Barillà improves Italy's fortunes

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 19.45CET
Luxembourg 0-4 Italy
Antonino Barillà scored twice as the Azzurrini secured a comfortable win to claw back some ground on pacesetters Wales in Group 3.
by Steffen Potter
Barillà improves Italy's fortunes
Antonino Barillo scored twice for Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LuxembourgItaly

Goals scored0
4
Yellow cards5
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts3
 
15
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners4
 
8
Fouls committed18
 
13

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Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 19.45CET

Barillà improves Italy's fortunes

Luxembourg 0-4 Italy
Antonino Barillà scored twice as the Azzurrini secured a comfortable win to claw back some ground on pacesetters Wales in Group 3.

Antonino Barillà scored twice as Italy secured a comfortable victory over Luxembourg to claw back some ground on pacesetters Wales to remain in contention in Group 3 of qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Crunch fixtures to come
The five-time winners began the day five points adrift of Hungary, who they lost to on Friday, and a daunting nine behind leaders Wales. Those deficits have now been reduced by three and, with games against both sides to come, Pierluigi Casiraghi's team are by no means out of the reckoning. They did not break the deadlock in Luxembourg until the 37th minute when Barillà was left with a simple finish after good work from Lorenzo De Silvestri.

Marilungo header
Reggina Calcio midfielder Barillà turned into an unguarded net to double his personal tally on 77 minutes, by which time the Azzurrini had already scored a second courtesy of substitute Roberto Soriano, who converted the rebound after the impressive Ezequiel Matias Schelotto had been denied. Barilla turned provider with seven minutes remaining, sending in the corner from which Guido Marilungo, who had only come off the bench five minutes previously, met with his head for Italy's fourth. The result leaves Luxembourg marooned on four points, while Italy are buoyed ahead of the visit of Hungary in March.

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Last updated: 17/11/09 21.23CET

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Team profiles

Lineup

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Italy

Italy

1Yan Heil (GK)
Yellow Card68'
1Vito Mannone (GK)
2Tom Laterza
Yellow Card51'
2Lorenzo De Silvestri (C)
3Michel Kettenmeyer3Davide Santon
4Tom Siebenaler4Francesco Bolzoni
5Christophe Scholer
Yellow Card49'
Substitution72'
5Lorenzo Ariaudo
6Joël Pedro
Yellow Card76'
6Angelo Ogbonna
7Andy May (C)7Ezequiel Schelotto
Substitution71'
8Lars Gerson
Substitution46'
8Luca Marrone
Substitution28'
9Gilles Bettmer9Stefano Okaka
Yellow Card77'
Substitution79'
10Massimo Martino
Yellow Card38'
10Fabio Borini
11Naby Twimumu
Substitution60'
11Antonino Barillà
Yellow Card35'
Goal38'
Goal77'

Substitutes

12Philippe Hahm (GK)12Vincenzo Fiorillo (GK)
13Clayton Moreira13Gabriele Angella
14Gérard Geisbusch14Francesco Renzetti
15Mathias Jänisch
Substitution72'
15Roberto Soriano
Substitution28'
Goal68'
16Mirko Albanese
Substitution60'
16Mattia Mustacchio
Substitution71'
17Alessandro Alunni17Federico Macheda
18Dimitri Kitenge
Substitution46'
18Guido Marilungo
Substitution79'
Goal83'

Coach

Luc Holtz (LUX) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Thomas Vejlgaard (DEN)

Assistant referees

Lars Hummelgaard (DEN), David Vang Andersen (DEN)

Fourth official

Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

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