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Immobile instigates slender Italy success

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 23.34CET
Italy 1-0 Sweden
Prolific on loan at Pescara Calcio last season, Ciro Immobile scored on his return to the Stadio Adriatico as the Azzurrini edged the play-off first leg.
by Francesco Corda
from Adriatico Stadium

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Match statistics

ItalySweden

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
1
Attempts off target9
 
1
Corners7
 
3
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 23.34CET

Immobile instigates slender Italy success

Italy 1-0 Sweden
Prolific on loan at Pescara Calcio last season, Ciro Immobile scored on his return to the Stadio Adriatico as the Azzurrini edged the play-off first leg.

Ciro Immobile scored in the stadium where he enjoyed so much success last season as Italy eked out a narrow lead from the first leg of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off against Sweden.

The striker, who joined Genoa CFC this summer after firing Pescara Calcio into Serie A with 28 league goals, broke the deadlock in the 17th minute at the Stadio Adriatico. The Azzurrini wasted good chances to forge a bigger lead ahead of Tuesday's return in Kalmar, but Sweden also had their share of opportunities.

Giuseppe De Luca had the first chance of the game after a pass from Alessandro Florenzi, but his initial attempt was blocked by Tom Pettersson's timely tackle. His second, after falling to the ground, was well saved by Karl-Johan Johnsson.

When the Sweden goalkeeper could only parry a dangerous free-kick from Lorenzo Insigne after the quarter-hour, Immobile was first to the rebound with a left-footed finish into the roof of the net. Sweden's response was swift, Florenzi clearing a Pettersson header off the goal line. 

Italy went close to doubling their lead in similar fashion when Marco Capuano's downward header just cleared the crossbar after bouncing in front of Johnsson. Luca Marrone's volley then whistled wide of the upright following a clever knockdown by De Luca.

Both sides continued to fashion opportunities, with Mikael Ishak, twice, Immobile and Insigne all threatening before half-time. Immobile and Insigne were again to the fore after the break, the former shooting wide with just the goalkeeper to beat to leave the tie finely poised.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.37CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Sweden

Sweden

1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
Yellow Card84
1
JohnssonKarl-Johan Johnsson (GK)
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
3
FrascatorePaolo Frascatore
3
JanssonPontus Jansson
4
CapuanoMarco Capuano
4
PetterssonTom Pettersson
5
MarroneLuca Marrone
5
DemirErdin Demir
Yellow Card90+2
6
CaldirolaLuca Caldirola (C)
6
HamadJiloan Hamad (C)
7
SaponaraRiccardo Saponara
Substitution59
7
HiljemarkOscar Hiljemark
8
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Substitution82
8
J. JohanssonJakob Johansson
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
Goal17
Substitution76
9
ClaessonViktor Claesson
10
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
10
IshakMikael Ishak
11
De LucaGiuseppe De Luca
11
ArmenterosSamuel Armenteros
Substitution70

Substitutes

12
ColombiSimone Colombi (GK)
12
SandbergMarkus Sandberg (GK)
13
RomagnoliSimone Romagnoli
13
BaffoJoseph Baffo
14
SampirisiMario Sampirisi
14
ÖhmanLudvig Öhman
15
RossiFausto Rossi
Substitution59
15
AllanssonJoel Allansson
16
VivianiFederico Viviani
Substitution82
16
RohdénMarcus Rohdén
17
LongoSamuele Longo
17
ThernSimon Thern
18
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini
Substitution76
Yellow Card90+1
18
JönssonRasmus Jönsson
Substitution70

Coach

Devis Mangia (ITA) Hakan Ericson (SWE)

Referee

Artur Soares (POR)

Assistant referees

Rui Tavares (POR), Antonio Godinho (POR)

Fourth official

Hugo Miguel (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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