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Draw leaves Italy playing catch-up

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 21.36CET
Italy 1-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina
The visitors secured their first Group 3 point in the most unlikely of places to leave the five-time winners well adrift of leaders Wales.
by Paolo Menicucci
Draw leaves Italy playing catch-up
Mario Balotelli had a late chance for Italy ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 21.36CET

Draw leaves Italy playing catch-up

Italy 1-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina
The visitors secured their first Group 3 point in the most unlikely of places to leave the five-time winners well adrift of leaders Wales.

Bosnia-Herzegovina secured their first Group 3 point in the most unlikely of places as they held Italy to a 1-1 draw in Mantova which leaves the five-time winners well adrift of pacesetters Wales.

Bright start
The Azzurrini started well and took the lead after eight minutes when Guido Marilungo gave a lovely pass from midfielder Andrea Poli the finish it deserved. It looked like the start of a routine victory for the visitors but the Bosnians had not read the script and equalised with 30 minutes played when Josip Corić curled in from just inside the penalty area.

Attacking trident
Pierluigi Casiraghi's side pressed for the majority of the second half while only forcing home goalkeeper Ibrahim Šehić into action on a couple of occasions, the first to keep out an Angelo Ogbonna header after the centre-back met Mario Balotelli's corner. The No1 also denied Balotelli near the end, by which time Federico Macheda and Alberto Paloschi were playing alongside the FC Internazionale Milano forward.

Wales on top
Italy are nine points behind Wales, 2-0 victors against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, with two games in hand. They next meet the side immediately above them, Hungary, in Gyor on 13 November.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.07CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1
SeculinAndrea Seculin (GK)
1
ŠehićIbrahim Šehić (GK)
2
BellusciGuiseppe Bellusci
2
SavićBoris Savić
3
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri (C)
3
SubašićMuhamed Subašić
4
CastigliaIvan Castiglia
Substitution60
4
BunozaGordan Bunoza
5
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
5
ŠunjićToni Šunjić
Yellow Card68
6
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
Yellow Card71
6
KisoNenad Kiso
7
SorianoRoberto Soriano
Substitution79
7
GalešićGoran Galešić
Substitution85
8
PoliAndrea Poli
Yellow Card75
10
DzaficAdin Dzafic (C)
Yellow Card54
9
PaloschiAlberto Paloschi
11
ĆorićJosip Ćorić
Goal30
Yellow Card60
Substitution90
10
BalotelliMario Balotelli
15
MiljkovićEmil Miljković
Substitution77
11
MarilungoGuido Marilungo
Goal8
Yellow Card38
Substitution68
18
VranješOgnjen Vranješ
Yellow Card71

Substitutes

12
PerinMattia Perin (GK)
12
ŚušacMarko Śušac (GK)
13
AngellaGabriele Angella
8
PejićNebojša Pejić
Substitution77
14
BrivioDavide Brivio
9
M. SušićMateo Sušić
15
MarroneLuca Marrone
Substitution60
13
MalićNedeljko Malić
Substitution90
16
BarillàAntonino Barillà
14
BekićAlmir Bekić
17
PasquatoCristian Pasquato
Substitution79
16
MilutinovićZoran Milutinović
Substitution85
18
MachedaFederico Macheda
Substitution68
17
M. AničićMarin Aničić

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Branimir Tulić (BIH)

Referee

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Assistant referees

Serafim Baia Nogueira (POR), Sérgio Serrão (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Jorge Lourenço Batista (POR)

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