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

Qualifying round - Group B

Armenia - Italy
1-3
 

Armenia - Italy 1-3 - 12/10/2012 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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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

Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Italy

Italy

1Berezovski (GK) (C)1Buffon (GK) (C)
5Arzumanyan2Maggio
6Mkrtchyan
60
4Criscito
7Artur Edigaryan
57
65
8Marchisio
14Movsisyan10Giovinco
45+1
60
15Mkoyan
10
15Barzagli
16V. Aleksanyan
81
16De Rossi
64
17Artak Edigaryan17Osvaldo
81
18Mkhitaryan
27
18Montolivo
88
21Manoyan
77
19Bonucci
14
23Özbiliz21Pirlo
11
74

Substitutes

12Kasparov (GK)22Sirigu (GK)
2Harutyunyan (GK)12De Sanctis (GK)
20Hambartsumyan3Chiellini
3Yuspashyan5Verratti
8Voskanyan6Balzaretti
13K. Hovhannisyan7Abate
11Sarkisov
77
13Giaccherini
74
19Badoyan14El Shaarawy
60
22Manucharyan
65
76
20Destro
9Malakyan23Diamanti
10Muradyan9Candreva
88

Coaches

Vardan Minasyan (ARM) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Press kits

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
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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