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  • Italy 3-0 Northern Ireland : Cassano great-double

    Italy closed the qualifying game Group C Euro 2012 with a 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland, on Tuesday (10/11/2011). Striker Antonio Cassano was the star in this match by scoring two goals Italian victory.

    Italy is already assured of qualifying for the next round whatever the outcome of this fight. However, Cesare Prandelli troops certainly do not want to lose face when playing in front of thousands of their loyal supporters.

    So naturally, if they immediately took the initiative to attack since the beginning of the algae. The result, they were able to create excellence in the 21st minute thanks to Antonio Cassano. Volley kick after receiving feedback from Daniele De Rossi could not be driven Northern Ireland goalkeeper, Maik Taylor.

    Irish try it right back in the 28th minute. However, the efforts of Ryan McGivern via header can still be thwarted by goalkeeper Buffon Gianliugi.

    Behind Italy threatened in the 39th minute. Action from Sebastian Giovinco ended with a right-foot shot towards goal. Nautical lucky guest team, Taylor managed to block the arrival of the ball. The first round ended with the score 1-0.

    In the second half, Italy did not relax the attack. The proof, they managed to score his second goal in the 53rd minute, again through the legs Cassano. This time, Cassano scored with his right foot shot after receiving a cross from Alberto Aquilani.

    Italy was increasingly overtaken after Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley to create an own goal in the 75th minute. His efforts to dispel bait Federico Balzaretti actually makes the ball into the net broke his own team.

    Make Italy a 3-0 start to reduce their power press. The result, not many chances they created ahead of the game ended. Score was 3-0 last until the referee blew the whistle ending the game.

    Team Line-up:

    Italy: Gianluigi Buffon (Morgan De Sanctis 76), Federico Balzaretti, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia Cassani, Andrea Barzagli, Andrea Pirlo, Alberto Aquilani (Antonio Nocerino 69), Daniele De Rossi, Riccardo Montolivo, Sebastian Giovinco, Antonio Cassano (Pablo Daniel Osvaldo 56)

    Northern Ireland: Maik Taylor, Chris Baird, Gareth McAuley, Ryan McGivern, Lee Hodson, Steven Davis, Corry Evans, Oliver Norwood (Conor McLayughlin 74), John Gorman (Niall McGinn 78), David Healy (Warren Feeney 65), Andrew Little


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