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  • 16 November 2011
  • • 01:15
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes
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Italy 0-1 Uruguay: Wasteful Azzurri Defeated Courtesy Of Seba Fernandez's Early Strike

Italy 0-1 Uruguay: Wasteful Azzurri Defeated Courtesy Of Seba Fernandez's Early Strike

Uruguay players celebrating against Italy (Getty Images)

The Malaga forwards early strike proves the winner as the hosts fail to make most of their oppurtunities

Uruguay defeated Italy 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Tuesday nights international friendly, an early goal from Sebastian Fernandez was enough to see off Cesare Prandelli's men who wasted numerous oppurtunites to equalise.

The hosts started the game brightly and could have gone ahead in the first minute, a neat chip from Claudio Marchisio fell to Mario Balotelli but the young striker was denied by Fernando Muslera.

 

However moments later and the visitors took the lead, Martin Caceres found some space on the right flank before his low cross found Fernandez, who made no mistake to give the Copa America holders the lead.

 

The home side were now dominating the possession and came close to equalizing twice in minutes, with Balotelli’s long range effort denied by the impressive Muslera, before Dani Osvaldo headed wide following a great cross from Cristian Maggio.

 

The game then slowed down with chances at a premium, however just before half time the hosts went close, Andrea Pirlo’s cross was met by Osvaldo but the Roma striker’s header sailed just past the post.

 

The second half began as a real end to end affair, with Gianluigi Buffon forced into action to deny Edison Cavani, before Muslera pulled of another great save to deny substitute Simone Pepe.

 

As the game went on the hosts were still pushing for the equalizer with Maggio’s drive from the right side of the box flying just past the post before substitute Alessandro Matri long

 

Then with just over ten minutes to go, the Italians missed a great oppurtuntity to level the tie, with Muslera producing an outstanding save to deny Federico Balzaretti hooked effort, after a neat ball from Daniele De Rossi.

 

The away side managed to hang onto their slender lead despite going down to ten men, when in the 81st minute Alvaro Pereira saw red for a handball just outside the area.

 

This result sees Uruguay remain unbeaten in their last 13 matches, while Italy lose their first game since the shock 2-0 defeat to the Republic Of Ireland back in June.

 

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