TošićDuško Tošić
9
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
14
BabovićStefan Babović
Yellow Card76
Substitution76
10
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution32
17
RaggiAndrea Raggi
18
MrdjaDragan Mrdja
Yellow Card75
Substitution83
20
PalladinoRaffaele Palladino
Substitution74

Substitutes

23
KesićAleksandar Kesić (GK)
12
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
Substitution22
4
RnićNemanja Rnić
22
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
5
KačarGojko Kačar
6
MottaMarco Motta
9
RakićDjordje Rakić
Substitution83
11
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution74
13
DrinčićNikola Drinčić
Substitution76
13
CodaAndrea Coda
15
PavlovićPredrag Pavlović
14
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
16
IveljaDjordje Ivelja
15
CaniniMichele Canini
19
BastaDušan Basta
16
DessenaDaniele Dessena
20
RajkovićSlobodan Rajković
18
PadoinSimone Padoin
21
TošićZoran Tošić
Substitution32
19
PellèGraziano Pellè
Substitution82
22
PetkovićNikola Petković
21
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
23
CigariniLuca Cigarini

Coach

Miroslav Djukic (SRB) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Manuel Navarro (SUI)

Fourth official

Björn Kuipers (NED)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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