Mustacchio strike lifts Italy above Wales

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.00CET
Italy 1-0 Wales
Mattia Mustacchio's strike left the hosts top of Group 3, with coach Pierluigi Casiraghi "really, really happy" to be in the play-offs.
by Marco Ghighi
from Adriatico Stadium
Mustacchio strike lifts Italy above Wales
Mattia Mustacchio celebrates Italy's winner against Wales ©Getty Images
 

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Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts7
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners0
2
Fouls committed12
 
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Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.00CET

Mustacchio strike lifts Italy above Wales

Italy 1-0 Wales
Mattia Mustacchio's strike left the hosts top of Group 3, with coach Pierluigi Casiraghi "really, really happy" to be in the play-offs.

Italy took top spot in Group 3 and a place in the 2010/11 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs with a narrow win against their nearest rivals in Pescara.

A draw for Wales would have been enough to take them into Friday's draw, but Mattia Mustacchio's strike handed the three points to Pierluigi Casiraghi's side, who reached the semi-finals of the 2009 edition in Sweden only to lose 1-0 to eventual winners Germany. As for Brian Flynn's Wales, they have not qualified for the play-offs as one of the four best runners-up.

The only goal of the game came after just 14 minutes, with a fine cross from Luca Marrone picking out winger Mustacchio to score his first international goal at this level via a finish into the far corner. It was a relief for coach Casiraghi, whose side also held their nerve to win another crucial qualifier in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the same margin on Friday.

"We played very well in two very important matches, winning both 1-0," said the former Juventus, S.S. Lazio and Chelsea FC striker. "I'm really, really happy, even though I know we haven't reached our target yet. If you look back at where we were two months ago, I have to be proud of my players and myself too.

"Andrea Ranocchia and Angelo Ogbonna are great defenders," he added. "Thanks to them and their team-mates we didn't get into any trouble against Bosnia and Herzegovina or Wales."

Last updated: 08/09/10 16.11CET

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Italy

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Wales

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1Vito Mannone (GK)1Christopher Maxwell (GK)
2Ezequiel Schelotto2Adam Matthews
Substitution34'
3Lorenzo Ariaudo
Yellow Card59'
3Neil Taylor
4Francesco Bolzoni4Andy King
5Andrea Ranocchia (C)5Neal Eardley
6Angelo Ogbonna6Aaron Morris
7Mattia Mustacchio
Goal14'
Substitution74'
7Joe Allen
Substitution80'
8Luca Marrone
Substitution56'
8Mark Bradley
Yellow Card55'
Substitution56'
9Stefano Okaka
Substitution80'
9Hal Robson-Kanu
10Diego Fabbrini10Simon Church
11Guido Marilungo
Yellow Card59'
11Shaun MacDonald (C)
Yellow Card59'

Substitutes

12Mattia Perin (GK)12David Cornell (GK)
13Gabriele Angella13David Stephens
14Danilo D'Ambrosio
Substitution74'
14Ashley Richards
Substitution34'
15Roberto Soriano
Substitution56'
15Ryan Doble
Substitution56'
16Cristian Pasquato16Joseph Partington
17Fabio Borini17Jake Taylor
18Mattia Destro
Substitution80'
18Marc Williams
Substitution80'

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Brian Flynn (WAL)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Wilco Lobbert (NED), Coen Droste (NED)

Fourth official

Kamphuis Jochem (NED)

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