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Acquafresca keeps Italy ticking

Published: Friday 12 October 2007, 22.25CET
Italy 2-0 Croatia Pierluigi Casiraghi's Italy still have a 100 per cent record in Group 1 after Robert Acquafresca scored in each half.
Published: Friday 12 October 2007, 22.25CET

Acquafresca keeps Italy ticking

Italy 2-0 Croatia Pierluigi Casiraghi's Italy still have a 100 per cent record in Group 1 after Robert Acquafresca scored in each half.

Pierluigi Casiraghi's Italy still have a 100 per cent record in Group 1 after defeating Croatia 2-0 in Chieti with a goal in each half from Cagliari Calcio striker Robert Acquafresca.

Rossi assist
The visitors were arguably the more dangerous side in the early stages of the game but it was Italy who took the lead after 40 minutes when Acquafresca turned a low cross by Giuseppe Rossi from the left past Ivan Vargic. Acquafresca added his second 12 minutes into the second half, heading a cross by captain Marco Motta from the right inside the far post.

Crunch meeting
The Azzurrini continued to create opportunities with Sebastian Giovinco going close with a superb lob, then Rossi's close-range shot was well saved by Vargic. The win moved Italy three points clear of second-placed Croatia and Greece with Casiraghi's team travelling to the third-place side on Tuesday, a day before Croatia visit the Faroe Islands.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.15CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Croatia

Croatia

9
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca
Goal39
Goal57
Substitution69
9
BušićTomislav Bušić
4
CigariniLuca Cigarini
Yellow Card45+2
10
IličevićIvo Iličević
1
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
5
IpšaKristijan Ipša (C)
Yellow Card87
6
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
3
PamićManuel Pamić
Yellow Card20
7
DessenaDaniele Dessena
11
TadićJosip Tadić
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Yellow Card44
Substitution88
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
1
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
5
MarzorattiLino Marzoratti
Substitution71
2
BakovićDuje Baković
Yellow Card23
2
MottaMarco Motta (C)
4
D. DžidićDamir Džidić
Substitution75
11
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
7
JajaloMato Jajalo
Yellow Card64
3
RubinMatteo Rubin
8
Tomasov Marin Tomasov
Substitution62

Substitutes

16
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
16
Bošnjak MilijenkoMiljenko Bošnjak Milijenko
17
RussottoAndrea Russotto
Substitution69
14
DusparaDomagoj Duspara
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
15
KukecDavor Kukec
Substitution75
15
MorosiniPiermario Morosini
Substitution88
13
PrahicIgor Prahic
13
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
18
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Substitution62
18
PozziNicola Pozzi
12
JezinaAntonijo Jezina (GK)
14
SantacroceFabiano Santacroce
Substitution71
17
KerićAndrej Kerić

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Dražen Ladić (CRO)

Referee

Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Pedro Barcia Fernández (ESP)

Fourth official

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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