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Italy inspired by Gilardino goals

Published: Sunday 6 June 2004, 0.57CET
Italy 3-1 Portugal Italy booked a place in the final and this summer's Olympic Games.

Match statistics

ItalyPortugal

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Sunday 6 June 2004, 0.57CET

Italy inspired by Gilardino goals

Italy 3-1 Portugal Italy booked a place in the final and this summer's Olympic Games.

Italy's opening day defeat by Belarus could not have seemed further away as Alberto Gilardino inspired a third straight victory that took the Azzurrini into Tuesday's UEFA European Under-21 Championship final against Serbia and Montenegro and booked them a spot in this summer's Olympic Games.

Happy return
Gilardino, returning from suspension, scored the first goal and swiftly made the second for Gianpiero Pinzi. Although Pedro Oliveira pulled one back, Gilardino added another strike near the end. Portugal meet Sweden on Tuesday for third place and the remaining Olympic berth alongside the two U21 finalists and hosts Greece.

Donadel steps in
Having beaten Croatia 1-0 to win Group A, Italy were able to welcome back Gilardino but lost Simone Del Nero - sent off in the victory - to a ban. Marco Donadel stepped into midfield.

Suspended trio
Midfield players Raúl Meireles and Carlos Martins and striker Lourenço all picked up suspensions when Portugal eliminated hosts Germany on Wednesday. Bruno Aguiar started in midfield, captain Ricardo Costa, returning from a ban, also began the game while Oliveira was up front for the injured Hugo Almeida.

Level opening
It was a level opening between two teams who had won reputations for excitement in the group stage. However, around the quarter-hour mark Italy began to have the better of the play, and within ten further minutes were 2-0 up.

Italian goal
Captain Daniele Bonera made the first goal as he won the ball on the right and whipped in a cross for Gilardino to head in on the penalty spot. Portuguese goalkeeper Moreira then had to claw away a deflected Donadel free-kick, but he was soon beaten again.

Lead doubled
Gilardino's cross was flicked on by Giuseppe Sculli and Pinzi leapt to head the ball in off the post. Moments later Gilardino volleyed over when through on goal and Portugal were able to recover and swiftly halve the deficit. Danny found Oliveira, but although his shot was blocked, Danny won back the ball on the left and laid it off to Jorge Riberia, whose strong shot was turned in by Oliveira.

Pinzi banned
There was still time for Italy to have two shots blocked in the area, and the pace of the game did not drop after the interval. Pinzi sent in a deep cross which Sculli could not reach, but that was the second goalscorer's final action as he was booked for a foul - meaning a suspension on Tuesday - and was immediately substituted.

Clever lob
Carlitos then sent a clever lob over Ameila that was heading on to the goal, but the goalkeeper scurried back to claw the ball away. This was the cue for Italy to withdraw into defence, as they had done successfully against Croatia.

Deciding strike
As Portugal poured forward they left space at the back for Gilardino, took full advantage 13 minutes from time with an accurate finish. There was no way back for Portugal against an Italian side looking to repeat their triumph of 2000.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.38CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Portugal

Portugal

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
3
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
2
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
Substitution49
5
BoneraDaniele Bonera (C)
4
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
6
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Substitution86
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa (C)
7
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Goal24
Substitution55
6
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
8
PalomboAngelo Palombo
7
Pedro OliveiraPedro Oliveira
Goal28
9
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal19
Goal77
11
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro
11
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Substitution73
14
João PauloJoão Paulo
13
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
17
Bruno AguiarBruno Aguiar
14
BovoCesare Bovo
19
CarlitosCarlitos
15
DonadelMarco Donadel
20
DannyDanny
Substitution62

Substitutes

12
AgliardiFederico Agliardi (GK)
12
Bruno ValeBruno Vale (GK)
22
ZottiCarlo Zotti (GK)
22
BetoBeto (GK)
2
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo
8
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
4
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
13
Pedro RibeiroPedro Ribeiro
10
BrighiMatteo Brighi
Substitution86
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
Substitution49
16
PotenzaAlessandro Potenza
16
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution62
17
MestoGiandomenico Mesto
Substitution55
18
CustódioCustódio
18
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
20
CaraccioloAndrea Caracciolo
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
Substitution73

Coach

Claudio Gentile (ITA) José Pratas Romão (POR)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)

Fourth official

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Legend:

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