Alberto Braglia - Modena 11/09/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Italy - Malta
2-0
 

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Italy off the mark with minimum fuss

Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 23.30CET
Italy 2-0 Malta
First international goals by Mattia Destro and Federico Peluso earned the Azzurri their first win in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B.
Italy off the mark with minimum fuss
Mattia Destro takes the acclaim after his opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Italy
Malta

2

Goals scored

0

21

Total attempts

3

4

Attempts on target

1

12

off target

2

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

15

Corners

2

2

Offsides

1

0

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

2

Fouls committed

12

11

Fouls suffered

1

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Malta

Malta

1Buffon (GK) (C)1Hogg (GK)
90+1
3Peluso
90+2
3A. Muscat
51
86
5Cassani4Sciberras
8Marchisio5Agius
9Osvaldo
69
6Dimech
15Barzagli7Bogdanovic
69
19Bonucci8Briffa
20Destro
5
82
9M. Mifsud (C)
21Pirlo13Schembri
71
22Diamanti
46
14Herrera
23Nocerino15Borg

Substitutes

31De Sanctis (GK)18Haber (GK)
30Sirigu (GK)23Gauci (GK)
6Ogbonna2Caruana
11Pazzini
69
10Cohen
69
75
12Maggio11Barbara
13Giovinco
82
17R. Camilleri
86
16Poli19P. Fenech
17Insigne
46
20Bajada
18Acerbi21Azzopardi
25Verratti22R. Fenech
26Giaccherini24Agius
29Borini

Coaches

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Pietro Ghedin (ITA)

Referee

Antti Munukka (FIN)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 15:06 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 23.30CET

Italy off the mark with minimum fuss

Italy 2-0 Malta
First international goals by Mattia Destro and Federico Peluso earned the Azzurri their first win in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B.

Italy bounced back from the disppointment of drawing 2-2 against Bulgaria in their Group B opener to record a 2-0 win against Malta in Modena.

The Azzurri took the lead after five minutes from their first real attack when Mattia Destro beat the Malta offside trap to latch on to Claudio Marchisio's pass and beat the onrushing Andrew Hogg with a precise shot. Italy fans at the Stadio Alberto Braglia may have thought it would be the first of many goals, but they had to wait until added time to see the second when Federico Peluso headed in from a corner.

Soon after Destro's opener, Hogg saved a dangerous free-kick by Alessandro Diamanti with the help of the crossbar, while a last-gasp tackle by Luke Dimech kept out Pablo Osvaldo's close-range effort after another fine pass by Marchisio.

With André Schembri shadowing Andrea Pirlo around the pitch, Italy were short of ideas for the rest of the half and coach Cesare Prandelli decided to replace Diamanti with Lorenzo Insigne at the break, handing the SSC Napoli forward his international debut. The 21-year-old ignited the Azzurri attack with his runs and dribbling but Malta – coached by the Italian Pietro Ghedin – continued to defend well.

Hogg saved an effort by Antonio Nocerino, Marchisio fired over from just outside the penalty area and substitute Giampaolo Pazzini shot wide after a good ball by Insigne. Just when Italy seemed to be settling for the narrowest of victories, Peluso headed in a Pirlo corner. Italy have four points after two games now while Malta are yet to get off the mark.

Last updated: 08/05/14 8.11CET

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