Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - Milan 16/10/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Italy - Denmark
3-1
 

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Ten-man Italy leave Denmark in the mire

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.15CET
Italy 3-1 Denmark
Riccardo Montolivo, Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli all scored as Italy shrugged off Pablo Osvaldo's red card to move clear at the Group B summit.
Ten-man Italy leave Denmark in the mire
Riccardo Montolivo celebrates after putting Italy in front against Denmark ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Italy
Denmark

3

Goals scored

1

10

Total attempts

12

5

Attempts on target

4

1

off target

7

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

3

Corners

7

2

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

3

1

Red Cards

0

8

Fouls committed

21

21

Fouls suffered

7

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 15:33 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.15CET

Ten-man Italy leave Denmark in the mire

Italy 3-1 Denmark
Riccardo Montolivo, Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli all scored as Italy shrugged off Pablo Osvaldo's red card to move clear at the Group B summit.

Italy hold a four-point advantage at the top of Group B after defeating Denmark 3-1 at San Siro, despite having to play almost the entire second half with ten men.

Riccardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi looked to have put the Azzurri in control with two goals in a five-minute spell just after the half-hour but Denmark responded in first-half stoppage time through William Kvist. Danish hopes rose again when Pablo Osvaldo was sent off seconds after the restart but Mario Balotelli struck a third Italy goal in the 54th minute and Cesare Prandelli's men now have ten points from four FIFA World Cup qualifying games.

Denmark, by contrast, have just two from a possible 12, a gloomy position contrasting with their bright start in Milan where Nicklas Bendtner just missed the target with a header after three minutes. Morgan De Sanctis, replacing the injured Gianluigi Buffon in the Azzurri goal, then had to dive to his right to claw away a powerful shot by Christian Eriksen.

Italy went close after 19 minutes when Simon Kjær headed a Claudio Marchisio shot off his own line but in the 33rd minute, they got the breakthrough. Balotelli found Montolivo on the edge of the box with a neat back-heel and the AC Milan midfielder unleashed a powerful angled shot beyond the reach of Stephan Andersen. It was two soon after as De Rossi headed in from Andrea Pirlo's right-wing cross.

Denmark got back into the game in the first minute of first-half added time when Kvist unleashed a volley from a deflected cross by Lars Jacobsen from the right.

Italy then became a man light after Osvaldo was sent off for elbowing Nicolai Stokholm but home anxieties were eased when Pirlo's perfect long pass found Balotelli behind the Denmark defence and the striker, on the stretch, sent a first-time volley over the outrushing Andersen.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.06CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Denmark

Denmark

12Morgan De Sanctis (GK)
Yellow Card90
1Stephan Andersen (GK)
3Giorgio Chiellini2Nicolai Stokholm
Yellow Card76
6Federico Balzaretti3Simon Kjær
7Ignazio Abate4Daniel Agger (C)
8Claudio Marchisio
Substitution74
6Lars Jacobsen
9Mario Balotelli
Goal54
Substitution89
7William Kvist
Goal45+1
Yellow Card52
Substitution60
15Andrea Barzagli8Christian Eriksen
16Daniele De Rossi
Goal37
Yellow Card39
9Michael Krohn-Dehli
Substitution83
17Pablo Osvaldo
Red Card46
10Dennis Rommedahl
18Riccardo Montolivo
Goal33
Substitution85
11Nicklas Bendtner
Yellow Card79
21Andrea Pirlo (C)12Michael Silberbauer
Substitution72

Substitutes

22Salvatore Sirigu (GK)16Jesper Hansen (GK)
12Emiliano Viviano (GK)22Steffen Rasmussen (GK)
2Christian Maggio5Simon Poulsen
4Domenico Criscito13Jores Okore
10Antonio Candreva
Substitution74
14Kasper Lorentzen
Substitution72
11Alberto Gilardino15Thomas Kristensen
13Emanuele Giaccherini
Substitution85
17Casper Sloth
14Stephan El Shaarawy18Emil Larsen
19Leonardo Bonucci19Jakob Poulsen
Substitution83
20Mattia Destro
Substitution89
20Thomas Kahlenberg
Substitution60
23Sebastian Giovinco21Daniel Wass

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Morten Olsen (DEN)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Matej Žunič (SVN), Bojan Ul (SVN)

Fourth official

Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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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