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Italy back in business

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 21.45CET
Italy 2-0 Luxembourg
The Azzurrini made amends for Friday's 2-1 defeat against Wales and earned their first points in Group 3 with victory in Novara.
by Paolo Menicucci
Italy back in business
Andrea Poli celebrates his goal for Italy ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 21.45CET

Italy back in business

Italy 2-0 Luxembourg
The Azzurrini made amends for Friday's 2-1 defeat against Wales and earned their first points in Group 3 with victory in Novara.

Italy made amends for Friday's 2-1 defeat against Wales and earned their first points in Group 3 in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by beating Luxembourg 2-0 in Novara.

Poli opener
The goals came in added time at the end of each half with the Azzurrini taking the lead on the stroke of half-time when Andrea Ranocchia headed a cross by Mattia Mustacchio towards Andrea Poli and the UC Sampdoria midfielder beat Luxembourg goalkeeper Lex Menster from close range. Alberto Paloschi had a couple of good opportunities in the first half and he missed another early in the second, shooting wide with only Menster to beat.

Balotelli strike
Luxembourg came close to equalising in the 70th minute when Christophe Scholer fired over after connecting with Naby Twimumu's cross. Italy responded with a dangerous header by defender Lorenzo Ariaudo and a number of long-range shots by Mario Balotelli, who eventually made it two in added time when he turned in Guido Marilungo's cross from the right on the break.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.11CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

1
SeculinAndrea Seculin (GK)
1
MensterLex Menster (GK)
Substitution64
2
BellusciGuiseppe Bellusci
4
ScholerChristophe Scholer
3
BrivioDavide Brivio
6
KettenmeyerMichel Kettenmeyer
Yellow Card81
4
SorianoRoberto Soriano
Yellow Card30
Substitution61
10
TwimumuNaby Twimumu
5
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia (C)
11
BensiStefano Bensi
Yellow Card23
Substitution79
6
AriaudoLorenzo Ariaudo
13
SiebenalerTom Siebenaler
7
MustacchioMattia Mustacchio
Substitution90
14
LaterzaTom Laterza
8
PoliAndrea Poli
Goal45+1
15
DevilleMaurice Deville
Substitution56
9
PaloschiAlberto Paloschi
Substitution76
16
GersonLars Gerson
Yellow Card70
10
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Yellow Card37
Goal90+3
17
AlbaneseMirko Albanese
11
BarillàAntonino Barillà
Yellow Card87
18
May Andy May (C)

Substitutes

12
FiorilloVincenzo Fiorillo (GK)
12
HeilYan Heil (GK)
Substitution64
13
RispoliAndrea Rispoli
Substitution90
2
LeiteKevin Leite
14
AngellaGabriele Angella
3
SemedoAlexandre Semedo
15
BianchiTommaso Bianchi
5
TexeiraSergio Texeira
16
BolzoniFrancesco Bolzoni
Substitution61
7
SagramolaChris Sagramola
Substitution79
17
PasquatoCristian Pasquato
8
BastosCédric Bastos
Substitution56
18
MarilungoGuido Marilungo
Substitution76
9
AlunniAlessandro Alunni

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Luc Holtz (LUX)

Referee

Albano Janku (ALB)

Assistant referees

Denis Rexha (ALB), Gezim Koka (ALB)

Fourth official

Bardhyl Pashaj (ALB)

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