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Insigne magic earns Italy victory against England

Published: Wednesday 5 June 2013, 22.25CET
England 0-1 Italy
Composed and creative throughout, Lorenzo Insigne ended England's nine-game winning streak without conceding with a superb free-kick.
by Tom Kell
from Bloomfield Stadium

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EnglandItaly

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
10
Corners1
 
6
Fouls committed16
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
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Last updated: 21/03/2013 14:40 CET

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Published: Wednesday 5 June 2013, 22.25CET

Insigne magic earns Italy victory against England

England 0-1 Italy
Composed and creative throughout, Lorenzo Insigne ended England's nine-game winning streak without conceding with a superb free-kick.

After 889 minutes without conceding, England were finally breached in spectacular fashion by an Italy side who go straight to the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group A.

Lorenzo Insigne, who missed just one Serie A game for Italian top-flight runners-up SSC Napoli all season, provided the spear that finally punctured England, curling a splendid free-kick beyond Jack Butland. Stuart Pearce's side had no answer and will now go into Saturday's fixture against Norway bottom of their section while Italy face hosts Israel knowing another win would book a semi-final place.

Though England had the first chance of note when Connor Wickham poked straight at Italy goalkeeper Francesco Bardi, Insigne's winner was due reward for the performance of both him and his side. All silky passes and gliding runs, Italy's diminutive No10 dragged a shot wide midway through the first half before going closer still following the cutest of one-twos with Ciro Immobile.

Indeed it was Immobile who had threatened first for Devis Mangia's team, outpacing England left-back Jack Robinson and flashing a shot narrowly past the frame of Butland's goal. The England No1 endured a far busier time than Bardi, whose biggest scare of the first 45 minutes came when Jason Lowe chanced his arm from range.

Spurred on by the energetic Liverpool FC duo of Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson, England started the second half with more purpose. However, Italy possessed a far sharper cutting edge up front and nearly took the lead once more when Fabio Borini's back-post header was scooped behind by Butland.

Borini was again at the fore when he charged down an England clearance, though he then lacked the composure that his team-mates had showed on the ball all evening. Marco Verratti soon started to find his feet, attempting to unpick the England lock with a nutmeg here and a dinked free-kick there. However, it looked like Italy would go the way of England's previous nine opponents and fail to trouble the scorers. Then, though, with 11 minutes left, Insigne executed his most telling act of a wonderful performance.

Henderson so nearly provided the perfect riposte with a last-gasp set piece of his own, but Bardi was up to the task to ensure Italy face Israel at the weekend in buoyant mood.

Last updated: 08/06/13 0.59CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000188/match=2010946/postmatch/report/index.html#italy+england

Lineups

England

England

Italy

Italy

1
ButlandJack Butland (GK)
1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
2
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
Yellow Card77
2
DonatiGiulio Donati
4
CaulkerSteven Caulker
3
BiraghiCristiano Biraghi
6
DawsonCraig Dawson
4
VerrattiMarco Verratti
8
HendersonJordan Henderson (C)
6
CaldirolaLuca Caldirola (C)
9
RobinsonJack Robinson
7
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
10
LoweJason Lowe
Yellow Card66
8
MarroneLuca Marrone
Substitution87
18
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Substitution75
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
Substitution60
19
RedmondNathan Redmond
10
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
Goal79
Yellow Card90+4
21
SordellMarvin Sordell
Substitution65
13
BianchettiMatteo Bianchetti
Yellow Card88
22
WickhamConnor Wickham
Substitution82
20
BoriniFabio Borini
Substitution78

Substitutes

13
SteeleJason Steele (GK)
12
ColombiSimone Colombi (GK)
23
RuddDeclan Rudd (GK)
22
LealiNicola Leali (GK)
3
SmithAdam Smith
5
CapuanoMarco Capuano
5
WisdomAndre Wisdom
11
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini
Substitution60
7
LeesTom Lees
14
DestroMattia Destro
Substitution78
12
ChalobahNathaniel Chalobah
Substitution65
15
SansoneNicola Sansone
14
McEachranJosh McEachran
Substitution75
16
BertolacciAndrea Bertolacci
15
ZahaWilfried Zaha
17
PaloschiAlberto Paloschi
17
LansburyHenri Lansbury
18
SaponaraRiccardo Saponara
20
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
Substitution82
19
ReginiVasco Regini
21
RossiFausto Rossi
Substitution87
23
CrimiMarco Crimi

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Devis Mangia (ITA)

Referee

Antony Gautier (FRA)

Assistant referees

Roland Brandner (AUT), Sandro Pozzi (SUI)

Fourth official

Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)

Additional assistant referees

Sébastien Delferiere (BEL), Antti Munukka (FIN)

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