Centro d'Italia - Rieti 05/09/2013 - 21:00CET (21:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group 9

Italy - Belgium
1-3
 

Italy - Belgium 1-3 - 05/09/2013 - Match page - Under-21 2015

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Belgium comeback leaves Italy floundering

Published: Thursday 5 September 2013, 23.45CET
Italy 1-3 Belgium
Second-half goals from Thorgan Hazard, Junior Malanda and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco stunned this summer's finalists.
Belgium comeback leaves Italy floundering
Belgium celebrate after their third goal ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

Italy
Belgium

1

Goals scored

3

7

Total attempts

14

2

on target

8

5

off target

5

0

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

6

1

Offsides

1

4

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

13

Fouls committed

13

12

Fouls suffered

12

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Belgium

Belgium

1Bardi (GK)1Coosemans (GK)
2Sabelli
75
2Vermijl
3Liviero3Arslanagic
4Baselli
54
4Mechele
5Bianchetti (C)
90+1
5Lukaku
6Di Lorenzo6Malanda
19
52
7Molina7Mpoku (C)
8Gatto
63
64
8T. Hazard
47
61
9Belotti11Ferreira-Carrasco
59
90+2
10Battocchio
39
18Batshuayi
69
11Piscitella
56
19Bruno

Substitutes

12Pigliacelli (GK)12Kaminski (GK)
13Zappacosta
75
9Vetokele
69
14Fossati10Praet
15Antei13De Bock
16Crisetig15Ntambwe
61
17Improta
56
16Tielemans
18Longo
64
87
17Vervoort

Coaches

Luigi Di Biagio (ITA) Johan Walem (BEL)

Referee

Daniel Stefanski (POL)

Standings

  
Published: Thursday 5 September 2013, 23.45CET

Belgium comeback leaves Italy floundering

Italy 1-3 Belgium
Second-half goals from Thorgan Hazard, Junior Malanda and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco stunned this summer's finalists.

Runners-up at this summer's showpiece in Israel, Italy have it all to do to reach the final again after a home defeat in their opening Group 9 qualifier.

Italy looked confident in the opening 45 minutes and took a lead into the break thanks to Christian Battocchio but Belgium ran out deserved victors after second-half goals from Thorgan Hazard, Junior Malanda and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

Luigi Di Biagio's hosts started strongly with Andrea Belotti firing just over and Leonardo Gatto going close but it was Battocchio who opened the scoring from Giovanni Di Lorenzo's assist.

However, within seven minutes of the second half starting, it was Johan Walem's men who were ahead. Ferreira-Carrasco's cross was converted by Hazard to restore parity before the AS Monaco FC midfielder claimed his second assist with a corner that Malanda drove in from the edge of the area.

Belgium spurned a clutch of chances to put the game to bed and Samuele Longo hammered over with the home side's best chance to level. Instead, Ferreira-Carrasco capped a stunning display with the clincher from Jordan Lukaku's pass.

The result sees Belgium top of the section with maximum points from their two games and they can strengthen their position with a home victory against Northern Ireland on Monday. Italy head to Cyprus the same day with ground to make up.

Last updated: 06/09/13 0.44CET

Related information

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000412/match=2011547/postmatch/report/index.html#belgium+stun+italy

 
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