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Azzurrini 1 - 0 Slovenia

snakies2010-05-04 11:09:38 +0000 #1
An early goal from Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini proved enough to give Italy victory over Slovenia in the Under-21 European Championship qualifiers.

The Azzurrini were already qualified for the play-offs when they welcomed Slovenia to Vicenza’s Stadio Romeo Menti on Friday evening.

Viola hitman Pazzini opened the scoring after just 17 minutes, as he was at full stretch to turn in a precise Alessandro Rosina cross from the right.

The visitors thought they had equalised half-way through the first period with a Stevanovic set-piece, but it was disallowed because the referee had awarded an indirect free kick.

Pazzini and Livorno forward Raffaele Palladino had other chances to double Italy’s lead, although Slovenia saw a second goal disallowed – this time for offside – in the final stages.

Italy further extend their lead at the top of Group Five to a staggering nine points over Belarus and will play their final qualifier against Moldova on Tuesday evening.

Italy 1-0 Slovenia

Scorer: Pazzini 17 (I)

Italy U-21: Curci; Potenza, Bovo (Coda 66), Canini, Chiellini; Rosina (Defendi 46), Sammarco, Montolivo, Galloppa (Motta 46); Pazzini, Palladino

Slovenia U-21: Simcic; Brecko, Suler, Morec, Hadzic; Zinko (Ljubijankic 63), Mapic, Jokic (Bozicic 46), Stevanovic, Birsa (Pecnik 90); Burgic

Ref: Havrilla (Slk)



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