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Ireland end Italy's winning streak

Published: Monday 4 June 2012, 19.32CET
Italy 2-2 Republic of Ireland
The Azzurri's impeccable record in Group 7 came to a halt after they surrendered a two-goal advantage.
by Keith Wallace
from Sligo
Ireland end Italy's winning streak
The Republic of Ireland's Greg Cunningham wheels away in celebration ©Sportsfile
Published: Monday 4 June 2012, 19.32CET

Ireland end Italy's winning streak

Italy 2-2 Republic of Ireland
The Azzurri's impeccable record in Group 7 came to a halt after they surrendered a two-goal advantage.

Italy dropped their first points in Group 7 of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying round as they conceded a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland.

The visitors led after three minutes at the Showgrounds in Sligo after Shane Duffy deflected an Alessandro Florenzi free-kick past Ian McLoughlin, his own goalkeeper. Ciro Immobile looked to have secured a sixth straight win for Ciro Ferrara's side in the group when he unleashed an unstoppable 30-metre strike in the 56th minute but the Irish soon fought back.

Robbie Brady's penalty – after a Mattia Destro handball – reduced the deficit in the 67th minute and four minutes later the same player swung in a free-kick that captain Greg Cunningham turned home.

Italy ended the match with ten men when Marco Verratti was shown a straight red card for a tackle from behind in added time. Despite the outcome Italy remain four points clear at the Group 7 summit, while Noel King's Irish sit third, two points behind second-placed Turkey but with two games in hand.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.32CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Italy

Italy

1
McLoughlinIan McLoughlin (GK)
Substitution59
1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
2
EganJohn Egan
2
SantonDavide Santon (C)
Yellow Card65
3
CunninghamGreg Cunningham (C)
Goal71
3
CrescenziAlessandro Crescenzi
4
DuffyShane Duffy
Yellow Card3
Goal3
4
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Red Card90+2
5
CanavanNiall Canavan
5
CapuanoMarco Capuano
6
TowellRichie Towell
6
CaldirolaLuca Caldirola
Yellow Card42
7
WhiteAidan White
7
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
8
O'KaneEunan O'Kane
8
MarroneLuca Marrone
9
MurphyRhys Murphy
Yellow Card55
Substitution89
9
DestroMattia Destro
Yellow Card66
Substitution73
10
HendrickJeffrey Hendrick
10
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
11
BradyRobert Brady
Goal67
11
ImmobileCiro Immobile
Goal56
Substitution85

Substitutes

16
McCareyAaron McCarey (GK)
Substitution59
12
ColombiSimone Colombi (GK)
12
MurrayRonan Murray
13
RomagnoliSimone Romagnoli
Substitution90+4
13
CarruthersSamir Carruthers
14
CrimiMarco Crimi
14
C. CliffordConor Clifford
15
RossiFausto Rossi
15
CollinsJames Collins
Substitution89
16
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Substitution85
17
ConnollyMark Connolly
17
PaloschiAlberto Paloschi
Substitution73
Substitution90+4
18
Murray Sean Murray
18
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini

Coach

Noel King (IRL) Ciro Ferrara (ITA)

Referee

Eli Hacmon (ISR)

Assistant referees

Abed Alramili (ISR), Dan Ucenic (ISR)

Fourth official

Guy Berger (ISR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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