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Unbeaten Italy stay in control

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2007, 23.28CET
Greece 2-2 Italy
Italy remained undefeated and in command of Group 1 after drawing against Greece in Athens.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from Athens
Unbeaten Italy stay in control
Giuseppe Rossi was on the scoresheet again ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2007, 23.28CET

Unbeaten Italy stay in control

Greece 2-2 Italy
Italy remained undefeated and in command of Group 1 after drawing against Greece in Athens.

Italy remained undefeated and in command of UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 1 after drawing 2-2 against Greece at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium in Athens.

Headed opener
The home side took a deserved lead in the 19th minute with a header by Antonis Petropoulos but Italy then took control of the encounter. They had to wait until the 62nd minute to equalise, though, when a powerful long-range shot by Giuseppe Rossi found the target. With ten minutes remaining a textbook combination between Sebastian Giovinco and Daniele Dessena allowed the latter to unleash a clever shot from just inside the box that gave Italy the lead.

Late penalty
However, Nikolaos Nioplias' side reacted well and managed to clinch a point when substitute Konstantinos Mitroglou converted an 87th-minute penalty after Grigorios Makos had been brought down by Domenico Criscito. Pierluigi Casiraghi's side moved on to 13 points from five matches with Greece in second spot, three points adrift.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.13CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Italy

Italy

10
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution82
9
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca
Substitution76
3
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
Yellow Card56
1
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
1
KasmeridisAlexandros Kasmeridis (GK)
6
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
Yellow Card41
7
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution80
7
DessenaDaniele Dessena
Goal81
6
MakosGrigoris Makos (C)
Yellow Card69
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution80
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
9
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
Goal19
Yellow Card79
5
MarzorattiLino Marzoratti
5
TzavellasGiorgos Tzavellas
2
MottaMarco Motta (C)
8
RikkaAntonis Rikka
11
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Yellow Card59
Goal62
4
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
3
RubinMatteo Rubin
Substitution36
11
DimoutsosElini Dimoutsos
Substitution66
4
MorosiniPiermario Morosini

Substitutes

17
AravidisChristos Aravidis
15
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
16
IliadisStilianos Iliadis
16
PaonessaGabriele Paonessa
18
KiliarasDimitrios Kiliaras
Substitution80
17
RussottoAndrea Russotto
Substitution80
Yellow Card90
13
TripotserisTheodoros Tripotseris
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
14
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution82
Goal88
13
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
Substitution36
Yellow Card88
12
KiriakidisDimitrios Kiriakidis (GK)
18
PozziNicola Pozzi
Substitution76
15
PliatsikasVassilis Pliatsikas
Substitution66
Yellow Card90
14
SantacroceFabiano Santacroce

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Tobias Welz (GER), Tobias Stieler (GER)

Fourth official

Evgueni Volnin (RUS)

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