Draw leaves Italy playing catch-up

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 21.36CET
Italy 1-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina
The visitors secured their first Group 3 point in the most unlikely of places to leave the five-time winners well adrift of leaders Wales.
by Paolo Menicucci
Draw leaves Italy playing catch-up
Mario Balotelli had a late chance for Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalyBosnia and Herzegovina

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts13
 
5
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners9
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
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Matches

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 21.36CET

Draw leaves Italy playing catch-up

Italy 1-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina
The visitors secured their first Group 3 point in the most unlikely of places to leave the five-time winners well adrift of leaders Wales.

Bosnia-Herzegovina secured their first Group 3 point in the most unlikely of places as they held Italy to a 1-1 draw in Mantova which leaves the five-time winners well adrift of pacesetters Wales.

Bright start
The Azzurrini started well and took the lead after eight minutes when Guido Marilungo gave a lovely pass from midfielder Andrea Poli the finish it deserved. It looked like the start of a routine victory for the visitors but the Bosnians had not read the script and equalised with 30 minutes played when Josip Corić curled in from just inside the penalty area.

Attacking trident
Pierluigi Casiraghi's side pressed for the majority of the second half while only forcing home goalkeeper Ibrahim Šehić into action on a couple of occasions, the first to keep out an Angelo Ogbonna header after the centre-back met Mario Balotelli's corner. The No1 also denied Balotelli near the end, by which time Federico Macheda and Alberto Paloschi were playing alongside the FC Internazionale Milano forward.

Wales on top
Italy are nine points behind Wales, 2-0 victors against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, with two games in hand. They next meet the side immediately above them, Hungary, in Gyor on 13 November.

 

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Last updated: 14/10/09 9.35CET

Related information

Lineup

Italy

Italy

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1Andrea Seculin (GK)1Ibrahim Šehić (GK)
2Guiseppe Bellusci2Boris Savić
3Lorenzo De Silvestri (C)3Muhamed Subašić
4Ivan Castiglia
Substitution60'
4Gordan Bunoza
5Andrea Ranocchia5Toni Šunjić
Yellow Card68'
6Angelo Ogbonna
Yellow Card71'
6Nenad Kiso
7Roberto Soriano
Substitution79'
7Goran Galešić
Substitution85'
8Andrea Poli
Yellow Card75'
10Adin Dzafic (C)
Yellow Card54'
9Alberto Paloschi11Josip Ćorić
Goal30'
Yellow Card60'
Substitution90'
10Mario Balotelli15Emil Miljković
Substitution77'
11Guido Marilungo
Goal8'
Yellow Card38'
Substitution68'
18Ognjen Vranješ
Yellow Card71'

Substitutes

12Mattia Perin (GK)12Marko Śušac (GK)
13Gabriele Angella8Nebojša Pejić
Substitution77'
14Davide Brivio9Mateo Sušić
15Luca Marrone
Substitution60'
13Nedeljko Malić
Substitution90'
16Antonino Barillà14Almir Bekić
17Cristian Pasquato
Substitution79'
16Zoran Milutinović
Substitution85'
18Federico Macheda
Substitution68'
17Marin Aničić

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Branimir Tulić (BIH)

Referee

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Assistant referees

Serafim Baia Nogueira (POR), Sérgio Serrão (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Jorge Lourenço Batista (POR)

Legend:

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

See also