Italy back in business

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 21.45CET
Italy 2-0 Luxembourg
The Azzurrini made amends for Friday's 2-1 defeat against Wales and earned their first points in Group 3 with victory in Novara.
by Paolo Menicucci
Italy back in business
Andrea Poli celebrates his goal for Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ItalyLuxembourg

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts23
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
20

Matches

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 21.45CET

Italy back in business

Italy 2-0 Luxembourg
The Azzurrini made amends for Friday's 2-1 defeat against Wales and earned their first points in Group 3 with victory in Novara.

Italy made amends for Friday's 2-1 defeat against Wales and earned their first points in Group 3 in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by beating Luxembourg 2-0 in Novara.

Poli opener
The goals came in added time at the end of each half with the Azzurrini taking the lead on the stroke of half-time when Andrea Ranocchia headed a cross by Mattia Mustacchio towards Andrea Poli and the UC Sampdoria midfielder beat Luxembourg goalkeeper Lex Menster from close range. Alberto Paloschi had a couple of good opportunities in the first half and he missed another early in the second, shooting wide with only Menster to beat.

Balotelli strike
Luxembourg came close to equalising in the 70th minute when Christophe Scholer fired over after connecting with Naby Twimumu's cross. Italy responded with a dangerous header by defender Lorenzo Ariaudo and a number of long-range shots by Mario Balotelli, who eventually made it two in added time when he turned in Guido Marilungo's cross from the right on the break.

SSI Err
Last updated: 08/09/09 22.54CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Italy

Italy

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

1Andrea Seculin (GK)1Lex Menster (GK)
Substitution64'
2Guiseppe Bellusci4Christophe Scholer
3Davide Brivio6Michel Kettenmeyer
Yellow Card81'
4Roberto Soriano
Yellow Card30'
Substitution61'
10Naby Twimumu
5Andrea Ranocchia (C)11Stefano Bensi
Yellow Card23'
Substitution79'
6Lorenzo Ariaudo13Tom Siebenaler
7Mattia Mustacchio
Substitution90'
14Tom Laterza
8Andrea Poli
Goal45+1'
15Maurice Deville
Substitution56'
9Alberto Paloschi
Substitution76'
16Lars Gerson
Yellow Card70'
10Mario Balotelli
Yellow Card37'
Goal90+3'
17Mirko Albanese
11Antonino Barillà
Yellow Card87'
18Andy May (C)

Substitutes

12Vincenzo Fiorillo (GK)12Yan Heil (GK)
Substitution64'
13Andrea Rispoli
Substitution90'
2Kevin Leite
14Gabriele Angella3Alexandre Semedo
15Tommaso Bianchi5Sergio Texeira
16Francesco Bolzoni
Substitution61'
7Chris Sagramola
Substitution79'
17Cristian Pasquato8Cédric Bastos
Substitution56'
18Guido Marilungo
Substitution76'
9Alessandro Alunni

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Luc Holtz (LUX)

Referee

Albano Janku (ALB)

Assistant referees

Denis Rexha (ALB), Gezim Koka (ALB)

Fourth official

Bardhyl Pashaj (ALB)

Legend:

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

See also