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  • 7 June 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège (Luik)
  • Referee: S. Gumienny

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 5'
    Game over. Italy lose to Ireland 2-0! A poor display from Prandelli's side. Confused and out of ideas from every angle.
  • 90' + 3'
    SubstitutionStephen Ward Damien Delaney
  • 90' + 2'
    Three minutes to go until the final whistle following the five minutes of injury time.
  • 90'
    GOAL! And Ireland have doubled their lead with Cox as he slides Hunts cross home. Italy fall asleep!
  • 89'
    Goal Simon Cox
  • 89'
    Ward fires hopelessly forward. Italy break with Balzaretti, but his cross is a little long.
  • 87'
    Montolivo's free kick is charged down by Hunt who seems to be getting to everything that comes his way.
  • 85'
    Five minutes remain, and Ireland are holding out well for what will be great win for them.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionDarren O'Dea Stephen Kelly
  • 83'
    Kelly comes on for Ireland as O'Dea goes off. The Fulham man is given time by his Italian coach.
  • 81'
    Montolivo's shot is charged down as Italy go all out attack in desperate search for a goal.
  • 79'
    Time is running out for the Italians as Giovinco finds Balzaretti, but Coleman makes a last-gasp challenge to stop the Palermo man.
  • 77'
    Cassano is on the bench looking at the action, how he would love to be on the field. Giovinco continues to be the dangerman.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionAndy Keogh Keith Treacy
  • 75'
    Giovinco is the only positive from this Italy side tonight. He is creating and dictating, but Gilardino's is slow off the mark to meet his throughball.
  • 73'
    Prandelli is off his bench shouting instructions to his players, but little progress is being made on the pitch.
  • 71'
    Montolivo's shot is charged down by O'Dea as la Nazionale continue to struggle. Ireland have a great sense of defending as Trapattoni's hand is obvious here.
  • 69'
    Free kick for Italy on the edge of the box as Giovinco is fouled. It's in a dangerous area. Giovinco takes it, but the ball curls over the bar.
  • 67'
    Italy continue to attack with Giovinco who sets up Montolivo. He finds Matri, but he is closed down.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionDomenico Criscito Federico Balzaretti
  • 65'
    Ireland continue to frustrate the Italians as Matri is wrongly caught offside. Prandelli's men just have no answers in a game which has started to become drab.
  • 63'
    Cassani's cross is partially cleared, but Marchisio's shot is woeful as the ball ends up in the stands. Terrible effort. Italy are in difficulty.
  • 61'
    Matri tries to flick it through to Gilardino, but he fails to control and the ball ends up safely in Forde's hands.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionShane Long Simon Cox
  • 60'
    SubstitutionKevin Foley Glenn Whelan
  • 59'
    SubstitutionAntonio Nocerino Sebastian Giovinco
  • 59'
    Gilardino is introduced to the fray for Pazzini as is Giovinco for Nocerino as Prandelli looks for more of an attacking threat for his side.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionGiampaolo Pazzini Alberto Gilardino
  • 57'
    Despite playing with conviction for most of the game, Italy just cannot illuminate their game with a goal. Ireland hold on very well. They are playing tight and agressively.
  • 55'
    Pazzini does well to turn the ball towards Matri who spins on it, but he drags his shot well wide of goal. Italy still struggle to penetrate up front.
  • 53'
    Ohhh! Montolivo finds Matri, but he takes too many touches and the ball goes out of play as he fails to control well on a wet surface.
  • 51'
    Palombo goes long in search of Chiellini, but the effort is poor.
  • 49'
    Criscito does well to win the corner as Everton's Coleman challenges the Genoa man.
  • 47'
    SubstitutionGiuseppe Rossi Alessandro Matri
  • 47'
    Palombo swings it in for the Azzurri, but Forde comes out to make the save.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAndrea Pirlo Angelo Palombo
  • 45'
    Ireland get the second half underway as Matri wins a quick free kick after the restart.
  • 45' + 1'
    And the half ends with Nocerino smashing a long-range effort over the bar.
  • 45'
    There will be one minute of injury time as Nocerino finds Criscito, but he is challenged off the ball before he can cross.
  • 43'
    Trapattoni's side are well set up and they are frustrating the Azzurri as Pirlo tries to dictate some play.
  • 41'
    Just a few minutes before the end of the half remain, but Prandelli is looking concerned. He wants an equaliser for the interval, but Italy are struggling.
  • 39'
    The Azzurri are fighting hard to get themselves back on track, but Ireland have the psychological boost behind them on a wet night in Belgium.
  • 37'
    Italy look stunned by Ireland's opener. The Azzurri have made all the play and have dominated, but the boys in green are ahead.
  • 36'
    Goal Keith Andrews
  • 36'
    GOAL! AND IRELAND HAVE SCORED! Andrews smashes one hard and low into the bottom corner following Hunt's knock. Viviano has no chance to save it.
  • 35'
    Free kick to Ireland on the edge of the box. Viviano comes to claim the ball following a deflection off the Italian wall.
  • 33'
    Wonderful play by Rossi who turns superbly to feed Marchisio, but his touch is heavy and Forde can come off his line to claim the ball.
  • 31'
    Yellow Card Keith Andrews
  • 31'
    Italy are leading a relenteless assault on Ireland with some Barcelona-style football. Trapattoni's men can't handle the pace of the Azzurri's game.
  • 29'
    Great shot by Nocerino which is tipped over by Forde, but the referee says no corner amid protests from the Azzurri. What a stunning strike by the Palermo man.
  • 27'
    Ohhh! Great play by Italy as Marchisio sets up Pazzini, but he smashes the ball well wide after delaying his effort.
  • 25'
    Rossi tees up Montolivo, but his shot is deflected, and saved by Forde. The Fiorentina man is dangerous on the edge of the box.
  • 23'
    Hunt fouls Pirlo and he goes into the book following a poor challenge as he knees the Italian.
  • 22'
    Yellow Card Stephen Hunt
  • 21'
    Criscito appears to be struggling with a knock. Balzaretti warms up and there could be some early changes.
  • 19'
    Free kick to Italy as O'Dea handles the ball. It's a dangerous area in Pirlo territory. Rossi and Pirlo over the ball. Pirlo hits the wall with his curler. But, Italy keep the ball.
  • 17'
    Rossi is causing all sorts of trouble for Ireland with his pace and quick touch. The rain is making for a fast game as the ball zips across the surface.
  • 15'
    Ohh! What a chance for Ireland as Long drags his shot wide of the mark. The number 10 runs past a static Italy defence, but his finish goes past the wrong side of Viviano's post.
  • 13'
    Italy starting to raise the bar as Cassani's cross puts Ireland's defence under pressure, but Nocerino cannot finish at the far post.
  • 11'
    Ohhh! Great work by Criscito to feed Montolivo. The Fiorentina man shoots from distance, but St. Ledger heads clear.
  • 9'
    Free kick to Ireland as Criscito fouls Keogh. It's taken short by Andrews, but Hunt makes a mess of it as he kicks the ball out of play.
  • 7'
    Rossi is fouled from behind. The free kick is taken quickly, but Italy give away possession. Foley makes a mistake, but Rossi is unable to take advantage.
  • 5'
    Great touch from Rossi as he controls the ball well for his side. Nazionale are playing some great one touch pass football here in Liege.
  • 3'
    Chiellini closes down Foley as Italy come away, but Ward kicks the ball out for an Azzurri throw. The Irish are pressing high up the pitch.
  • 1'
    And we are off as the Italians kick off. They are unbeaten this year with three wins and a draw. Pazzini wins a corner after just 30 seconds. Pirlo's effort is poor as McShane clears.
  • The players are out on the pitch. It's raining and Italy are all in white. Ireland in green and black kits.
  • And the Ireland starting XI: Forde; McShane, St. Ledger, O’Dea, Ward; Coleman, Foley, Andrews, Lawrence; Long, Cox. Subs: Murphy, Delaney, Kelly, Whelan, Treacy, Hunt, Keogh.
  • Here are the official line ups for the game: Italy starting XI: Viviano; Cassani, Gamberini, Chiellini, Criscito; Nocerino, Pirlo, Marchisio; Montolivo; Pazzini, Rossi. Subs: Buffon, Maggio, Balzaretti, Ogbonna, Ranocchia, Palombo, Giovinco, Cassano, Gilardino, Matri, Sirigu.
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