The official website for European football

Nine-man Ireland overcome Italy

Published: Monday 10 September 2012, 21.45CET
Italy 2-4 Republic of Ireland
Noel King's side showed admirable resolve as they shrugged off two red cards to triumph against the Group 7 winners, who missed a penalty.
by Ben Gladwell
from Stadio Giuseppe Capozza
Nine-man Ireland overcome Italy
Conor Henderson is mobbed after scoring Ireland's third goal ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 10 September 2012, 21.45CET

Nine-man Ireland overcome Italy

Italy 2-4 Republic of Ireland
Noel King's side showed admirable resolve as they shrugged off two red cards to triumph against the Group 7 winners, who missed a penalty.

A spirited nine-man Republic of Ireland side ended UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying in style with a 4-2 win against Italy.

While the Azzurri had first place in Group 7 already sewn up, Ireland had only pride to play for. They left Casarano with that very much intact despite the dismissals of Derrick Williams and Anthony Forde. Sean Murray put the visitors in front and although Luca Caldirola was quick to level, two goals from Aaron Doran either side of Conor Henderson's effort proved enough despite Forde's late red card and Stephan El Shaarawy's even later consolation.

It had all started in delightful fashion, Murray lifting the ball over Mattia Perin having been sent through by Henderson. Caldirola's 35th-minute header looked to have halted the momentum of Noel King's side, who then appeared to be firmly on the rack when Williams was given his marching orders for a foul inside the penalty area. Ciro Immobile's spot kick, however, was saved by Aaron McCarey.

It proved to be a turning point, with Doran's cool finishing and Henderson's stunning long-range strike putting Ireland 4-1 up with 14 minutes left. Forde then followed Williams into the dressing room six minutes from time before El Shaarawy's effort.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.15CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000192/match=2006912/postmatch/report/index.html#nine+ireland

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
PerinMattia Perin (GK)
1
McCareyAaron McCarey (GK)
Yellow Card87
2
FaraoniMarco Faraoni
Yellow Card78
2
DohertyMatthew Doherty
3
CrescenziAlessandro Crescenzi
3
WhiteAidan White (C)
Yellow Card86
4
MasiAlberto Masi
Yellow Card67
4
EganJohn Egan
5
RossiFausto Rossi
5
WilliamsDerrick Williams
Red Card36
6
CaldirolaLuca Caldirola (C)
Goal35
6
HendersonConor Henderson
Goal59
7
SalaJacopo Sala
Substitution46
7
FordeAnthony Forde
Yellow Card82
Red Card84
8
MarroneLuca Marrone
Substitution69
8
CarruthersSamir Carruthers
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
Penalty37
Substitution58
9
DoranAaron Doran
Goal57
Goal76
10
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Goal89
10
Murray Sean Murray
Goal23
11
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini
11
O'KaneEunan O'Kane

Substitutes

12
ColombiSimone Colombi (GK)
16
McLoughlinIan McLoughlin (GK)
13
CapuanoMarco Capuano
12
KiernanRob Kiernan
14
DonatiGiulio Donati
13
TowellRichie Towell
15
VivianiFederico Viviani
Substitution46
14
C. SmithConnor Smith
16
CrimiMarco Crimi
15
O'SullivanJohn O'Sullivan
17
LaribiKarim Laribi
Substitution69
18
De LucaGiuseppe De Luca
Substitution58

Coach

Devis Mangia (ITA) Noel King (IRL)

Referee

Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Peter Chladek (SVK), Michal Tomcik (SVK)

Fourth official

Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)

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.