Ta' Qali National Stadium - Ta' Qali 26/03/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Malta - Italy
0-2
 

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Balotelli double keeps Italy flying high

Published: Tuesday 26 March 2013, 23.00CET
Balotelli double keeps Italy flying high
Mario Balotelli has now scored ten goals in his last nine games for club and country ©Getty Images

Italy consolidated their position at the top of FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B as Mario Balotelli struck twice in the first half to secure a fourth win in a row.

With the Ta' Qali National Stadium a sell-out, the home crowd were hoping Pietro Ghedin's team could avoid defeat for the first time against Italy and earn a first point of the campaign. However, AC Milan forward Balotelli dampened their ardour with an eighth-minute penalty, before his second goal on the stroke of half-time secured the Azzurri a three-point lead over second-placed Bulgaria.

Lineups

Malta

Malta

Italy

Italy

1Haber (GK)1Buffon (GK) (C)
16
2Caruana5De Sciglio
3A. Muscat7Abate
4Sciberras8Marchisio
6Dimech9Balotelli
8
45
86
7Failla
82
14El Shaarawy
76
8Briffa15Barzagli
9M. Mifsud (C)
16
88
18Montolivo
13Schembri19Bonucci
15Herrera21Pirlo
17R. Camilleri23Giaccherini
61

Substitutes

12Hogg (GK)13Sirigu (GK)
5Agius12De Sanctis (GK)
10Cohen
82
2Maggio
11R. Fenech3L. Antonelli
14P. Fenech4Florenzi
16T. Vella
88
6Poli
18R. Muscat10Giovinco
19Borg11Gilardino
86
16Cerci
76
17Ranocchia
20Candreva
61
22Diamanti

Coaches

Pietro Ghedin (ITA) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 12:40 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Match statistics

Malta
Italy

0

Goals scored

2

8

Total attempts

13

2

Attempts on target

3

5

off target

8

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

0

2

Corners

7

0

Offsides

6

0

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

19

Fouls committed

9

9

Fouls suffered

19

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Substitution
    88
    T. Vella (in) - M. Mifsud (out) (Malta)
  • Substitution
    86
    Gilardino (in) - Balotelli (out) (Italy)
  • Substitution
    82
    Cohen (in) - Failla (out) (Malta)
  • Substitution
    76
    Cerci (in) - El Shaarawy (out) (Italy)

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