Hrazdan Central Stadium - Yerevan 12/10/2012 - 19:00CET (21:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Armenia - Italy
1-3
 

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Resolute Italy head off Armenia challenge

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 21.14CET
Armenia 1-3 Italy
Second-half headers from AS Roma duo Daniele De Rossi and Pablo Osvaldo earned the Azzurri a hard-fought victory in Yerevan.
by Paolo Menicucci
Resolute Italy head off Armenia challenge
Daniele De Rossi (left) celebrates with Pablo Osvaldo ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Armenia
Italy

1

Goals scored

3

11

Total attempts

17

6

Attempts on target

7

3

off target

6

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

10

Corners

3

0

Offsides

8

5

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

24

Fouls committed

7

7

Fouls suffered

23

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 13:59 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 21.14CET

Resolute Italy head off Armenia challenge

Armenia 1-3 Italy
Second-half headers from AS Roma duo Daniele De Rossi and Pablo Osvaldo earned the Azzurri a hard-fought victory in Yerevan.

Second-half goals from Daniele De Rossi and Pablo Osvaldo earned Italy a hard-fought victory against Armenia in Yerevan, allowing the UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up to remain top of FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B.

Andrea Pirlo's penalty gave the Azzurri an early lead but Henrik Mkhitaryan made it 1-1 before the half-hour mark. There was no response to headers from AS Roma duo De Rossi and Osvaldo, however, as Cesare Prandelli's side earned three important points.

Italy started well and Osvaldo quickly called Roman Berezovski into action with a right-footed shot. The Armenia goalkeeper then made a superb diving save, clawing away a Pirlo free-kick that looked destined for the top corner.

Berezovski was again up to the task after a close-range back-heel from Riccardo Montolivo, though the Italy midfielder picked up the rebound and earned a penalty as Hrayr Mkoyan handled the ball. Pirlo sent Berezovski the wrong way from the spot.

Italy wasted several opportunities to double their lead, the biggest coming when Osvaldo fired over following a nice pass from Pirlo. The visitors soon paid for the lapse as Mkhitaryan ran through the Italy defence to beat Gianluigi Buffon with a precise low shot.

After the interval Giovinco missed the target from close range after a fine run, while Davit Manoyan forced Buffon into a testing save with his volley. On 64 minutes De Rossi restored Italy's lead, heading in Pirlo's cross. Nine minutes from time the Roma midfielder sent in a free-kick from the left that allowed club-mate Osvaldo to all but seal victory.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.35CET

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Lineup

Armenia

Armenia

Italy

Italy

1Roman Berezovski (GK) (C)1Gianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
5Robert Arzumanyan2Christian Maggio
6Karlen Mkrtchyan
Yellow Card60
4Domenico Criscito
7Artur Edigaryan
Yellow Card57
Substitution65
8Claudio Marchisio
14Yura Movsisyan10Sebastian Giovinco
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution60
15Hrayr Mkoyan
Yellow Card10
15Andrea Barzagli
16Valeri Aleksanyan
Yellow Card81
16Daniele De Rossi
Goal64
17Artak Edigaryan17Pablo Osvaldo
Goal81
18Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Goal27
18Riccardo Montolivo
Substitution88
21Davit Manoyan
Substitution77
19Leonardo Bonucci
Yellow Card14
23Aras Özbiliz21Andrea Pirlo
Goal11
Substitution74

Substitutes

12Gevorg Kasparov (GK)22Salvatore Sirigu (GK)
2Artur Harutyunyan (GK)12Morgan De Sanctis (GK)
20Hovhannes Hambartsumyan3Giorgio Chiellini
3Artur Yuspashyan5Marco Verratti
8Taron Voskanyan6Federico Balzaretti
13Kamo Hovhannisyan7Ignazio Abate
11Artur Sarkisov
Substitution77
13Emanuele Giaccherini
Substitution74
19Zaven Badoyan14Stephan El Shaarawy
Substitution60
22Edgar Manucharyan
Substitution65
Yellow Card76
20Mattia Destro
9Edgar Malakyan23Alessandro Diamanti
10Karen Muradyan9Antonio Candreva
Substitution88

Coach

Vardan Minasyan (ARM) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Siniša Premužaj (CRO), Igor Krmar (CRO)

Fourth official

Ante Vučemilović (CRO)

Legend:

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

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