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  • Republic of Ireland 2 - 2 Italy : Italy to South Africa

    Italian National Team is only able to play 2-2 draw in the face of the Republic of Ireland in World Cup qualifier South Africa 2010, at Croke Park Stadium, Saturday (10/10/2009). Nevertheless, Italy still managed to qualify to make sure the final round. With one match remaining, Italy has collected 21 points or four points ahead of the Republic of Ireland in second place.

    Before the match, Ireland understand that they must be able to conquer Italy to maintain the opportunity to escape immediately. They also played aggressively since the early minutes and are able to excel in advance through Glen Whelan in the eighth minute. Utilizing feedback Liam Lawrence, Whelan managed to pass the ball into the top right corner of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

    However, as the defending champion, Italy showed a high morale. Despite the inconvenience, they managed to equalize through Mauro Camoranesi in the 26th minute. Utilizing the corner soccer Andrea Pirlo, Camoranesi gore ball into the bottom right corner of goalkeeper Shay Given.

    Balanced position makes a lot more action. Italy is indeed only need one point, trying to keep the position. Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland continue to be squeezed.

    Host onslaught eventually led to the second goal scored Sean St. Lager in 87 minutes. Goals stems from Stephen Hunt's cross. Without escort means, Lager managed gore ball into the bottom left corner of goalkeeper Buffon.

    With three minutes remaining, the mission of the Republic of Ireland Italy prop seems to be a success. However, in the injury time, again proving the Italian champion with mental re-equalized through Alberto Gilardino. after mastering the bait Vincenzo Iaquinta, Gilardino struck the ball into the bottom right corner of Given's goal.

    Despite failing to win, the Republic of Ireland the opportunity to perform in South Africa has not closed. Additional one number from Italy have confirmed their runner-up European zone Group 8. They are still more likely to escape through the playoffs.


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