The official website for European football

Ten-man Italy spoil Sweden's party

Published: Saturday 20 June 2009
Sweden 1-2 Italy
The Azzurrini won the Group A spoils on Midsummer national day despite the first-half dismissal of opening goalscorer Mario Balotelli.
by Michael Harrold
from Olympia

Match statistics

SwedenItaly

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target12
 
4
Corners1
 
1
Fouls committed23
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Group A(Host country: Sweden)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Italy Italy21102114
Sweden Sweden21016333
Serbia Serbia20200002
Belarus Belarus201115-41
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Saturday 20 June 2009

Ten-man Italy spoil Sweden's party

Sweden 1-2 Italy
The Azzurrini won the Group A spoils on Midsummer national day despite the first-half dismissal of opening goalscorer Mario Balotelli.

Italy took a decisive step towards the semi-finals with a 2-1 win against Sweden in Group A despite playing nearly an hour with ten men following Mario Balotelli's dismissal.

Acquafresca decisive
The FC Internazionale Milano striker had opened the scoring midway through the half with a terrific curling shot, but seven minutes before the break he kicked out at Pontus Wernbloom and was shown a straight red card. Sweden pressed after the break but were unable to make their numerical advantage tell, falling further behind on 53 minutes when Robert Acquafresca headed in. It meant Ola Toivonen's late strike was mere consolation.

Sweden press
The home fans were out in strength on Midsummer national holiday and their team looked to pick up from where they left off in their 5-1 win against Belarus. They were almost given a dream start when Salvatore Bocchetti's mis-hit back pass let Marcus Berg – the hat-trick hero against Belarus – through on goal. Italy goalkeeper Andrea Consigli was quickly off his line to hassle the striker into a wayward pass of his own. Sweden, though, had seized the initiative and moments later Mikael Lustig narrowly headed over. Consigli had to be alert again on 12 minutes to hold Rasmus Elm's low, deflected free-kick at his right post.

Balotelli opener
Italy coach Pierluigi Casiraghi had kept faith with his front three of Acquafresca, Sebastian Giovinco and Balotelli, and the trio combined well on 18 minutes. Balotelli's first-time ball picked out Giovinco, whose pass was fractionally too long for Acquafresca. The warning signs were there and five minutes later Italy were ahead. The increasingly influential Giovinco found Balotelli on the left with a chipped pass and the striker cut inside before sending a wonderful curling shot beyond Johan Dahlin.

Red card
Giovinco was running the game and showed his confidence with an audacious chipped shot from near the centre circle that had Dahlin back-pedalling before gratefully seeing the ball land on the roof of the net. Italy's ascendancy, however, was short-lived. An increasingly ill-tempered game had already featured three Swedish bookings when Balotelli kicked out at the prone Wernbloom and was dismissed. Sweden had fallen behind in their three previous matches yet recovered to win and they scented a chance again here, Emir Bajrami firing over before the break. Two minutes after the restart Berg also came close when he lashed a shot across the face of goal. It was Italy, though, who struck next. Giovinco won a free-kick near the corner flag and took it himself, whipping a ball into the near post where Acquafresca, the Azzurrini's top scorer in qualifying, gleefully headed into the far corner.

Toivonen consolation
Sweden rallied and twice Toivonen dragged wide when well placed while Consigli got down sharply to keep out Wernbloom's low strike. Sweden introduced Labinot Harbuzi and Martin Olsson midway through the half and the latter twice came close before the hosts' pressure finally told a minute from time as Toivonen lashed in. It came too late to save the game, however, and Italy will face Belarus on Tuesday confident of claiming a place in the last four while Sweden have it all to do against Serbia.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.27CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2009/matches/round=15086/match=304489/postmatch/report/index.html#ten+italy+spoil+swedens+party

Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Italy

Italy

1
DahlinJohan Dahlin (GK)
1
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
Yellow Card90
2
LustigMikael Lustig
2
MottaMarco Motta (C)
Yellow Card72
3
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr (C)
3
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
4
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
5
JohanssonEmil Johansson
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Substitution89
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Yellow Card29
Goal89
9
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca
Goal53
Substitution76
9
BergMarcus Berg
Yellow Card76
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution62
13
SvenssonGustav Svensson
Substitution66
11
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
18
ElmRasmus Elm
15
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
19
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Yellow Card37
20
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Goal23
Red Card38
20
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution66
21
CigariniLuca Cigarini

Substitutes

12
HanssonPär Hansson (GK)
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
23
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
22
SeculinAndrea Seculin (GK)
6
KarlssonPer Karlsson
5
MorosiniPiermario Morosini
8
LandgrenAndreas Landgren
6
MarzorattiLino Marzoratti
10
AvdicDenni Avdic
7
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution62
11
SöderRobin Söder
13
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
Substitution76
14
MolinsGuillermo Molins
14
PisanoFrancesco Pisano
15
HarbuziLabinot Harbuzi
Substitution66
16
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
16
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
17
PoliAndrea Poli
17
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
Substitution66
18
CerciAlessio Cerci
21
ÖzkanGabriel Özkan
19
PaloschiAlberto Paloschi
22
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
23
DessenaDaniele Dessena
Substitution89

Coach

Tommy Söderberg (SWE) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Nissan Davidy (ISR)

Fourth official

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship logo and trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.