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Fedato and Improta get Italy up and running

Published: Monday 9 September 2013, 17.55CET
Cyprus 0-2 Italy
Substitutes Francesco Fedato and Riccardo Improta secured a first win in qualifying for Luigi Di Biagio's men in Nicosia.
by Constantinos Shiamboullis
from Makarion
Fedato and Improta get Italy up and running
Francesco Fedato set Italy on their way in Cyprus ©Bongarts

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Published: Monday 9 September 2013, 17.55CET

Fedato and Improta get Italy up and running

Cyprus 0-2 Italy
Substitutes Francesco Fedato and Riccardo Improta secured a first win in qualifying for Luigi Di Biagio's men in Nicosia.

Italy got their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign up and running as a pair of second-half goals secured victory in Nicosia.

The 2013 finalists were brought back down to earth with a 3-1 home defeat by Belgium in their Group 9 opener on Thursday, but dominated throughout against Cyrpus. Indeed, strikes from Francesco Fedato and Riccardo Improta, who both started on the bench, condemned the hosts to their third loss in four games.

A dizzying tone was set from the off as Christian Battocchio was denied by Zannettos Mytidis before Samuele Longo missed the target for the visitors. Mytidis needed to be on constant alert and produced an outstanding save from Andrea Belotti's low shot midway through the first half, but half-time replacement Fedato broke the deadlock after the break. On 67 minutes the forward found space in the area and drove powerfully into the net.

Cyprus never seriously threatened a reply and Improta secured the points in added time with a beautiful arcing shot that found the corner. A trip to Belgium is the next assignment for Luigi Di Biagio's men on 14 October.

Last updated: 05/06/15 9.34CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Italy

Italy

12
MytidisZannettos Mytidis (GK)
1
BardiFrancesco Bardi (GK)
2
MoulazimisDimitris Moulazimis (C)
Substitution65
2
ZappacostaDavide Zappacosta
3
ConstantinouChristakis Constantinou
3
FrascatorePaolo Frascatore
5
А. KyriakouAndreas Kyriakou
4
BaselliDaniele Baselli
6
TheodorouZacharias Theodorou
5
BianchettiMatteo Bianchetti
8
FroxyliasDimitris Froxylias
Yellow Card31
Substitution60
6
Di LorenzoGiovanni Di Lorenzo (C)
9
RoushiasOnisiforos Roushias
7
FossatiMarco Ezio Fossati
Substitution46
10
DjamasChristos Djamas
8
CrisetigLorenzo Crisetig
Substitution59
11
EfthimiouNikos Efthimiou
9
BelottiAndrea Belotti
Substitution75
15
Marko CharalampousMarko Charalampous
10
BattocchioChristian Battocchio
18
ThalassitisMichael Thalassitis
Substitution51
11
LongoSamuele Longo

Substitutes

1
LoizouGiorgos Loizou (GK)
12
PigliacelliMirko Pigliacelli (GK)
7
EnglezouNikos Englezou
Substitution51
13
AnteiLuca Antei
13
C. CharalambousChristos Charalambous
14
MolinaSalvatore Molina
Substitution75
14
DemetriouMarios Demetriou
15
SabelliStefano Sabelli
17
KyprouTheodosis Kyprou
Substitution60
16
FedatoFrancesco Fedato
Substitution46
Yellow Card55
Goal67
19
PapageorgiouVasilis Papageorgiou
17
ImprotaRiccardo Improta
Substitution59
Yellow Card68
Goal90+3
20
Marios CharalambousMarios Charalambous
Substitution65
18
GattoLeonardo Gatto

Coach

Apostolos Makridis (CYP) Luigi Di Biagio (ITA)

Referee

Orel Grinfeld (ISR)

Assistant referees

Nissan Davidy (ISR), David Elias Biton (ISR)

Fourth official

Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)

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