Italy through to Finland finals

Published: Wednesday 29 October 2008, 16.45CET
Italy 2-1 Czech Republic (agg: 3-1)
Tatiana Zorri's penalty and a Patrizia Panico goal later in the first half gave Italy a play-off win that takes them to next summer's finals in Finland.

by Paolo Menicucci
Italy through to Finland finals
Italy are through to the finals ©
Published: Wednesday 29 October 2008, 16.45CET

Italy through to Finland finals

Italy 2-1 Czech Republic (agg: 3-1)
Tatiana Zorri's penalty and a Patrizia Panico goal later in the first half gave Italy a play-off win that takes them to next summer's finals in Finland.

Italy qualified for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ after completing a 3-1 aggregate defeat of the Czech Republic in their qualifying play-off.

Victory secure
Leading from Saturday's away leg in Prague thanks to a late Patrizia Panico goal, Italy scored first today in Gubbio through Tatiana Zorri's penalty. The same player set up Panico to make it two before the break and although Czech Republic captain Pavlina Ščasná pulled one back, her side were eliminated in a play-off by Italy for the second UEFA European Women's Championship running.

Gabbiadini threat
Home coach Pietro Ghedin decided Melania Gabbiadini was fit to start after a recent thigh injury, the winger having sat out the first leg, and on seven minutes she found space on the right and her cross reached Panico just outside the penalty box, only for Czech Republic goalkeeper Marcela Zbořilová to make a fine save. The visitors came close eleven minutes later when Adéla Pivonková headed just wide.

Zorri penalty
Panico combined well with Pamela Conti before firing in a low shot with her right foot which, once again, Zbořilová was equal to. Two minutes later the Czech keeper produced another difficult stop from a header by Gabbiadini, yet on the half-hour the winger was brought down in the area by Zbořilová and Zorri gave Italy the lead from the spot.

Panico goal
It was nearly 2-0 shortly afterwards when Panico's pass allowed Gabbiadini to run through the Czech defence and hit the post to Zbořilová's left. Seven minutes from the interval, however, the advantage did increase as Panico headed in a free-kick by Zorri from the right. The half ended with a dangerous strike by Katerina Došková which flew just wide.

Arrears reduced
Gabbiadini had another opportunity immediately after half-time but her lob over the onrushing Zbořilová dropped off target. The Czechs reduced the deficit with 23 minutes left when Ščasná dribbled past defender Elisabetta Tona and delivered an emphatic finish. Italy still had the cushion of two goals, though, and that stayed intact despite a late Došková shot that went narrowly wide. In added time Irena Martínková was sent off for a second yellow card to salt Czech wounds. Italy can now look forward to the final-round draw in Helsinki on 18 November.

Last updated: 30/10/08 8.06CET

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Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1Chiara Marchitelli (GK)1Marcela Zbořilová (GK)
Yellow Card70'
2Sara Gama3Petra Bertholdová
3Roberta D'Adda18Iva Mocová
5Elisabetta Tona7Veronika Pincová
6Viviana Schiavi
Yellow Card74'
8Lucie Heroldová
4Alessia Tuttino4Lucie Martínková
Red Card90+1'
7Giulia Domenichetti14Petra Vyštejnová
10Tatiana Zorri
Yellow Card22'
6Adéla Pivoňková
11Pamela Conti
17Irena Martínková
9Patrizia Panico (C)
Yellow Card89'
9Pavlína Ščasná (C)
Yellow Card14'
8Melania Gabbiadini
11Kateřina Došková
Yellow Card59'


12Anna Maria Picarelli (GK)16Ivana Odlasová (GK)
13Giorgia Motta2Lucie Florková
14Laura Neboli5Michaela Marková
15Alessandra Barreca10Blanka Pěničková
Yellow Card87'
16Silvia Fuselli
12Markéta Ringelová
17Valentina Boni
13Martina Danielová
18Valeria Pirone15Lucie Kladrubská


Pietro Ghedin (ITA) Dušan Žovinec (CZE)


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Anna Nyström (SWE), Helen Karo (SWE)

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Cristina Cini (ITA)


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