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Italy progress at Croatia's expense

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.58CET
Croatia 1-1 Italy
The Azzurrini stayed on course for Sweden next summer by booking a place in Friday's play-off draw – though not without suffering late nerves.
by Elvir Islamović
Italy progress at Croatia's expense
Marco Motta was on target for Italy ©UEFA.com
Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.58CET

Italy progress at Croatia's expense

Croatia 1-1 Italy
The Azzurrini stayed on course for Sweden next summer by booking a place in Friday's play-off draw – though not without suffering late nerves.

Perennial UEFA European Under-21 Championship finalists Italy stayed on course for Sweden next summer by booking a place in Friday's play-off draw with a 1-1 draw in Croatia – though not without suffering some late nerves.

Innocuous equaliser
Marco Motta's header eight minutes before half-time looked to have set the Azzurrini up for the minimum one-point haul needed to top Group 1, yet there was a sting in the tail in Varazdin. With eight minutes remaining, a seemingly innocuous Ivo Iličević free-kick swung into the area and somehow evaded everyone as it bounced into the net – dragging Croatia back into the game and leaving Italy with a testing finale.

Azzurrini wasteful
The visitors held on, though, consigning Croatia to second in the section and a runners-up position inferior to those of Belarus, France, Israel and Denmark, the four second-placed sides who joined the ten group winners in the play-off draw. Pierluigi Casiraghi's team would only have had themselves to blame had they lost. Having weathered an early storm, Italy took a deserved lead when Motta rose to head in Sebastian Giovinco's corner, then failed to press home their advantage. Giovinco was particularly guilty, blazing over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat. In the end, however, it mattered not.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.28CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Italy

Italy

1
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
1
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
2
ŠimekKarlo Šimek
Substitution46
2
MottaMarco Motta (C)
Goal38
3
PamićManuel Pamić
3
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
4
JajaloMato Jajalo
4
CigariniLuca Cigarini
Yellow Card64
5
IpšaKristijan Ipša (C)
5
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
6
KulusicAnte Kulusic
6
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
7
BadeljMilan Badelj
7
DessenaDaniele Dessena
10
IličevićIvo Iličević
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Yellow Card54
9
SmrekarMatija Smrekar
11
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
Substitution75
8
K. LjubičićKrešo Ljubičić
Substitution46
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution85
11
BrezovecJosip Brezovec
Yellow Card26
Substitution63
9
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Yellow Card21
Substitution60

Substitutes

12
JezinaAntonijo Jezina (GK)
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
13
VidaDomagoj Vida
Substitution46
Yellow Card84
13
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
14
MaločaMario Maloča
16
MorosiniPiermario Morosini
Substitution75
Yellow Card82
15
PrahicIgor Prahic
18
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution60
16
DinjarMarko Dinjar
15
BolzoniFrancesco Bolzoni
Substitution85
17
Tomasov Marin Tomasov
Substitution46
Goal82
17
PaolucciMichele Paolucci
18
KrižmanSandi Križman
Substitution63
14
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia

Coach

Dražen Ladić (CRO) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Said Ennjimi (FRA)

Assistant referees

David Benech (FRA), Frédéric Haquette (FRA)

Fourth official

Jean-Charles Cailleux (FRA)

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