Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg - 29/10/2008 - 15:00CET (15:00 local time) - Pietro Barbetti - Gubbio
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Italy through to Finland finals

Published: Wednesday 29 October 2008, 17.45CET
Italy 2-1 Czech Republic (agg: 3-1)
Tatiana Zorri's penalty and a Patrizia Panico goal later in the first half gave Italy a play-off win that takes them to next summer's finals in Finland.

by Paolo Menicucci
Italy through to Finland finals
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Published: Wednesday 29 October 2008, 17.45CET

Italy through to Finland finals

Italy 2-1 Czech Republic (agg: 3-1)
Tatiana Zorri's penalty and a Patrizia Panico goal later in the first half gave Italy a play-off win that takes them to next summer's finals in Finland.

Italy qualified for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ after completing a 3-1 aggregate defeat of the Czech Republic in their qualifying play-off.

Victory secure
Leading from Saturday's away leg in Prague thanks to a late Patrizia Panico goal, Italy scored first today in Gubbio through Tatiana Zorri's penalty. The same player set up Panico to make it two before the break and although Czech Republic captain Pavlina Ščasná pulled one back, her side were eliminated in a play-off by Italy for the second UEFA European Women's Championship running.

Gabbiadini threat
Home coach Pietro Ghedin decided Melania Gabbiadini was fit to start after a recent thigh injury, the winger having sat out the first leg, and on seven minutes she found space on the right and her cross reached Panico just outside the penalty box, only for Czech Republic goalkeeper Marcela Zbořilová to make a fine save. The visitors came close eleven minutes later when Adéla Pivonková headed just wide.

Zorri penalty
Panico combined well with Pamela Conti before firing in a low shot with her right foot which, once again, Zbořilová was equal to. Two minutes later the Czech keeper produced another difficult stop from a header by Gabbiadini, yet on the half-hour the winger was brought down in the area by Zbořilová and Zorri gave Italy the lead from the spot.

Panico goal
It was nearly 2-0 shortly afterwards when Panico's pass allowed Gabbiadini to run through the Czech defence and hit the post to Zbořilová's left. Seven minutes from the interval, however, the advantage did increase as Panico headed in a free-kick by Zorri from the right. The half ended with a dangerous strike by Katerina Došková which flew just wide.

Arrears reduced
Gabbiadini had another opportunity immediately after half-time but her lob over the onrushing Zbořilová dropped off target. The Czechs reduced the deficit with 23 minutes left when Ščasná dribbled past defender Elisabetta Tona and delivered an emphatic finish. Italy still had the cushion of two goals, though, and that stayed intact despite a late Došková shot that went narrowly wide. In added time Irena Martínková was sent off for a second yellow card to salt Czech wounds. Italy can now look forward to the final-round draw in Helsinki on 18 November.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.21CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
MarchitelliChiara Marchitelli (GK)
1
ZbořilováMarcela Zbořilová (GK)
Yellow Card70
2
GamaSara Gama
3
BertholdováPetra Bertholdová
3
D'AddaRoberta D'Adda
18
MocováIva Mocová
Substitution62
5
TonaElisabetta Tona
7
PincováVeronika Pincová
6
SchiaviViviana Schiavi
Yellow Card74
8
HeroldováLucie Heroldová
4
TuttinoAlessia Tuttino
4
L. MartínkováLucie Martínková
Red Card90+1
7
DomenichettiGiulia Domenichetti
14
VyštejnováPetra Vyštejnová
10
ZorriTatiana Zorri
Yellow Card22
Goal32
6
PivoňkováAdéla Pivoňková
11
ContiPamela Conti
Substitution74
17
I. MartínkováIrena Martínková
Substitution84
9
PanicoPatrizia Panico (C)
Goal40
Yellow Card89
9
ŠčasnáPavlína Ščasná (C)
Yellow Card14
Goal67
8
GabbiadiniMelania Gabbiadini
Substitution83
11
DoškováKateřina Došková
Yellow Card59

Substitutes

12
PicarelliAnna Maria Picarelli (GK)
16
OdlasováIvana Odlasová (GK)
13
MottaGiorgia Motta
2
FlorkováLucie Florková
Substitution84
14
NeboliLaura Neboli
5
MarkováMichaela Marková
15
BarrecaAlessandra Barreca
10
PěničkováBlanka Pěničková
Substitution62
Yellow Card87
16
FuselliSilvia Fuselli
Substitution83
12
RingelováMarkéta Ringelová
17
BoniValentina Boni
Substitution74
13
DanielováMartina Danielová
18
PironeValeria Pirone
15
KladrubskáLucie Kladrubská

Coach

Pietro Ghedin (ITA) Dušan Žovinec (CZE)

Referee

Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)

Assistant referees

Anna Nyström (SWE), Helen Karo (SWE)

Fourth official

Cristina Cini (ITA)

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