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Qualifying round - Group 9

Italy - Northern Ireland
3-0
 

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Italy close gap with victory over Northern Ireland

Published: Thursday 14 November 2013, 23.47CET
Italy 3-0 Northern Ireland
Federico Viviani opened the scoring before Antonio Rozzi and Andrea Belotti struck in the closing stages to give Luigi Di Biagio's side the win.
by Alessandro Massimo
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Italy close gap with victory over Northern Ireland
Antonio Rozzi (left) hit Italy's second in their 3-0 win ©Mikhail Shapaev
 

Match statistics

Italy
Northern Ireland

3

Goals scored

0

18

Total attempts

6

8

on target

1

6

off target

4

0

against woodwork

0

4

Corners

3

4

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

18

Fouls committed

11

11

Fouls suffered

18

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1Bardi (GK)1Brennan (GK)
2Zappacosta2Donnelly
Yellow Card9
3Biraghi
Yellow Card78
3McKeown
4Baselli4Thompson
5Bianchetti (C)5McCullough
6Antei6Sendles-White
7Fossati
Substitution64
7С. Winchester
8Viviani
Goal26
8Morgan
Substitution67
9Belotti
Yellow Card70
Goal88
9Gray
Yellow Card76
Substitution79
10Battocchio
Substitution85
10Millar
11Politano
Substitution54
11Carson (C)

Substitutes

12Leali (GK)12Glendinning (GK)
13Sabelli13Conlan
14Crisetig14Tempest
Substitution67
Substitution72
15Rugani15McCartan
16Molina
Substitution64
16Brobbell
Substitution72
17Fedato
Substitution54
17Gorman
18Rozzi
Substitution85
Goal86
18Lavery
Substitution79

Coaches

Luigi Di Biagio (ITA) Jim Magilton (NIR)

Referee

Mitja Žganec (SVN)

Standings

Last updated: 15/11/2013 09:12 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Thursday 14 November 2013, 23.47CET

Italy close gap with victory over Northern Ireland

Italy 3-0 Northern Ireland
Federico Viviani opened the scoring before Antonio Rozzi and Andrea Belotti struck in the closing stages to give Luigi Di Biagio's side the win.

Italy closed the gap to UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 9 leaders Belgium with a 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland.

Buoyed by their win at table-topping Belgium last time out, Italy forged ahead through Federico Viviani's 26th-minute free-kick but they had to wait until the final four minutes to put the result beyond doubt thanks to goals from Antonio Rozzi and Andrea Belotti. Italy move to within three points of Belgium with a game in hand while Northern Ireland are bottom of the section without a point.

The Azzurrini controlled the game early on and although Daniele Baselli and Kirk Millar traded long-range efforts it was a set-piece which broke the deadlock. Viviani struck a delightful free-kick which gave Conor Brennan no chance.

Belotti spurned Italy's best chance to double their lead before half-time and James Gray almost equalised for the visitors with a header. The hosts had to wait until the 86th minute to grab their second as substitute Rozzi collected Salvatore Molina's pass less than two minutes after coming off the bench and finished off a swift counterattack. Italy hit Northern Ireland on the break once more two minutes later, this time Belotti was on hand to complete the move with a simple finish.

Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio said: "We were aware that it wouldn’t be easy, but the lads read the game well. We played well in the first half and I am satisfied even though we still lack continuity. We started slowly in the second half but we increased our pace. I’m happy with [Andrea] Belotti’s goal and also for [Antonio] Rozzi because he came on with the right attitude."

Last updated: 15/11/13 0.09CET

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