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

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Denmark

Denmark

12De Sanctis (GK)
90
1Andersen (GK)
3Chiellini2Stokholm
76
6Balzaretti3Kjær
7Abate4Agger (C)
8Marchisio
74
6Jacobsen
9Balotelli
54
89
7Kvist
45+1
52
60
15Barzagli8Eriksen
16De Rossi
37
39
9Krohn-Dehli
83
17Osvaldo
46
10Rommedahl
18Montolivo
33
85
11Bendtner
79
21Pirlo (C)12Silberbauer
72

Substitutes

22Sirigu (GK)16J. Hansen (GK)
12Viviano (GK)22Rasmussen (GK)
2Maggio5S. Poulsen
4Criscito13Okore
10Candreva
74
14Lorentzen
72
11Gilardino15Kristensen
13Giaccherini
85
17Sloth
14El Shaarawy18E. Larsen
19Bonucci19J. Poulsen
83
20Destro
89
20Kahlenberg
60
23Giovinco21Wass

Coaches

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Morten Olsen (DEN)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Press kits

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
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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