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Magic Maccarone sinks England

Published: Monday 20 May 2002, 20.15CET
A superb goal from Massimo Maccarone gave Italy a 2-1 win against England.

Match statistics

ItalyEngland

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards1
 
0

Standings

Group 1: ITA / POR / ENG / SUI

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Italy Italy21103214
2England England21013303
3Switzerland Switzerland21013213
4Portugal Portugal201113-21

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:51 CET
Published: Monday 20 May 2002, 20.15CET

Magic Maccarone sinks England

A superb goal from Massimo Maccarone gave Italy a 2-1 win against England.

A superb goal from Massimo Maccarone saw Italy earn a 2-1 win against England in Monday's UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group A tie in Basel..

Superb goal
The Empoli FC striker gathered the ball in space just outside the England penalty area, dazzled defender Chris Riggott with a deft touch and drove the ball beyond goalkeeper Paul Robinson's right hand from 18 metres for a goal which deserved to win any tie.

Disallowed effort
However, after a scintillating tie at the Saint Jakob stadium, England manager David Platt might feel a little hard done by after a 44th-minute headed goal from giant defender Zak Knight was ruled out for a push on Italy's Emiliano Bonazzoli.

Agonisingly close
Bonazzoli and Maccarone caused England problems all night with playmaker Andrea Pirlo pulling the strings. Maccarone had good shots just off target in the 26th and 27th minutes and was agonisingly close to getting on the end of Pirlo's lofted cross after 33 minutes for what would have been a certain goal.

Off the post
However, just two minutes later it was England's turn to feel the pain as a Paul Konchesky free-kick bounced back off the foot of Italy goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli's left-hand post.

Dunn saves England
England's confidence grew as the first half went on and Leeds United AFC's Alan Smith began to show some excellent touches to unnerve the Italy defence, but it was the reigning champions who went closest to opening the scoring after 43 minutes when Bonazzoli connected perfectly with Pirlo's corner only to see the ball headed off the line by England captain David Dunn.

Good awareness
The second half saw both sides attacking with renewed fervour and Robinson had to be off his line at lightning pace to grab the ball off Bonazzoli's feet as the striker chased a deft through-ball from midfield after 50 minutes.  At the other end, Gareth Barry's ten-metre header from Konchesky's lofted free-kick was just over Pelizzoli's crossbar after 55 minutes, but Italy took the lead just three minutes later.

Maccarone on target
England failed to regain possession after Pirlo's corner was cleared, and the same player was able to thread a perfect ball through to Maccarone who held off a challenge from Riggott before jabbing the ball under the on-rushing Robinson.

Fierce volley
Italy seemed to build in confidence after opening the scoring, but England were nonetheless back on level terms after 64 minutes. Dunn floated an exceptional ball across Italy's penalty area to find Barry waiting at the far post, and the Aston Villa FC player volleyed the ball inside Pelizzoli's right-hand post to draw his side level.

Excellent save
Italy could have been ahead again after 69 minutes as subsititute Vincenzo Iaquinta produced an excellent low shot across Robinson with his first touch of the game but the goalkeeper did brilliantly to push the ball wide for a corner.

'A great finish'
However, when the goal finally came for Italy after 84 minutes, it was well worth waiting for and Platt was the first to applaud Maccarone's efforts after the final whistle. "It was a great finish that beat us and also a great touch that set him up," said Platt. "We have a disappointed dressing room because we know we performed well but the message to the players is that there is no time to be diasappointed because we have another game in two days time."

Late red card
Indeed, England never gave up and they were almost handed a lifeline at the end of the game when Italy defender Daniele Bonera was shown the red card for an off-the-ball challenge on Davis as England tried to take a free-kick. "If it was a red-card offence then the England player involved should have gone as well," said Italy coach Claudio Gentile.

'The right way'
However, the anger over Bonera's dismissal could not take anything away from his side's achievements tonight. "I was delighted with the match-winning performance of Maccarone and with his team who rediscovered their team spirit and won the game the right way," concluded Gentile.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.58CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

England

England

22
PelizzoliIvan Pelizzoli (GK)
1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
2
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Yellow Card80
Red Card90+2
2
YoungLuke Young
3
BelliniGiampaolo Bellini
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
Yellow Card66
4
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
4
DavisSean Davis
Yellow Card26
7
MarchionniMarco Marchionni
6
BarryGareth Barry
Goal63
8
BrighiMatteo Brighi
Substitution71
7
DunnDavid Dunn (C)
9
MaccaroneMassimo Maccarone
Goal54
Goal84
Substitution90+3
12
RiggottChris Riggott
10
PirloAndrea Pirlo (C)
14
PruttonDavid Prutton
Substitution85
11
BonazzoliEmiliano Bonazzoli
Substitution66
17
SmithAlan Smith
Yellow Card40
16
NataliCesare Natali
Yellow Card90+2
18
KnightZat Knight
17
BlasiManuele Blasi
19
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
RossiGeneroso Rossi (GK)
13
TaylorStuart Taylor (GK)
12
SpadavecchiaVitangelo Spadavecchia (GK)
22
HowarthRussell Howarth (GK)
6
DonatiMassimo Donati
Substitution90+3
10
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+1
19
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Substitution71
Yellow Card90+1
11
PennantJermaine Pennant
Substitution85
21
IaquintaVincenzo Iaquinta
Substitution66
5
TaylorMartin Taylor
5
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
8
GreeningJonathan Greening
13
CastelliniPaolo Castellini
9
ChristieMalcolm Christie
14
DainelliDario Dainelli
15
JenasJermaine Jenas
15
LucchiniStefano Lucchini
16
ParkerScott Parker
18
GattiFabio Gatti
20
ZamoraBobby Zamora
24
CaraccioloAndrea Caracciolo
21
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) David Platt (ENG)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Jedvaj (CRO), Martin Balko (SVK)

Fourth official

Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution