Soriano keeps Italy in touch with Wales

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 21.55CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-1 Italy
Roberto Soriano's goal ensured Pierluigi Casiraghi's side remain in the play-off hunt ahead of their game against Group 3 leaders Wales.
by Jasmin Ligata
from Grbavica Stadium
Soriano keeps Italy in touch with Wales
Gordan Bunoza (left) of Bosnia and Herzegovina pursues Italy's Okaka ©Fedja Krvavac
 

Match statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaItaly

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts1
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners2
 
4
Fouls committed17
 
17

Matches

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 21.55CET

Soriano keeps Italy in touch with Wales

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-1 Italy
Roberto Soriano's goal ensured Pierluigi Casiraghi's side remain in the play-off hunt ahead of their game against Group 3 leaders Wales.

Italy drew level on points with Group 3 leaders Wales thanks to a 1-0 victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina in their penultimate UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying fixture.

Wales can reclaim top spot in the section with a win against Hungary on Saturday but now know that anything less than three points will open the door for Pierluigi Casiraghi's side in the race for an automatic play-off berth. The Azzurrini, who welcome Wales to Pescara on Tuesday, prevailed against Bosnia-Herzegovina thanks to Roberto Soriano's goal 15 minutes from time, reward for their first-half superiority.

Cristian Pasquato's free-kicks proved particularly threatening but it was Stefano Okaka who spurned the best chance when he shot wide after Soriano's clever pass. The visitors were equally dominant in possession after the break but again struggled to find a way through, Ibrahim Šehić smothering Guido Marilungo when the substitute appeared to be in on goal. The deadlock was finally broken courtesy of an sharp Italy counterattack, Marilungo providing the incisive pass and Soriano the emphatic finish.

Last updated: 04/09/10 0.58CET

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Team profiles

Lineup

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Italy

Italy

1Ibrahim Šehić (GK) (C)1Vito Mannone (GK)
2Muhamed Bešić2Danilo D'Ambrosio
3Muhamed Subašić3Lorenzo Ariaudo
4Marin Aničić4Roberto Soriano
Goal75'
5Gordan Bunoza
Yellow Card45+1'
5Andrea Ranocchia (C)
8Ivan Sesar
Substitution70'
6Angelo Ogbonna
9Muhamed Mujić
Substitution85'
7Ezequiel Schelotto
11Goran Galešić8Luca Marrone
Yellow Card40'
14Nemanja Bilbija
Substitution45+1'
9Stefano Okaka
Substitution55'
15Anes Haurdić10Cristian Pasquato
Substitution60'
16Nenad Kiso
Yellow Card27'
11Alberto Paloschi
Substitution83'

Substitutes

12Dino Hamzić (GK)12Mattia Perin (GK)
6Zlatko Kazazić13Gabriele Angella
7Enes Sipović14Antonio Mazzotta
Substitution83'
10Danijel Kožul
Substitution70'
15Andrea Mazzarani
13Sanid Mujakiċ
Substitution85'
16Diego Fabbrini
Substitution60'
17Dejan Jakovljeviċ17Fabio Borini
18Kenan Handžić
Substitution45+1'
Yellow Card81'
18Guido Marilungo
Substitution55'

Coach

Branimir Tulić (BIH) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Alan Black (NIR)

Assistant referees

Gareth Eakin (NIR), Andrew Neeson (NIR)

Fourth official

Arnold Hunter (NIR)

Legend:

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

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