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

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
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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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Malta

Malta

1Gianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)1Andrew Hogg (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
3Federico Peluso
Goal90+2
3Alex Muscat
Yellow Card51
Substitution86
5Mattia Cassani4Gareth Sciberras
8Claudio Marchisio5André Agius
9Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution69
6Luke Dimech
15Andrea Barzagli7Daniel Bogdanovic
Substitution69
19Leonardo Bonucci8Roderick Briffa
20Mattia Destro
Goal5
Substitution82
9Michael Mifsud (C)
21Andrea Pirlo13André Schembri
Yellow Card71
22Alessandro Diamanti
Substitution46
14Edward Herrera
23Antonio Nocerino15Steve Borg

Substitutes

31Morgan De Sanctis (GK)18Justin Haber (GK)
30Salvatore Sirigu (GK)23Reuben Gauci (GK)
6Angelo Ogbonna2Jonathan Caruana
11Giampaolo Pazzini
Substitution69
10Andrew Cohen
Substitution69
Yellow Card75
12Christian Maggio11Etienne Barbara
13Sebastian Giovinco
Substitution82
17Ryan Camilleri
Substitution86
16Andrea Poli19Paul Fenech
17Lorenzo Insigne
Substitution46
20Shaun Bajada
18Francesco Acerbi21Ian Azzopardi
25Marco Verratti22Ryan Fenech
26Emanuele Giaccherini24Edmond Agius
29Fabio Borini

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Pietro Ghedin (ITA)

Referee

Antti Munukka (FIN)

Assistant referees

Matti Heininen (FIN), Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)

Fourth official

Dennis Antamo (FIN)

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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