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Stubborn Northern Ireland hold Italy in check

Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 23.50CET
Northern Ireland 0-0 Italy
Nigel Worthington's side continued their impressive start to qualifying Group C with a valuable point at Windsor Park.
by Paolo Menicucci
Stubborn Northern Ireland hold Italy in check
Italy's Marco Borriello reacts after missing a chance in Belfast ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Northern IrelandItaly

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts7
 
18
Attempts on target2
 
8
Attempts off target3
 
8
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
5
Offsides1
 
4
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
8
Fouls suffered6
 
5

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 23.50CET

Stubborn Northern Ireland hold Italy in check

Northern Ireland 0-0 Italy
Nigel Worthington's side continued their impressive start to qualifying Group C with a valuable point at Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland's impressive start to UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying continued as they resisted heavy second-half pressure to hold Italy to a goalless draw in Group C.

Nigel Worthington's side had won in Slovenia last month and produced another solid display to frustrate their visitors, although it might have been even better had David Healy or Steven Davis been able to convert  presentable opportunities. Northern Ireland will nevertheless travel to the Faroe Islands in good heart for their next game on Tuesday, when Italy play Serbia.

The best chances of the opening period arrived at either end in quick succession just past the half-hour. First, Chris Brunt curled in a cross that Healy, unmarked, headed wide of the back post from close range. Moments later, Marco Borriello outpaced the home defence to reach Andrea Pirlo's perfectly-weighted long ball but his shot was blocked by Maik Taylor, Antonio Cassano curling the rebound narrowly wide.

Italy finished the first half the stronger and Domenico Criscito's cross found Stefano Mauri, who headed straight into Taylor's arms. Cassano then found space down the left and picked out Daniele De Rossi for a powerful shot from the edge of the box that was blocked by Northern Irish defenders.

Mauri also sent a left-foot volley over early in the second period as Italy increased the pressure. Pirlo shot over when well placed and Cassano forced Taylor to tip over a dangerous effort, before Giorgio Chiellini went close with another header from Pirlo's corner. Northern Ireland stood firm, however, and might have snatched the points themselves only for Emiliano Viviano to save a low Davis shot in the final minute.

Last updated: 17/11/10 11.18CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Italy

Italy

1
TaylorMaik Taylor (GK)
1
VivianoEmiliano Viviano (GK)
2
McAuleyGareth McAuley
3
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
3
J. EvansJonny Evans
4
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
5
CraiganStephen Craigan
5
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
6
BairdChris Baird
6
MauriStefano Mauri
Substitution79
7
DavisSteven Davis
7
PepeSimone Pepe
Substitution84
8
McCannGrant McCann
Substitution80
10
CassanoAntonio Cassano
9
HealyDavid Healy
Substitution66
11
BorrielloMarco Borriello
Substitution74
10
FeeneyWarren Feeney
16
CassaniMattia Cassani
11
BruntChris Brunt
Substitution71
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo (C)
18
HughesAaron Hughes (C)
23
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci

Substitutes

12
TuffeyJonathan Tuffey (GK)
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
4
ClinganSammy Clingan
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Substitution79
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
Substitution80
14
BovoCesare Bovo
14
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution66
17
PalomboAngelo Palombo
15
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution71
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
16
PattersonRory Patterson
20
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution74
17
GormanJonny Gorman
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution84

Coach

Nigel Worthington (NIR) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Alexandre Castro (FRA)

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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