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Azzurre advance but Russia bow out

Published: Monday 31 August 2009, 21.44CET
Russia 0-2 Italy
Italy face a quarter-final with holders Germany after late goals from Melania Gabbiadini and Tatiana Zorri ended the hopes of Russia.
by Paul Saffer
from Olympic Stadium
Azzurre advance but Russia bow out
Melania Gabbiadini celebrates putting Italy ahead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RussiaItaly

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target21
 
13
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners4
 
5
Fouls committed14
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group C(Host country: Finland)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Sweden Sweden32106157
Italy Italy32014316
England England31115504
Russia Russia300328-60
Last updated: 19/04/2013 10:40 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Monday 31 August 2009, 21.44CET

Azzurre advance but Russia bow out

Russia 0-2 Italy
Italy face a quarter-final with holders Germany after late goals from Melania Gabbiadini and Tatiana Zorri ended the hopes of Russia.

Italy face a UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ quarter-final with holders Germany after two late goals gave them second place in Group C while ending Russian hopes.

Russia out
Russia had the best of the chances in Helsinki, hitting the woodwork twice in a first-half minute, but with 13 minutes left Gabbiadini put Italy ahead and Tatiana Zorri's cute free-kick doubled the lead at the death. Sweden drew 1-1 with England to win the group a point ahead of the Azzurre, meaning Italy take on the champions on Friday in Lahti.

Early saves
Italy were aware at kick-off that a point would take them through while Russia knew a three-goal win would guarantee progress and Igor Shalimov's side began in ambitious manner, Olga Petrova crossing for Oleysa Kurochkina to force Anna Maria Picarelli into a point-blank double save. Elena Morozova, as lively down the right as in the 3-2 defeat by England, got to the byline and centred for Kurochkina, but Picarelli blocked her first effort and, slightly rushed, the striker sliced the rebound over.

Todua intervention
At the other end, Elvira Todua had been restored in goal in place of Elena Kochneva and showed her ability with a great stop when Patrizia Panico was sent clear by Alessia Tuttino, before later also tipping a Sara Gama effort over the bar. Picarelli still had work to do, collecting an Elena Fomina header, but the goalkeeper required the assistance of the woodwork when Savchenkova's angled drive rebounded off the post to Petrova, whose shot rattled the crossbar. Petrova then broke through but lifted the ball above both the advancing Picarelli and the goal.

Tona denied
At half-time Russia introduced midfielder Ekaterina Sochneva and within seven minutes she had made a telling contribution. Todua came to claim a Russian free-kick but the ball squirmed loose and found its way to Elisabetta Tona, whose shot was stopped on the line by the feet of the substitute. Russia, with striker Elena Danilova on after the hour, were now going for broke and left space for Melania Gabbiadini to break through, with Todua making a save.

Italy strikes
Danilova forced a diving Picarelli stop, and Morozova dragged a shot past the far post, but it was Gabbiadini who broke the deadlock, pouncing on the rebound after Todua's brilliant one-handed save from Tona's header. In added time, substitute Zorri's free-kick sneaked in to double the Azzurre's advantage, leaving Russia without a win in nine finals games in this tournament. Their attacking flair deserved at least a point, however, especially as they had previously managed to stun England by taking a quick two-goal lead.

Att: 1,112

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.30CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Italy

Italy

1
ToduaElvira Todua (GK)
1
PicarelliAnna Maria Picarelli (GK)
3
KozhnikovaAnna Kozhnikova
2
GamaSara Gama
5
SkotnikovaTatiana Skotnikova (C)
Substitution46
3
D'AddaRoberta D'Adda
8
SavchenkovaValentina Savchenkova
Substitution68
4
TuttinoAlessia Tuttino
Substitution74
9
FominaElena Fomina
5
TonaElisabetta Tona
10
KurochkinaOlesya Kurochkina
6
SchiaviViviana Schiavi
11
PoryadinaOlga Poryadina
Substitution60
7
DomenichettiGiulia Domenichetti
15
PetrovaOlga Petrova
8
GabbiadiniMelania Gabbiadini
Goal77
16
PertsevaNatalia Pertseva
Yellow Card77
9
PanicoPatrizia Panico (C)
19
TsybutovichKsenia Tsybutovich
Yellow Card90+2
19
PiniCarolina Pini
Substitution64
21
MorozovaElena Morozova
21
CarissimiMarta Carissimi
Yellow Card49

Substitutes

12
KochnevaElena Kochneva (GK)
12
CupidoMichela Cupido (GK)
22
VazhnovaGalina Vazhnova (GK)
22
PenzoSara Penzo (GK)
2
TerekhovaElena Terekhova
10
ZorriTatiana Zorri
Substitution74
Goal90+3
4
SochnevaEkaterina Sochneva
Substitution46
11
FuselliSilvia Fuselli
6
MyskivNadezhda Myskiv
13
MottaGiorgia Motta
7
ShmachkovaOksana Shmachkova
14
ParisiAlice Parisi
13
RogovaAlla Rogova
15
GuagniAlia Guagni
Substitution64
14
KharchenkoNadezhda Kharchenko
16
NeboliLaura Neboli
17
DanilovaElena Danilova
Substitution60
17
VicchiarelloEvelyn Vicchiarello
18
TsydikovaSvetlana Tsydikova
18
ContiPamela Conti
20
BarbashinaNatalia Barbashina
Substitution68
20
ManieriRaffaella Manieri

Coach

Igor Shalimov (RUS) Pietro Ghedin (ITA)

Referee

Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)

Assistant referees

Judit Kulcsár (HUN), Marina Wozniak (GER)

Fourth official

Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)

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