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Italians stunned by Belarus

Published: Friday 28 May 2004, 0.57CET
Italy 1-2 Belarus Italy got off to a poor start by losing to Belarus and having Daniele Bonera sent off in Group A.

Match statistics

ItalyBelarus

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A(Host country: Germany)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro11003213
2Belarus Belarus11002113
3Italy Italy100112-10
4Croatia Croatia100123-10

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:55 CET
Published: Friday 28 May 2004, 0.57CET

Italians stunned by Belarus

Italy 1-2 Belarus Italy got off to a poor start by losing to Belarus and having Daniele Bonera sent off in Group A.

By Mark Bennett at the Ruhrstadion

Four-times champions Italy got their UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign off to the worst possible start by losing 2-1 to Belarus in Group A and having their captain sent off.

Bonera red
Roman Kirenkin's sixth-minute header was followed by Aleksandr Gleb's sweet second to put the unfancied Belarussians into a shock lead and although the prolific Alberto Gilardino gave them hope by halving the deficit, that quickly evaporated when his Parma AC team-mate Daniele Bonera was sent off.

Fiery start
Both sides began with a fiery intensity and several good tackles in the opening minutes enabled Belarus to wrestle control of the match in an obvious attempt to keep the action as far away from their goal as possible. The Italians for their part looked a little surprised by the outsiders' early commitment, with Aleksandr Gleb leading the way.

Kirenchin opener
The Belarussians' quick movement and good passing in midfield gave Claudio Gentile's side good reason to be fearful - and they found themselves behind after just six minutes. Timofei Kalachev sent a corner curling into the area, where Kirenkin met the ball unchallenged by the Italian defence to head the opening goal.

Belarus untroubled
After ten minutes, Yuri Puntus' side retreated slightly and appeared quite content to sit back and wait for their chances on the break. This gave Italy, winners of this competition four times since 1992, more possession in midfield. But they nonetheless failed to come up with anything to trouble the Belarus defence.

Italy chances
Gentile's players needed 36 minutes before they even created a clear-cut chance. Emiliano Moretti's cross somehow found Cristian Zaccardo in front of goal, but goalkeeper Yuri Zhevnov made a brave diving save to his left. Three minutes later as Italy pressed, Zaccardo turned provider, but Alberto Gilardino sent his header over the bar.

Amelia nowhere
At the other end Belarus continued to make the most of their opportunities. Shortly before half-time Aleksandr Gleb was given enough space 22 metres from goal to unleash a shot and the VfB Stuttgart playmaker's effort left Marco Amelia floundering as it flew into the net.

Simulation penalised
Italy battled hard to come back early in the second half, but Giuseppe Sculli was unlucky when he arrived a split-second too late to meet a cross from Simone Del Nero. Their desperation showed 60 seconds later when Gilardino tumbled to ground in the area but and was promptly booked for simulation.

Gilardino strikes
Gilardino showed the brighter side of his game on 58 minutes, rising to meet a cross from substitute Giandomenico Mesto to hand Italy a lifeline. But Bonera's dismissal in added time for a stray elbow on Artem Kantsavy all but confirmed a famous Belarus victory.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.50CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2004/matches/round=1608/match=74207/postmatch/report/index.html#italians+stunned+belarus

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Belarus

Belarus

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
1
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
2
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo
2
TarasenkaValery Tarasenka
3
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
3
MoloshDmitri Molosh
5
BoneraDaniele Bonera
5
BagaAleksei Baga (C)
7
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Substitution81
6
PankovetsAleksei Pankovets
Substitution63
9
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Yellow Card50
Goal58
8
KornilenkoSergei Kornilenko
10
BrighiMatteo Brighi (C)
Substitution56
9
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Substitution64
11
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Goal44
Substitution83
13
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Yellow Card13
11
KalachevTimofei Kalachev
15
DonadelMarco Donadel
Yellow Card74
19
KirenkinRoman Kirenkin
Goal6
19
Del NeroSimone Del Nero
Substitution52
21
ShkabaraOleg Shkabara

Substitutes

12
AgliardiFederico Agliardi (GK)
12
TsygalkoYuri Tsygalko (GK)
22
ZottiCarlo Zotti (GK)
22
LohvinavIhar Lohvinav (GK)
4
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
4
SashchekoDenis Sashcheko
6
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Substitution81
7
SuchkouAleksei Suchkou
Substitution63
8
PalomboAngelo Palombo
13
SokalViktar Sokal
Substitution83
14
BovoCesare Bovo
14
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
Substitution64
16
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
15
RozhkovIgor Rozhkov
17
MestoGiandomenico Mesto
Substitution56
16
ShmigeroPavel Shmigero
18
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
17
TsyhalkaMaksim Tsyhalka
20
CaraccioloAndrea Caracciolo
18
BeganskiPavel Beganski
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
Substitution52
20
KirilchikPavel Kirilchik

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) Yuri Puntus (BLR)

Referee

Matthew David Messias (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Drysdale (ENG), Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)

Fourth official

Markus Schmidt (GER)

Legend:

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