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Italy comeback sinks Serbia

Published: Friday 5 September 2014, 23.45CET
Italy 3-2 Serbia
The hosts are in pole position to win qualifying Group 9 after coming from 2-0 down to record a thrilling victory against Serbia.
by Marco Ghighi
from Pescara
Italy comeback sinks Serbia
Domenico Berardi (left) celebrates his winning goal ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 5 September 2014, 23.45CET

Italy comeback sinks Serbia

Italy 3-2 Serbia
The hosts are in pole position to win qualifying Group 9 after coming from 2-0 down to record a thrilling victory against Serbia.

Italy came from two down to beat Serbia and move above their opponents into second spot in qualifying Group 9 with one game remaining.

Belgium's 6-0 victory in Cyprus earlier meant Italy would have been eliminated in third place had they lost in Pescara and that scenario seemed likely when Aleksandar Pešić struck twice in the opening 13 minutes for Serbia. Andrea Belotti claimed a double of his own to level the contest before the break before Domenico Berardi completed a dramatic turnaround on 75 minutes.

Pešić gave Serbia the perfect start when his attempted pass for Uroš Djurdjević was diverted back into his path by Luca Antei and the new Toulouse FC striker converted, and the advantage was doubled when Filip Kostić's corner was met by a stunning header from Pešić.

Italy needed a break and it arrived when Cristiano Biraghi's free-kick deflected off the wall to Belotti, who composed himself to beat Marko Dmitrović after 23 minutes. Parity was restored when Uroš Ćosić felled Christian Battocchio and Biraghi finished from the penalty spot in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time.

Samuele Longo and Berardi both passed up good chances to put Italy in front with the latter then striking a post as Radovan Ćurčić's side came under increasing pressure. Italy's persistence eventually told when Berardi rifled in the winner from 25 metres – a fitting final act in a pulsating contest.

"We had an amazing reaction," said Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio. "I had no doubt about my players but we did something incredible. I can say that I was really worried after 15 minutes, when we were losing 2-0. They are growing so fast and they showed it against an excellent team like Serbia."

Italy will overhaul Belgium, who have completed their fixtures and are a point ahead of Di Biagio's men, and win the group if they beat Cyprus on Tuesday. A draw or defeat could allow third-placed Serbia, who are away to Northern Ireland, to leapfrog both the sides above them and take the play-off place guaranteed for the group winners.

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.28CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Serbia

Serbia

1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
1
DmitrovićMarko Dmitrović (GK)
2
ZappacostaDavide Zappacosta (C)
2
KovačevićAleksandar Kovačević
Yellow Card78
Substitution78
3
BiraghiCristiano Biraghi
5
ĆosićUroš Ćosić (C)
Yellow Card22
4
SturaroStefano Sturaro
6
PantićAleksandar Pantić
5
BianchettiMatteo Bianchetti
8
PešićAleksandar Pešić
Goal8
Goal13
6
AnteiLuca Antei
9
DjurdjevićUroš Djurdjević
Substitution60
7
BattocchioChristian Battocchio
Substitution90
10
ČaušićGoran Čaušić
Yellow Card69
8
CrisetigLorenzo Crisetig
11
KostićFilip Kostić
9
BelottiAndrea Belotti
Goal23
Goal45+4
13
N. PetrovićNemanja Petrović
10
BerardiDomenico Berardi
Yellow Card42
Goal75
Substitution86
14
BrašanacDarko Brašanac
Substitution19
11
LongoSamuele Longo
Substitution65
15
VeljkovićMiloš Veljković

Substitutes

12
LealiNicola Leali (GK)
12
RajkovićPredrag Rajković (GK)
13
RuganiDaniele Rugani
4
MijailovićSrdjan Mijailović
14
CataldiDanilo Cataldi
7
A. ŽivkovićAndrija Živković
Substitution60
15
SabelliStefano Sabelli
Substitution90
17
ČavrićAleksandar Čavrić
Substitution78
16
BenassiMarco Benassi
Substitution86
18
RadojaNemanja Radoja
17
BernardeschiFederico Bernardeschi
Substitution65
Yellow Card69
19
S. Milinković-SavićSergej Milinković-Savić
Substitution19
Yellow Card90+2
18
TrottaMarcello Trotta
22
StojkovićFilip Stojković

Coach

Luigi Di Biagio (ITA) Radovan Ćurčić (SRB)

Referee

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

Assistant referees

Hessel Steegstra (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)

Fourth official

Jeroen Sanders (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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