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  • Italy 2-1 Spain: Montolivo, Aquilani great-goals

    The meeting of two world champions in the last two editions between Italy and Spain, ended the Azzurri to victory with a thin score 2-1.

    In a match that held in San Nicola, Wednesday (10/08/2011) , Italy ahead goal by Ricardo Montolivo before Xabi Alonso penalty equated. Winner 2006 world champion produced Alberto Aquilani.

    For those who are the world champions Spain in 2010, this was the first defeat in the last 9 months after last November, 0-4 defeat of Portugal.

    The game

    Eleven minutes of action runs the Italian managed to excel first. Andoni Iraola mistake in cutting a flat crossing Domenico Cristico make Montolivo easily toss the ball past Iker Casillas obstacles.

    Afterwards Italy such as being able to dominate the course of action and Spain are under pressure. They also have to lose Fernando Torres who clash in the head and should be replaced by Fernando Llorente.

    The first chance comes by kicking Spain David Silva, who still hit one of the Italian players and generate Korner.

    Casillas saves struggling again in the 31st minute when Giuseppe Rossi's hard shot hit his foot.

    Spain equalized in the 37th minute after Llorente was dropped in the penalty box and bear a penalty. Alonso, who ran as an executor successfully netted the ball into the nets Gianluigi Buffon.

    Two minutes later Italy again threatened this time Antonio Cassano shot from a distance of 12 yards successfully pushed Casillas and a minute ahead of the break, AC Milan striker's header was just off thinner.

    In the second half both teams balanced game even though Spanish is more predominant create chances.

    In the 62nd minute Llorente hard shot that hit one of the Italian players, successfully pushed hard by Buffon. In the 81st minute shot Juan Mata is still not meeting targets.

    Aquilani! In the 84th minute Liverpool midfielder fired a shot from outside the penalty box and hit the foot of Raul Albiol before beat Victor Valdes.

    Two minutes before the game was finished, David Villa fired a half volley but still wide of the target.

    Final score 2-1 for Italy.

    Team Lineup

    Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Ranocchia (Bonucci 77), Chiellini, Criscito; De Rossi (Aquilani 65), Pirlo, Thiago Motta (Marchisio 46); Montolivo (Nocerino 74), Cassano (Balotelli 59), Rossi (Pazzini 59)

    Spain: Casillas (Valdes 46); Iraola (Thiago Alcantara 46), Pique (Sergio Busquets 45), Albiol, Arbeloa; Javi Martinez, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta (Villa 46); Cazorla (Mata 79), Torres (Llorente 14), Silva


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