Saturday, 24 March 2007

Azzurrini: England 3 - 3 Italy

A hat-trick from Giampaolo Pazzini inaugurated the new Wembley stadium as the Italian Under-21 side held their English counterparts to an entertaining 3-3 draw.

A crowd of nearly 56,000 saw Pazzini score after just 29 seconds with a stunning strike to record the first official goal at the new ground. A
David Bentley free-kick and a Wayne Routlegde goal put England in front but Pazznini levelled from five yards. Matt Derbyshire scored from close range but Pazzini's third earned a draw for the Azzurrini.

Pazzini leaves Wembley with the double
honour of the first goal and the first hat-trick at the rebuilt stadium. He also wrote his name in the history books with the fastest ever goal at the stadium.

It was a superb performance from the Fiorentina youngster, who wasted a late chance to make it four.

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