Saturday, 24 March 2007

Group B rivals put pressure on Azzurri

Italy must beat Scotland on Wednesday after the Azzurri slipped to fourth place in Euro 2008 qualifying Group B following victories for their three main rivals on Saturday.

The Scots made their debut under new coach Alex McLeish and needed a last-minute winner to see off Georgia 2-1 at Hampden Park. France also left it relatively late to maintain the pace set by Scotland, earning a 1-0 victory away to Lithuania.

The pair continue to lead the qualifying group on 12 points after five matches, but Italy have now been overtaken in third place by the Ukraine who have nine points from four games, leaving the Azzurri behind on seven in the same period.

Ukraine comfortably beat the Faroe Islands 2-0.

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