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italy 1-1 ivory coast

toronto_soccer2010-05-04 06:40:02 +0000 #1
does anyone have any info on this game?
snakies2010-05-04 06:43:45 +0000 #2
Italy 1 - 1 Ivory Coast

Drogba 69 (Iv), Diana 87 (It)

Geneva, Switzerland

Aimo Diana's goal ensured the Azzurri remain unbeaten in 2005 after Didier Drogba's opener for the Ivory Coast, but there was controversy in stoppages.

This was the first ever meeting between these two nations, though the Ivory Coast has just qualified for the World Cup and can boast Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Arsenal's Kolo Toure. Marcello Lippi made six changes from the line-up that beat Holland 3-1 on Saturday, but stuck with the 4-3-3 system and Alessandro Del Piero for his 71st cap.

It was Christian Abbiati who had to make the first spectacular save after just three minutes. Drogba sprinted off on the counter-attack and rolled across for Arouna Dindane, whose shot stung Abbiati's palms at the near post.

The Azzurri created a good opportunity with Alberto Gilardino turning his marker, but ***a dived in to close down Del Piero's finish. Soon after, Daniele De Rossi cut back for Simone Barone and another interception proved decisive.

Del Piero nearly scored from an Andrea Pirlo set-piece, his volley striking the back of an African defender when the goalkeeper appeared to be stranded.

However, the Ivory Coast remained very dangerous when they did push forward and a glancing header from Lecce's Andre Kpolo Zoro dribbled wide of the target.

Gilardino did brilliantly to flick the ball up between two defenders with his left foot and spin round for the right-foot volley, but his finish was over the bar. Del Piero then burst forward through the centre and saw his shot deflected wide.

There was a moment of panic when Abbiati dropped a fierce Drogba free kick that dipped mercilessly, but the Juventus goalkeeper was able to control it at the second attempt.

Del Piero combined well with Vincenzo Iaquinta only for the Udinese striker to horribly scuff his shot inside the area.

Abbiati was kept on his toes and again had his palms stung by a fierce snapshot from Yapi Yapo, as the Ivory Coast began to take control of the game towards the end of the first half.

Lippi made five substitutions at half-time, switching to a 4-4-2 system, with Luca Toni, Mauro Camoranesi, Aimo Diana, Massimo Oddo and Gennaro Gattuso coming on. Oddo required a perfectly timed intervention to stop Kone getting on the end of a smart through ball.

Moments later, Iaquinta sprung the offside trap on Toni's pass, but hesitated and his cross-shot was intercepted. At the other end, Koune's low effort was gathered by Abbiati.

Olympiakos defender Toure was booked for a very late challenge on Diana before Gianluca Zambrotta replaced Fabio Grosso.

The deadlock was eventually broken on 69 minutes and it was thanks to a fantastic strike from Didier Drogba. ***a's long pass over the defence found Chelsea's record signing, who controlled with his right foot and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from seven yards.

Livorno goalkeeper Marco Amelia received his senior international debut for the final 20 minutes of this friendly match. Lippi was short on goalkeepers, as Gianluigi Buffon, Angelo Peruzzi, Morgan De Sanctis and Flavio Roma are all injured.

There was a worrying moment when Gattuso clattered into ***a and the African suffered a deep cut to his eyebrow, forcing him to go off. The Milan midfielder was also injured in the incident, but not seriously.

Italy protected their unbeaten record in 2005 with a last-gasp equaliser. Luca Toni had his first effort on Zambrotta's cross charged down, but substitute Diana pounced to rifle in from four yards.

Camoranesi could've made it 2-1 in the final minute, but his weak shot wiped out Toni's good work. In stoppages, Camoranesi cut in for Gattuso, whose chip drifted just wide of the far post.

There was controversy in stoppages, as Italy poured forward on the counter-attack and Diana's volley was caught by the goalkeeper on the line. The Sampdoria man believed it had already crossed over, but replays remain inconclusive.

<Post-Match Comments>

Italy: Abbiati (Amelia 72); Zaccardo (Oddo 46), Barzagli, Materazzi, Grosso (Zambrotta 63); Barone, Pirlo (Diana 46), De Rossi (Gattuso 46); Gilardino (Toni 46), Iaquinta, Del Piero (Camoranesi 46)

Ivory Coast: Boubacar; Zoro, K Tourè, Meitè, ***a (Tienè 78); Y Tourè (Djire 72), Zokora, Yapi Yapo (Kalou 46), A Konè (N'Dri 72); Dindane (B Konè 46), Drogba (Traorè 81)

Ref: Bertolini (Swi)
snakies2010-05-04 07:19:56 +0000 #3
Marcello Lippi and his players again came from behind to earn a result, although Aimo Diana was furious his potential winner was chalked off.

“I think that, apart from the fact that one always wants to win, we had to use all the players and include them in this project,” said the Coach following the 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast.

Lippi made six changes from the line-up that beat Holland 3-1 in another friendly on Saturday and introduced more new faces during the game in Geneva.

“I tried to create two balanced sides that had some meaning and the result wasn’t really important,” insisted the former Juventus boss.

“We’ve discovered an Ivory Coast side that plays very well and has some players of great quality, not just Didier Drogba. It was a good night’s work that helped all of us in the Azzurri camp.”

The Azzurri end 2005 without losing a single match, but he insists that is no guarantee of success in the World Cup next summer.

“You can go unbeaten for two years, but all that counts is to win in that single month in 2006,” smiled Lippi.

This match ended in a draw, but it could well have been another Italy victory, as Aimo Diana saw his volley saved in controversial circumstances. Replays remain inconclusive, but the ball could well have crossed the line.

“I honestly think the ball had crossed over, and even our opponents admitted as much, but the important thing was that we didn’t lose,” said the Sampdoria midfielder.

It was nonetheless an important night for Diana, who scored his first ever international goal and cancelled out Drogba’s opener. “It was key to follow the Holland victory with a positive result and we achieved that.”

Marco Materazzi played in central defence and looked to the fact that the Azzurri have twice fought back to earn a positive result after going behind against both Holland and the Ivory Coast.

“There’s a long way to go yet and we need to prepare for the World Cup over the next six months. The fact that we keep fighting back proves that we have character, although we created plenty of scoring opportunities and were unlucky to go behind,” said the Inter defender.

“It’s always a pleasure to mark people like Drogba, as that means you’re playing at the highest level and facing some of the world’s best strikers.”

Italy and the Ivory Coast have already qualified for the World Cup and tonight they've been joined by Pavel Nedved's Czech Republic, Spain, Lazio midfielder Valon Behrami's Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago.

This is the full list of teams going to Germany in 2006: Germany, Argentina, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Angola, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Holland, Poland, England, Croatia, Italy, Tunisia, Portugal, Ecuador, Paraguay, Costa Rica, France, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland
chuncho_azul2010-05-04 07:55:52 +0000 #4

weak effort by italy no?
snakies2010-05-04 08:15:35 +0000 #5
they werent even trying. no worries, WC is what counts
wolverine2010-05-04 07:42:44 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by snakies

they werent even trying. no worries, WC is what counts



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