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  • February 29, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: F. Aydinus
  • • Attendance: 15000

Live Commentary

  • This result is a huge building block for Klinsmann. The team played well for the most part and showed some potential with Altidore, Boyd. Dempsey continues to show why he is the best American player in the world right now. This is Alex Labidou signing off. Feel free to contact me at @sportslab on twitter.
  • 90' + 4'
    Game over!!! The U.S. has pulled off a huge upset beating Italy for the first time in 82 years. This was also the first time that Italy has lost in Genoa.
  • 90' + 3'
    SubstitutionClint Dempsey Edson Buddle
  • 90' + 3'
    Clutch interception from Bocanegra who cuts off an Italy attack.
  • 90' + 2'
    Edgy moment for the US. De Rossi gets the ball in the box and passes to Montilovio whose shot just edges wide right.
  • 90' + 1'
    The U.S. subs have been excellent for Klinsmann. Providing energy and resilience to the lineup.
  • 90'
    Four minutes of added time for both teams.
  • 88'
    US is two minutes away in regulation time from one of its best wins in history.
  • 87'
    Williams does a good job inside the US final third of holding onto the ball and drawing a foul.
  • 85'
    Spector has done a good job with several key headers and interceptions in the box.
  • 82'
    Italy keeps on charging into the US's final third but Klinsmann's men keep on responding with key tackles and counters.
  • 80'
    Updated stats: Italy 11 shots, 8 on target. US: 4 shots, 2 on target.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionJozy Altidore Terrence Boyd
  • 79'
    Great save by Howard on Borini chip shot. Boyd is showing some energy on offense.
  • 78'
    Tenth offside call by Italy. Terrance Boyd is coming on the bench. Making his USA debut ahead of his senior debut for Dortmund.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionFabian Johnson Jonathan Spector
  • 77'
    Bocanegra makes a lucky save on Pazzini run in goal. Italy is coming at the US trying to equalize.
  • 76'
    Johnson is coming off for Spector. Great game by the German-American.
  • 74'
    Bocanegra looks furious as Pazzini shoves him into the goal net during a stoppage of play. The ref didn't see the action though.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionBrek Shea Sacha Kljestan
  • 73'
    Italy takes it corner but Altidore kicks it away from the box.
  • 72'
    Shea is coming off for Kljestan. The U.S. are less than 20 minutes away from its first win against Italy.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionClaudio Marchisio Ignazio Abate
  • 71'
    SubstitutionChristian Maggio Daniele De Rossi
  • 70'
    More subs are about to come on for Italy, the team's last two moves. Abate comes on for Maggio. Stalwart Danielle De Rossi comes on as well.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Carlos Bocanegra
  • 68'
    Altidore forces Chiellini into a yellow card after the forward beat the center back on a run.
  • 67'
    The game is getting physical as the US tries to keep its 1-0 lead.
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Giorgio Chiellini
  • 62'
    Amazing save by Tim Howard on Borini's first shot for the Italian national team.
  • 61'
    While Pirlo has been outstanding, Italy's attack at times has looked confused.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionAlessandro Matri Fabio Borini
  • 58'
    SubstitutionThiago Motta Giampaolo Pazzini
  • 58'
    Another offsides call for Italy. The team is about to bring on two forwards Pazzini and Borini for Matri and Motta.
  • 55'
    Assist Jozy Altidore
  • 55'
    Goal Clint Dempsey
  • 55'
    GOALLLL!!!! DEMPSEY SCORES!!!! Great feed by Altidore. Altidore got the ball in the box and taps it to Dempsey who finishes!!!
  • 51'
    OFFSIDES AGAIN! That's Italy's eighth time.
  • 50'
    Italy has become very aggressive in the second half. It's clear that the team wants to score early.
  • 49'
    Not to sound like a broken record but yet ANOTHER offsides call for Italy.
  • 48'
    Another offsides call against the Italy national side this time Giovinco.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAntonio Nocerino Riccardo Montolivo
  • 46'
    SubstitutionDomenico Criscito Giorgio Chiellini
  • 45'
    Montolivo has come on for Nocerino, Chielini comes on for Criscito.
  • 45'
    The U.S. kicks off the second half!!!
  • Players are coming back on the field and the second half is about to start.
  • So far Klinsmann's team has looked sharp and even a little bit deadly on offense. While there are still improvements to be made, the U.S. should be happy with this performance so far. Have any questions on the match, hit me up on twitter @sportslab .
  • 45' + 2'
    And the first half comes to close.
  • 45'
    So far Howard has four saves while Buffon has one recorded save.
  • 41'
    Bradley's long range FK gets punched away from Buffon and Italy wins back possession.
  • 40'
    Pirlo drags Dempsey allowing the American to get another FK.
  • 37'
    What a save from Buffon!! Dempsey rifles in a strong powerful FK but the veteran keeper stops the shot with his right hand while standing.
  • 35'
    Shea finds Altidore just outside the box and the striker is fouled, earning a free kick.
  • 32'
    Italy's defense and midfield has picked up its effort. The U.S. hasn't had as much time on the ball over the past five minutes.
  • 29'
    More stats: Italy has four shots, three on targets versus the U.S. having two shots, none on target.
  • 28'
    New York Mets Hall of Famer Mike Piazza is in the stands.
  • 26'
    Shea almost gets through several defenders in the Italy penalty box. The U.S. has looked strong so far.
  • 25'
    Altidore can't find the end of Dempsey's pass canceling a promising U.S. attack.
  • 23'
    The US continues to play well against Italy, maintaining possession and earning another corner.
  • 21'
    Terrible shot by Maurice Edu from the middle.
  • 19'
    Matri is called offside after beating both Goodson and Bocanegra.
  • 18'
    Italy has 55 percent of possession compared to the U.S. at 45.
  • 15'
    The game continues to be fought in the midfield but so far the US hasn't been as overwhelmed as it usually is against European opponents.
  • 12'
    The composure of the U.S. has increased dramatically as the game has gone on. Confidence is rising.
  • 10'
    Shea gets the U.S. first shot and the left winger's attempt sails wide right.
  • 9'
    Another close chance from Italy due to miscommunication in the back. Bocanegra and Goodson have to get on the same page.
  • 8'
    Poor corner from Bradley. Has a similar role with Chievo but this is an area where the US misses Landon Donovan.
  • 8'
    The U.S. has a good little spell of possession right here. Now they are in Italy's box lets see what they can do. Corner kick time..
  • 5'
    Wonderful save by Howard!!! Maggio found Motta shoots right in front of goal but is blocked by the legs of the Everton keeper.
  • 4'
    Italy has been very assertive to start. It gets into the U.S. penalty area but their attack is snuffed out from Bradley.
  • 2'
    The U.S. has a moment of possession with Shea but the ball is quickly retrieved by Italy.
  • 1'
    The US saves itself from a huge error in the back. Howard scrambles to kick away loose ball and defenders block off Matri.
  • Italy kicks off the first half!!!
  • Both teams are out on the field. The US is wearing its new jerseys. Not a bad look...
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  • Juventus has the most representatives on the Italy side with seven (Matri, Buffon, Chiellini, Barzagli, Pirlo, Bonucci, Marchisio).
  • Italy has never lost to the USA, holding an all-time 7-0-3 record.
  • Timmy Chandler (left hamstring strain), Landon Donovan (bronchitis), and Jose Torres (right hamstring strain) were all named to the U.S. squad and forced to withdraw. Klinsmann added midfielder Sacha Kljestan and forward Brek Shea to the side in their place.
  • Borussia Dortmund striker Terrence Boyd is the only player on the USA roster who will seek to earn his first cap. Fabio Borini is the only uncapped Italian.
  • Italy lineup: Buffon; Maggio, Barzagli, Ogbonna, Criscito; Nocerino, Pirlo, Marchisio; Motta; Giovinco, Matri.
  • US subs: 12-Rimando, 13-Spector, 14-Parkhurst, 15-Cameron, 16-Kljestan, 17-Buddle, 18-Boyd
  • Here is the US lineup: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra (c), Johnson; Bradley, Edu; Williams, Dempsey, Shea; Altidore
  • readers, welcome to our LIVE commentary of today's match between the USA and Italy. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter) and I will be giving you my live insights throughout the match. Can Jurgen Klinsmann's men pull an upset off in Genoa?