Juventus Stadium - Turin 10/09/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Italy - Czech Republic
2-1
 

Italy - Czech Republic 2-1 - 10/09/2013 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Italy bound for Brazil after Czech turnaround

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 22.00CET
Italy bound for Brazil after Czech turnaround
Mario Balotelli eventually got the better of Petr Čech in Turin ©AFP/Getty Images

Italy have confirmed their place in the FIFA World Cup finals, coming from behind to beat the Czech Republic 2-1 and claim top spot in Group B with two games to spare.

The Azzurri trailed to Libor Kozák's 19th-minute strike at the Juventus Stadum. Yet Giorgio Chiellini's header and a Mario Balotelli penalty within the space of three second-half minutes ensured there would be even more reason to celebrate on the night that Gianluigi Buffon matched Fabio Cannavaro's record of 136 caps for Italy.

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Standings

Last updated: 11/09/2013 08:09 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Match statistics

Italy
Czech Republic

2

Goals scored

1

17

Total attempts

9

8

Attempts on target

3

6

off target

4

6

blocked

2

1

against woodwork

0

12

Corners

3

5

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

1

10

Fouls committed

20

19

Fouls suffered

10

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Red Card
    89
    Kolář (Czech Republic) is shown a second yellow card and is dismissed.
  • Substitution
    86
    Thiago Motta (in) - Montolivo (out) (Italy)
  • Substitution
    78
    Ogbonna (in) - Pasqual (out) (Italy)

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