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Italy denied by Portugal

Published: Friday 17 May 2002, 22.00CET
Portugal's ten men held defending champions Italy to a 1-1 draw in Basel.

Match statistics

ItalyPortugal

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target0
1
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Group 1: ITA / POR / ENG / SUI

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1England England11002113
2Italy Italy10101101
2Portugal Portugal10101101
4Switzerland Switzerland100112-10

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:54 CET
Published: Friday 17 May 2002, 22.00CET

Italy denied by Portugal

Portugal's ten men held defending champions Italy to a 1-1 draw in Basel.

Defending champions Italy were held 1-1 by the ten men of Portugal in their opening game of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

Advantage Portugal
The Portuguese struck first in a hot-tempered Group 1 match at the Saint Jakob stadium when FC Porto's Helder Postiga fired past Ivan Pelizzoli from the edge of the penalty area on 48 minutes.

Italy level
But the Italians were handed a lifeline with the sending-off of Portugal captain Jorge Ribeiro - one they grabbed with both hands to equalise through Emiliano Bonazzoli. The Parma AC striker headed Andrea Pirlo's corner beyond Sérgio Leite and into the top corner on 55 minutes.

Azzurrini miss out
Bonazzoli then passed up the chance of a winner by nodding over the crossbar, having outjumped his marker Vasco Faísca. Even more guilty was defender Matteo Ferrari who directed a free header high and wide from six metres. The Azzurrini's profligacy was not lost on their coach, Claudio Gentile, who said: "We had our chances and could have won the game through Ferrari and Bonazzoli."

Ferrari fortunate
And nor was that Ferrari's worst crime. In a first half in which Agostinho de Oliveira's team enjoyed the better moments, the Internazionale FC defender almost had a nightmare one - overhitting a back pass which beat his goalkeeper but also the post.

Slow starters
Certainly, Portugal made most of the running once Bonazzoli had seen a shot cleared off the line by Ribeiro in the first minute. "It was handball, it should have been a penalty," claimed Gentile. "We made a poor start, but after ten minutes we played the better team game and were quicker on the ball," Oliveira countered. Twice the exciting Miguel broke clear down the left and into the Italian box to no avail before he finally beat Pelizzoli with a chip that bounced back off the crossbar.

Maccarone taster
But while he and Helder Postiga continued to ask questions of an often irritable Italian defence, it was the highly-rated Massimo Maccarone who almost sent his team into a half-time lead. The Empoli FC man tricked his way past Paulo Ferreira before drawing a smart stop out of Sérgio Leite on the half-volley.

Hot tempers
Normal service seemed to be resumed when Helder Postiga got the goal his efforts deserved from Miguel's pass - but that was reckoning without a fraying of tempers on a hot night. Thiago and Miguel of Portugal and Italy's Bonera were all booked in a fractious spell which climaxed with Ribeiro's dismissal for a high tackle on Marco Marchionni. "It was really hot out there and we weren't used to it," Pirlo said. "They passed the ball round well and gave us little room to exploit." His coach added: "We could have made better use of our numerical advantage."

Portugal nearly plunder
Still, Portuguese heads did not drop and they might even have stolen the points through the lively Cândido Costa and Helder Postiga. The latter, in particular, was unlucky with a chip that caught out Pelizzoli but sailed centimetres wide.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.58CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Portugal

Portugal

22
PelizzoliIvan Pelizzoli (GK)
1
Sérgio LeiteSérgio Leite (C)
2
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Yellow Card52
3
Vilhena FaiscaVasco Manuel Vilhena Faisca
3
BelliniGiampaolo Bellini
Yellow Card40
4
TonelTonel
4
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
5
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro
Red Card53
5
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
Substitution58
6
EdnilsonEdnilson
Substitution58
7
MarchionniMarco Marchionni
7
Cândido CostaCândido Costa
8
BrighiMatteo Brighi
8
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
9
MaccaroneMassimo Maccarone
Substitution75
9
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Goal48
Substitution78
10
PirloAndrea Pirlo (C)
16
TiagoTiago
Yellow Card46
11
BonazzoliEmiliano Bonazzoli
Goal57
20
MiguelMiguel
Substitution87
17
BlasiManuele Blasi
Yellow Card36
21
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira

Substitutes

1
RossiGeneroso Rossi (GK)
12
Márcio SantosMárcio Santos (GK)
12
SpadavecchiaVitangelo Spadavecchia (GK)
22
IvoIvo (GK)
16
NataliCesare Natali
Substitution58
2
BriguelBriguel
Substitution58
24
CaraccioloAndrea Caracciolo
Substitution75
11
Filipe TeixeiraFilipe Teixeira
Substitution87
6
DonatiMassimo Donati
15
MakukulaAriza Makukula
Substitution78
13
CastelliniPaolo Castellini
10
Paulo CostaPaulo Costa
14
DainelliDario Dainelli
13
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
15
LucchiniStefano Lucchini
14
AlhandraAlhandra
18
GattiFabio Gatti
17
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
19
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
18
SemedoAntónio Semedo
20
IaquintaVincenzo Iaquinta
19
NecaNeca

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) Agostinho Oliveira (POR)

Referee

Bernhard Brugger (AUT)

Assistant referees

Martin Balko (SVK), Levan Mikeladze (GEO)

Fourth official

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution