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Mustacchio strike lifts Italy above Wales

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 20.00CET
Italy 1-0 Wales
Mattia Mustacchio's strike left the hosts top of Group 3, with coach Pierluigi Casiraghi "really, really happy" to be in the play-offs.
by Marco Ghighi
from Adriatico Stadium
Mustacchio strike lifts Italy above Wales
Mattia Mustacchio celebrates Italy's winner against Wales ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 20.00CET

Mustacchio strike lifts Italy above Wales

Italy 1-0 Wales
Mattia Mustacchio's strike left the hosts top of Group 3, with coach Pierluigi Casiraghi "really, really happy" to be in the play-offs.

Italy took top spot in Group 3 and a place in the 2010/11 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs with a narrow win against their nearest rivals in Pescara.

A draw for Wales would have been enough to take them into Friday's draw, but Mattia Mustacchio's strike handed the three points to Pierluigi Casiraghi's side, who reached the semi-finals of the 2009 edition in Sweden only to lose 1-0 to eventual winners Germany. As for Brian Flynn's Wales, they have not qualified for the play-offs as one of the four best runners-up.

The only goal of the game came after just 14 minutes, with a fine cross from Luca Marrone picking out winger Mustacchio to score his first international goal at this level via a finish into the far corner. It was a relief for coach Casiraghi, whose side also held their nerve to win another crucial qualifier in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the same margin on Friday.

"We played very well in two very important matches, winning both 1-0," said the former Juventus, S.S. Lazio and Chelsea FC striker. "I'm really, really happy, even though I know we haven't reached our target yet. If you look back at where we were two months ago, I have to be proud of my players and myself too.

"Andrea Ranocchia and Angelo Ogbonna are great defenders," he added. "Thanks to them and their team-mates we didn't get into any trouble against Bosnia and Herzegovina or Wales."

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.27CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Wales

Wales

1
MannoneVito Mannone (GK)
1
MaxwellChris Maxwell (GK)
2
SchelottoEzequiel Schelotto
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Substitution34
3
AriaudoLorenzo Ariaudo
Yellow Card59
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
4
BolzoniFrancesco Bolzoni
4
KingAndy King
5
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia (C)
5
EardleyNeal Eardley
6
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
6
MorrisAaron Morris
7
MustacchioMattia Mustacchio
Goal14
Substitution74
7
AllenJoe Allen
Substitution80
8
MarroneLuca Marrone
Substitution56
8
BradleyMark Bradley
Yellow Card55
Substitution56
9
OkakaStefano Okaka
Substitution80
9
Robson-KanuHal Robson-Kanu
10
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
10
ChurchSimon Church
11
MarilungoGuido Marilungo
Yellow Card59
11
MacDonaldShaun MacDonald (C)
Yellow Card59

Substitutes

12
PerinMattia Perin (GK)
12
CornellDavid Cornell (GK)
13
AngellaGabriele Angella
13
StephensDavid Stephens
14
D'AmbrosioDanilo D'Ambrosio
Substitution74
14
RichardsAshley Richards
Substitution34
15
SorianoRoberto Soriano
Substitution56
15
DobleRyan Doble
Substitution56
16
PasquatoCristian Pasquato
16
PartingtonJoseph Partington
17
BoriniFabio Borini
17
J. TaylorJake Taylor
18
DestroMattia Destro
Substitution80
18
WilliamsMarc Williams
Substitution80

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Brian Flynn (WAL)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Wilco Lobbert (NED), Coen Droste (NED)

Fourth official

Kamphuis Jochem (NED)

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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