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Israel keep Azzurrini at bay

Published: Saturday 11 October 2008, 23.09CET
Italy 0-0 Israel
The Azzurrini dominated for much of the match without turning possession into meaningful chances as Israel held the five-times champions in Ancona.
by Roberta Radaelli
Israel keep Azzurrini at bay
Israel Under-21 coach Motti Iwanir ©Oded Karni

Match statistics

ItalyIsrael

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Saturday 11 October 2008, 23.09CET

Israel keep Azzurrini at bay

Italy 0-0 Israel
The Azzurrini dominated for much of the match without turning possession into meaningful chances as Israel held the five-times champions in Ancona.

Israel held Italy to a goalless draw in Ancona in the first leg of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off to leave the tie wide open when the sides meet again in Tel-Aviv on Wednesday.

Italy press
Italy dominated much of the match but were unable to turn possession into meaningful chances. Their best opportunity fell to Marco Motta who headed over on 17 minutes, giving Israel, who knocked out France at this stage of qualifying for the 2007 tournament, real cause for optimism as they bid to reach the finals for the second time.
 
Levita saves

The hosts got off to a fine start and Israel goalkeeper Ohad Levita was called into action after two minutes to beat away Luca Cigarini's free-kick. Sebastian Giovinco then fired wide from the edge of the area, before Motta sent his close-range header over the bar with less than 20 minutes played. Italy saw most of the ball for the remainder of the half, but it was Israel who came closer to breaking the deadlock when Bebars Natcho's 40th-minute free-kick went narrowly wide.
 
Creditable draw
Giovinco and his Juventus team-mate Claudio Marchisio were Italy's danger men during the second period, yet both were let down by poor finishing. At the other end, Israel continued to menace from free-kicks and, on 64 minutes, home goalkeeper Andrea Consigli did well to keep out Lior Rafaelov's attempt. Italy controlled proceedings for the final 20 minutes without – a chance for Pablo Osvaldo excepted – really threatening the Israel goal as Motti Iwanir's side hung on for a creditable draw.
 
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Italy coach Pierluigi Casiraghi said: "We played well, not brilliantly. We created a number of chances but didn't score. I think we did what we had to. We dominated the game except for the second part of the first half. Unfortunately a lot of players will be missing [Giovinco, Marchisio and Daniele Dessena through suspension] for the return leg, but we hope to have Mario Balotelli [absent here because of flu] back."

'No fear'
Israel coach Iwanir warned there was plenty of hard work ahead as he took pride in the performance. "We are satisfied by the result, but it's far from over," he said. "We showed the Italians we are not afraid of them or anyone. Tiny Israel came to Italy and played one of the giants of European and world football – and are walking away with our heads high."

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.23CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Israel

Israel

1
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
1
LevitaOhad Levita (GK)
2
MottaMarco Motta (C)
2
KendeOmri Kende
Yellow Card30
3
PisanoFrancesco Pisano
3
ChekolTayacho Chekol
4
CigariniLuca Cigarini
4
RoashOshri Roash
5
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
Substitution43
5
JanLior Jan (C)
Yellow Card85
6
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
6
YeiniSheran Yeini
7
DessenaDaniele Dessena
Yellow Card31
Substitution65
7
AssulinGai Assulin
Substitution85
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Yellow Card87
14
A. CohenAlmog Cohen
9
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca
Substitution62
8
NatchoBebras Natcho
Substitution57
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Yellow Card43
9
AbuhaziraShimon Abuhazira
11
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
11
AvidorYoval Avidor
Substitution54

Substitutes

12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
18
NitzanItamar Nitzan (GK)
13
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
Substitution43
16
MaymonShai Maymon
14
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
10
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution57
15
MorosiniPiermario Morosini
Substitution65
20
PeretzOmer Peretz
Substitution85
16
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
12
Ben Haim IITal Ben Haim II
Substitution54
Yellow Card73
17
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution62
17
KozokinShemoel Kozokin
18
LanzafameDavide Lanzafame
15
Ben BasatEden Ben Basat

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Motti Iwanir (ISR)

Referee

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Assistant referees

João Santos (POR), Sergio Manuel Lacroix Pimenta (POR)

Fourth official

Pedro Jorge Carvalheiro Henriques (POR)

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