Friday, 23 May 2008

[Olympics 2008] Toulon: Azzurrini reach SF's

Italy Under-21’s picked up their second consecutive victory at the Toulon tournament in France, beating Turkey 2-1 in a thrilling encounter to qualify for the semi-finals.

Coach Pierluigi Casiraghi made eight changes to the side that overwhelmed the Ivory Coast, keeping faith with Lorenzo De Silvestri, Paolo Dellafiore and Graziano Pelle.

The Azzurrini went ahead thanks to Juventus youngster Davide Lanzafame, who beat the offside trap and slotted home after 23 minutes.

The first half was a dull affair, played at a slow pace with few chances, but the game sparked into life after the interval.

The Turks, coached by former Rossoneri player Umit Davala, began to press and put some neat triangles together on the edge of the box.

Their work paid off as Yilmaz stole the ball from Claudio Marchisio to supply Parlak, who made no mistake and equalised.

Then, all hell broke loose. Antonio Candreva reacted badly to a tackle by Gunkor and was sent off on the 68th minute.

The Turk was given a second yellow card and Candreva officially red-carded for a slap.

Caner Erkin was also given his marching orders, which Italy took a while to take advantage of.

The Azzurrini left it late, securing the victory in injury time through Marchisio. The 22-year-old Juventino struck from 30 yards to take the Azzurrini into the semi-finals.

Italy: Alfonso, De Silvestri, Marzoratti, Bocchetti, Dellafiore, Dessena (Nocerino 67), Marchisio, Guarente (Candreva 61), Abate (Giovinco 75), Pelle, Lanzafame.

Pierluigi Casiraghi (Italy coach)
"I found the answers I was looking for after the first game. On top of the winning result, we played a very good match."

Group A
22-05-08: France 1-2 Japan
22-05-08: Netherlands 0-2 Chile
Group B
23-05-08: Ivory Coast 1-0 USA
23-05-08: Italy 2-1 Turkey


Source: C4 Football Italia

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