Late show sends Italy top

Published: Saturday 16 February 2008, 13.18CET
Italy 4-1 Republic of Ireland The Azzurre scored four times in the last seven minutes in Villacidro to seize the initiative in qualifying Group 2.
by Paolo Menicucci
 

Match statistics

ItalyRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored4
 
1
Yellow cards0
5
Red cards0
1
Goal attempts4
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Published: Saturday 16 February 2008, 13.18CET

Late show sends Italy top

Italy 4-1 Republic of Ireland The Azzurre scored four times in the last seven minutes in Villacidro to seize the initiative in qualifying Group 2.

Italy scored four times in the last seven minutes to defeat the Republic of Ireland 4-1 in Villacidro and seize the initiative in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 2.

Taylor strike
The hosts had to come from behind after Ireland opened the scoring on 13 minutes when Katie Taylor shot from outside the penalty area. The goal forced Italy into action but the visitors' defence held firm until the closing stages.

Late flurry
Twelve minutes into the second half Taylor was sent off and Italy's pressure finally told when Silvia Fuselli levelled on 83 minutes. Two minutes later Melania Gabbiadini added the second for the Azzurre, making no mistake from close range after Patrizia Panico's effort had hit the bar. Just a minute later Panico grabbed the third, converting a right-wing cross from Gabbiadini, while Pamela Conti rounded off the scoring with a free-kick in added time.

'Fully deserved'
"We suffered but the victory was fully deserved," said Italy coach Pietro Ghedin. "This team is improving in all departments and we did a great job. The victory gives us hope of qualifying and allows us to continue to work with optimism." Italy are now three points clear of both their opponents and Sweden, who have two games in hand. The group winners qualify for next year's finals in Finland.

Last updated: 16/02/08 20.54CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Italy

Italy

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1Chiara Marchitelli (GK)1Emma Byrne (GK)
2Sara Gama2Edel Malone
Yellow Card84'
3Roberta D'Adda3Sharon Boyle
4Alessia Tuttino4Alisha Moran
5Elisabetta Tona5Yvonne Tracy
6Giulia Perelli6Niamh Fahey
7Laura Barbierato
Substitution58'
7Ciara Grant (C)
8Melania Gabbiadini
Goal85'
8Aine O'Gorman
9Patrizia Panico (C)
Goal86'
9Katie Taylor
Goal13'
Yellow Card34'
Red Card58'
10Tatiana Zorri
Substitution63'
10Michelle O'Brien
Yellow Card63'
11Venusia Paliotti
Substitution76'
11Stephanie Curtis
Yellow Card58'

Substitutes

12Anna Maria Picarelli (GK)16Lynn Bradley (GK)
13Giorgia Motta12Olivia Christin O'Toole
14Laura Neboli13Sonya Hughes
15Sandy Iannella14Marie Curtin
17Silvia Fuselli
Substitution58'
Goal83'
17Emma Griffin
16Pamela Conti
Substitution76'
Goal90+1'
15Meabh De Burca
18Giulia Domenichetti
Substitution63'
19Noelle Murray

Coach

Pietro Ghedin (ITA) Noel King (IRL)

Referee

Natalia Avdonchenko (RUS)

Assistant referees

Olga Zarenina (RUS), Albina Kretskaya (RUS)

Fourth official

Romina Santuari (ITA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Italy

    Italy

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  • Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland

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