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Rampant Italy advance in style

Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 19.50CET
Italy 7-0 Liechtenstein
Two goals apiece from Giuseppe De Luca and Stephan El Shaarawy helped the Azzurri to an emphatic victory and guaranteed top spot in Group 7.
by Ben Gladwell
from Stadio Giuseppe Capozza
Rampant Italy advance in style
Giuseppe De Luca celebrates after scoring Italy's opener ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 19.50CET

Rampant Italy advance in style

Italy 7-0 Liechtenstein
Two goals apiece from Giuseppe De Luca and Stephan El Shaarawy helped the Azzurri to an emphatic victory and guaranteed top spot in Group 7.

Italy are assured of a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs following a 7-0 victory against ten-man Liechtenstein.

The Azzurri had a perfect record in Group 7 prior to their sixth and most recent outing, the 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in June , but they returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion in Caserano. Giuseppe De Luca scored twice either side of Ciro Immobile, and Stephan El Shaarawy and Federico Viviani then found the net just prior to the interval to make it 5-0. El Shaarawy added another before Jacopo Sala's penalty made it seven with ten minutes left.

De Luca gave the Azzurri the perfect start when he slid in to meet El Shaarawy's cross on eight minutes, and he then laid on Immobile for the second 20 minutes later. The visitors' task became a mountainous one when Olcay Gür was dismissed on 35 minutes, with De Luca soon capitalising with a composed finish having latched on to Marco Capuano's through ball.

El Shaarawy struck the fourth after a neat one-two with Immobile, before Viviani's spectacular fifth from distance. Though Liechtenstein provided more resistance after the break, El Shaarawy's second and Sala's spot kick completed the rout.

"Maybe everybody took it for granted that we would win, but I am very happy with the approach and the performance," said Italy coach Devis Mangia. "For the first 20 minutes, it was hard to find gaps, but we did well to get in front of goal despite the limited room. This really is a united squad and that is the most positive thing for a coach. I don't make any calculations [about possible play-off opponents] and say one is better than another, I'll just accept the draw."

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.15CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
1
TichyMario Tichy (GK)
Yellow Card78
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
2
BrändleDaniel Brändle
3
FrascatorePaolo Frascatore
3
SeleMathias Sele
Substitution85
4
RomagnoliSimone Romagnoli
4
GürOlcay Gür
Red Card35
5
VivianiFederico Viviani
Goal45+1
5
Val. FlatzValentin Flatz
Substitution83
6
CapuanoMarco Capuano
Yellow Card21
6
OspeltPhilipp Ospelt
7
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Yellow Card74
7
WolfingerSandro Wolfinger
Yellow Card80
8
MarroneLuca Marrone (C)
Substitution46
8
DuelliChristoph Duelli
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
Goal28
Substitution58
9
L. EberleLucas Eberle (C)
10
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Goal44
Goal54
Substitution65
10
N. KieberNiklas Kieber
11
De LucaGiuseppe De Luca
Goal8
Yellow Card33
Goal39
11
HeebArmando Heeb
Substitution71

Substitutes

12
ColombiSimone Colombi (GK)
12
CaluoriDario Caluori (GK)
13
MasiAlberto Masi
13
BüchelAlessandro Büchel
Substitution85
14
FaraoniMarco Faraoni
14
FoserPascal Foser
Substitution83
15
RossiFausto Rossi
Substitution46
15
BeckClaudio Beck
Substitution71
16
SalaJacopo Sala
Substitution65
Goal80
16
EggenbergerThomas Eggenberger
17
LongoSamuele Longo
Substitution58
18
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini

Coach

Devis Mangia (ITA) René Pauritsch (AUT)

Referee

Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP)

Assistant referees

Doros Touros (CYP), Marios Dimitriadis (CYP)

Fourth official

Kostas Psevdiotis (CYP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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