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Sweden surge leaves Italy defeated

Published: Thursday 18 June 2015, 19.50CET
Italy 1-2 Sweden
Isaac Kiese Thelin converted a late penalty as Sweden came from behind to open Group B victorious in a game both teams ended with ten men.
by Kevin Ashby
from Ander Stadium

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Match statistics

ItalySweden

Goals scored1
 
2
Total attempts12
 
3
on target2
 
2
off target8
 
1
blocked2
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards1
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
20
Fouls suffered19
 
13

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:55 CET
Published: Thursday 18 June 2015, 19.50CET

Sweden surge leaves Italy defeated

Italy 1-2 Sweden
Isaac Kiese Thelin converted a late penalty as Sweden came from behind to open Group B victorious in a game both teams ended with ten men.

John Guidetti equalises and Isaac Kiese Thelin converts late penalty to seal victory
Domenico Berardi's spot kick had given Italy half-time lead in Group B
Sweden's Alexander Milošević sent off conceding the penalty
Stefano Sturaro of Italy dismissed with ten minutes to go, just before winner
Next matches: Sweden v England, Portugal v Italy (Sunday)

Sweden came from behind to start UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group B with victory against Italy.

The second half contained much more drama than the first which, save for Italy's Federico Viviani firing in a cross-cum-shot that had Sweden No1 Patrik Carlgren scrambling before tipping the ball over, had little goalmouth action before Italy opened the scoring in the 29th minute.

Domenico Berardi – highlighted in the official tournament programme as Italy's one to watch having got to 30 league goals for Sassuolo quicker than Lionel Messi did for Barcelona (59 games compared to the Argentinian's 71) – played a pass out of nothing behind the Sweden defence to Andrea Belotti, who was brought down by Alexander Milošević as he shaped to shoot.

Milošević was shown a straight red and Berardi did the rest, slotting in a spot kick to silence the wall of yellow-shirted fans behind Carlgren's goal. Coach Håkan Ericson did not make an immediate change, instead instructing Oscar Lewicki to drop back from central midfield to support Filip Helander, allowing Berardi to drop into the space and dictate the flow of the game.

Sweden took 51 minutes to earn their first corner but they struck from their second – and first chance – in the 56th. Abdullah Khalili swung his delivery to the far post, which was missed by Sturaro but not Lewicki, who collected it, took a touch and drilled a pass across goal that Guidetti turned in.

Italy were clearly rocked as Sweden hunted in packs to close down the space created by Milošević's dismissal, although inevitably they began to tire and were almost punished when substitute Danilo Cataldi worked an opening for himself before shooting just wide.

The numbers were evened up with ten minutes left as Sturaro was red-carded for pushing Helander in the face. Sweden had the perfect chance to win it when Mikael Ishak was brought down by Italy goalkeeper Francesco Bardi in the box. Kiese Thelin stepped up and converted and although Italy pushed hard, they could not conjure an equaliser.

Last updated: 19/06/15 0.08CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000408/match=2015369/postmatch/report/index.html#sweden+surge+downs+italy

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Sweden

Sweden

1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
Yellow Card85
1
CarlgrenPatrik Carlgren (GK)
2
SabelliStefano Sabelli
3
MilosevicAleksander Milosevic
Red Card28
5
RuganiDaniele Rugani
4
HelanderFilip Helander
Yellow Card24
7
VivianiFederico Viviani
Yellow Card43
5
AugustinssonLudwig Augustinsson
8
SturaroStefano Sturaro
Red Card80
6
LewickiOscar Lewicki
9
BelottiAndrea Belotti
Substitution78
7
HiljemarkOscar Hiljemark (C)
Yellow Card71
10
BerardiDomenico Berardi
Goal29
8
KhaliliAbdullah Khalili
13
BianchettiMatteo Bianchetti (C)
Yellow Card48
10
GuidettiJohn Guidetti
Goal56
Yellow Card64
Substitution76
16
BaselliDaniele Baselli
Substitution69
11
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
Goal86
18
BattocchioChristian Battocchio
Substitution61
17
BaffoJoseph Baffo
22
ZappacostaDavide Zappacosta
19
LarssonSam Larsson
Substitution46

Substitutes

14
SportielloMarco Sportiello (GK)
12
RinneJacob Rinne (GK)
3
BiraghiCristiano Biraghi
2
LindelöfVictor Lindelöf
Substitution46
4
CrisetigLorenzo Crisetig
9
HrgotaBranimir Hrgota
6
RomagnoliAlessio Romagnoli
13
ZeneliArber Zeneli
11
BernardeschiFederico Bernardeschi
14
IshakMikael Ishak
Substitution76
12
BarbaFederico Barba
15
OlssonKristoffer Olsson
15
BenassiMarco Benassi
16
TibblingSimon Tibbling
17
IzzoArmando Izzo
18
HolménSebastian Holmén
19
TrottaMarcello Trotta
Substitution78
20
QuaisonRobin Quaison
20
LealiNicola Leali (GK)
21
KonatePa Konate
21
CataldiDanilo Cataldi
Substitution69
22
GustafsonSimon Gustafson
23
VerdiSimone Verdi
Substitution61
23
LindeAndreas Linde (GK)

Coach

Luigi Di Biagio (ITA) Håkan Ericson (SWE)

Referee

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)

Fourth official

Jan Paták (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution