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Acquafresca keeps Italy rolling

Published: Tuesday 11 September 2007, 22.55CET
Albania 0-1 Italy
Robert Acquafresca celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring the only goal as Italy beat Albania in Durres.
by Paolo Menicucci

Match statistics

AlbaniaItaly

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 1: ITA / CRO / GRE / ALB / AZE / FRO

PPts
Italy Italy39
Croatia Croatia49
Greece Greece36
Albania Albania46
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands30
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan30
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:24 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Tuesday 11 September 2007, 22.55CET

Acquafresca keeps Italy rolling

Albania 0-1 Italy
Robert Acquafresca celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring the only goal as Italy beat Albania in Durres.

Robert Acquafresca celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring the only goal as Italy defeated Albania 1-0 in Durres to strengthen their grip at the top of Group 1 in qualifying for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Giovinco pass
Neither side created any serious opportunities in the first hour though Albania were arguably the better side, with Jahmir Hyka a constant threat to the Azzurrini defence. In the 70th-minute, however, Italy surprisingly took the lead when Cagliari Calcio striker Aquafresca latched on to Sebastian Giovinco's pass to beat the home side's offside trap before shooting in low at the far post.

Casiraghi upbeat
Italy had other chances on the counter but Giuseppe Rossi and Giovinco both missed the target from good positions while Albania were unable to find a way through despite some late pressure. "Albania played very well but we knew they were a good side," Italy coach Pierluigi Casiraghi said. "We did not play a good game but earned three important points." Italy, who also defeated the Faroe Islands on Friday, top the section on goal difference from Croatia with nine points from three games.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.17CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Italy

Italy

3
R. ArapiRenato Arapi
9
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca
Goal64
11
BakajElis Bakaj
4
CigariniLuca Cigarini
19
HykaJahmir Hyka
1
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
1
KoliçiEhea Koliçi (GK)
6
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
6
LilaAndi Lila (C)
8
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
Yellow Card84
7
MalindiEnco Malindi
Substitution33
7
DessenaDaniele Dessena
Yellow Card41
26
MileVangjel Mile
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution86
14
ProgmiGermard Progmi
Substitution82
5
MarzorattiLino Marzoratti
8
SefaJetmir Sefa
2
MottaMarco Motta (C)
13
ShoshiMaringlen Shoshi
Yellow Card9
11
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution76
9
SukajXheyahir Sukaj
Substitution73
3
PisanoFrancesco Pisano
Substitution42

Substitutes

12
OlsiBishani Olsi (GK)
17
LupoliArturo Lupoli
15
FaguErbim Fagu
Substitution33
14
RossiMarco Rossi
5
KarabeciErando Karabeci
16
RussottoAndrea Russotto
Substitution86
17
VilaEmilian Vila
Substitution82
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
18
CaniNevian Cani
Substitution73
Yellow Card85
13
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
Substitution42
Yellow Card90
16
RamaReinaldo Rama
15
MorosiniPiermario Morosini
Substitution76
4
VeliuFranc Veliu
18
PozziNicola Pozzi

Coach

Artan Bushati (ALB) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Norbert Schwab (AUT), Mario Strudl (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Gangl (AUT)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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