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Battocchio clips Belgium's wings as Italy triumph

Published: Monday 14 October 2013, 23.31CET
Belgium 0-1 Italy
Christian Battocchio's early goal prevented the hosts running away with things in Group 9 as Luigi Di Biagio's men closed on the leaders.
by Berend Scholten
from KRC Genk Arena
Battocchio clips Belgium's wings as Italy triumph
Italy's Federico Viviani battles for the ball in Genk ©AFP/Getty Images

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Published: Monday 14 October 2013, 23.31CET

Battocchio clips Belgium's wings as Italy triumph

Belgium 0-1 Italy
Christian Battocchio's early goal prevented the hosts running away with things in Group 9 as Luigi Di Biagio's men closed on the leaders.

Italy breathed fresh life into UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 9, ending Belgium's winning start to close the gap to the leaders.

Johan Walem's men won their first four games, stunning Italy in Rieti in September. They would have moved 12 points clear of the 2013 finalists with three points, but Christian Battocchio's early goal for Luigi Di Biagio's side moved them within six points of the Red Devils with two games in hand.

The only goal of the game came four minutes in as forward Battocchio got his head to Federico Viviani's corner from the right. Viviani then tested home goalkeeper Colin Coosemans with a testing free-kick before Michy Batshuayi's downward header somehow bounced over the bar at the other end.

Andrea Belotti failed to double the lead when sent through one-on-one with Coosemans, while after the break Francesco Bardi made an excellent save from Paul-José Mpoku to keep his side ahead and secure the three points.

Last updated: 05/06/15 7.53CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Italy

Italy

1
CoosemansColin Coosemans (GK)
1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
2
VermijlMarnick Vermijl
Yellow Card69
2
ZappacostaDavide Zappacosta
3
ArslanagicDino Arslanagic
Substitution46
3
BiraghiCristiano Biraghi
5
LukakuJordan Lukaku
Yellow Card13
4
BaselliDaniele Baselli
6
MalandaJunior Malanda
5
BianchettiMatteo Bianchetti (C)
7
MpokuPaul-José Mpoku (C)
6
AnteiLuca Antei
Yellow Card23
8
HazardThorgan Hazard
7
FossatiMarco Ezio Fossati
13
De BockLaurens De Bock
8
VivianiFederico Viviani
14
BrunoMassimo Bruno
Substitution71
9
BelottiAndrea Belotti
Substitution74
19
CisseIbrahima Cisse
Substitution46
10
BattocchioChristian Battocchio
Goal4
Substitution81
22
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
11
RozziAntonio Rozzi
Substitution53

Substitutes

12
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
12
LealiNicola Leali (GK)
4
MecheleBrandon Mechele
Substitution46
13
SabelliStefano Sabelli
9
VetokeleIgor Vetokele
Substitution71
14
MolinaSalvatore Molina
Substitution53
10
PraetDennis Praet
15
RuganiDaniele Rugani
11
TielemansYouri Tielemans
Substitution46
16
ImprotaRiccardo Improta
Substitution81
15
NtambweBrice Ntambwe
17
FedatoFrancesco Fedato
17
NgawaPierre-Yves Ngawa
18
LongoSamuele Longo
Substitution74

Coach

Johan Walem (BEL) Luigi Di Biagio (ITA)

Referee

Artur Dias (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Rui Tavares (POR)

Fourth official

Cosme Machado (POR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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