Wednesday February 29, 2012 Friendlies Finished Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Italy 0 - 1 USA

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  1. Dempsey strike defeats Italy

    Dempsey strike defeats Italy

    Clint Dempsey's 55th-minute goal at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa helped the USA to a deserved 1-0 friendly win over Italy. More

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    Time:90'
    • Italy
    • USA
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    • 90'+4 FULL TIME... That's it, and USA have gotten one over on Italy on their own patch... ITALY 0-1 USA!
    • 90'+3 Montolivo goes for goal from distance again. His shot is deflected and loops up into Howard's arms...
    • 90'+2 Nice play from Italy, and it comes to Montolivo on the edge of the area... He drills his shot just wide of the right post...
    • 90' Four minutes of added time to play...
    • 89' It's still not coming off for Italy... De Rossi tries a neat flick inside but no play... Into the 90th minute we head...
    • 87' Ogbonna brings Williams down as the USA man carries the ball clear...
    • 86' Super ball from Pirlo to Abate, whose low cross is cut out at the near post...
    • 85' Pirlo has a shot blocked as Italy start to throw everything at USA...
    • 84' Plenty of probing from Italy... De Rossi spread play wide... Abate overhits a cross from the right... De Rossi again, but his delicate dink is misplaced...
    • 82' Italy pushing hard for an equaliser now...
    • 81' Borini again! This time Kljestan blocks a shot from the Italian! He's been impressive since he's come on...
    • 79' Borini then has a shot blocked as Italy try to make their corner count!
    • 78' Abate cuts in off the right and fires a low cross into the near post, but Bocanegra dives in and diverts it over his own bar!! So close...
    • 77' Johnson makes way for Spector as USA make another sub...
    • 76' Ogbonna lets loose with a wild shot from distance, as Howard watches his effort sail well over the bar...
    • 75' De Rossi tries to cause Howard a panic with a whipped ball in, but it doesn't really touble the USA 'keeper...
    • 73' Italy pressuring USA's defence from a corner now... Two in quick succession but they don't break the back line...
    • 72' USA making a change now as Shea makes way for Kljestan...
    • 71' Double change for Italy... Abate and De Rossi come on in place of Marchisio and Maggio...
    • 69' Italy getting on top in these last couple of minutes... Knocking the ball around in midfield...
    • 68' Bocanegra booked for what can only be described as a rugby tackle on Pazzini in midfield... Comically bad challenge, he just pulled him to the ground...
    • 66' Yellow card for Chiellini as he gives away a free-kick on the right side. Bradley crosses but it's cleared by Italy's defence, and USA will build from the back...
    • 65' This game is nice and even, and I wouldn't bet against either side scoring next... USA are getting more and more confident going forward...
    • 63' Substitutes Pazzini and Borini combine well as the former sets the latter up for a shot with which the debutant forces Howard into a save. Nice work, impressive stuff too...
    • 61' A sense of urgency from Italy now. No real penetration yet, but more of a push for sure. USA not resting on their laurels either though...
    • 59' Double change for Italy... Prandelli sends on Pazzini and Borini in place of Motta and Matri... Borini makes his debut for Italy...
    • 57' USA with the wind in their sails now... Johnson puts in a cross from the left which Ogbonna slices high into the air...
    • 56' Cross in off the left wing finds Altidore with his back to goal and surrounded... He lays it off for Dempsey who beats Buffon with his shot. 1-0 USA... Way to hustle!
    • 55' GOAL FOR USA! Dempsey fires in a low shot which beats Buffon low to his right!!
    • 53' Italy gently pressing USA at the moment, no real incisive movement for the time being. I'm trying to tempt fate. I want to see a goal, soon...
    • 50' Giovinco draws a good near-post save from Howard, but he's again flagged offside. That one looked extremely close... More chance of that being offside, but still inconclusive...
    • 48' Italy try and test out USA early on with an attack... Pirlo finds Giovinco with a great dinked ball over the top of the USA defence. Offside. Wrong call, again...
    • 47' A couple of changes at the break for Italy... Chiellini and Montolivo on in place of Criscito and Nocerino...
    • 46' KICK-OFF! We're back on in Genoa...
    • 45' HALF TIME... Goalless at the break...
    • 44' Thiago Motta tests Howard again, this time with a rasping half-volley from the edge of the penalty area which skids along the surface. The USA 'keeper is equal to it though...
    • 43' Edging towards half time and Italy come forward once more...
    • 42' Italy trying to build from the back...
    • 41' Pirlo ends it with a floated cross that Howard has all the time in the world to claim. Not been on it so far tonight, Pirlo...
    • 41' He floats it in and Buffon punches clear... Italy break...
    • 40' Dempsey is dumped on the turf by a rather impatient Pirlo and USA have another free-kick, perhaps a touch further out than the previous one a couple of minutes earlier. Bradley's lining this one up...
    • 39' Giovinco with a nice bit of footwork but he can't find a way through the USA defence...
    • 38' Dempsey lets rip with a piledriver and Buffon has to punch it clear. That must have moved a bit in the air, it was travelling like a missile...
    • 37' Italy being sneaky with the distance of the wall and the referee has to take a minute to sort it out...
    • 36' Altidore's brought down about 25 yards out from Buffon's goal, and this looks like a decent position for an attempt at goal... Dempsey appears to be lining it up...
    • 35' Long-range effort from Criscito is low and hard but Howard sees it all the way and gets down comfortably to save...
    • 33' Altidore's back on the pitch and he initiates an attack for USA, but it breaks down when Johnson's ball down the left flank for Shea is too heavy...
    • 31' Giovinco's been lively tonight and he wins a corner out of Goodson... Again it comes to nothing though as Italy take it short and Pirlo then overhits his cross...
    • 30' Bocanegra with a no-nonsense clearance to put the ball into Row Z and a corner for Italy. It comes to nothing though...
    • 29' Altidore receives a bit of treatment on the sidelines after tangling in a challenge a few moments earlier...
    • 27' Shea very nearly gets in on goal for USA... Edu plays a super through ball which cuts the Italian defence, Shea's first touch helps the ball on but Buffon just manages to get there first...
    • 26' Matri slams the ball past Howard and into the back of the net, but he's flagged offside. Replay suggests it was the wrong call...
    • 24' Italian defence's turn to sweat out some pressure now as USA put it on with a series of crosses. In the end it's dealt with well, and Italy start to build in midfield again...
    • 22' Giovinco caught offside as Pirlo tries to dink a neat ball over the top. Can't help feeling the Juventus man should've had a pop at goal himself there...
    • 21' Edu gets hold of the ball 25 yards out and shapes to shoot, but he drags a poor effort well wide...
    • 20' Matri caught offside, and he'll probably be grateful inside as his first touch let him down there. Lovely through ball from Giovinco. Howard saved anyway once Matri managed to get a shot off...
    • 19' Venomous effort from Giovinco stings Howard's palms! Ogbonna lofts a great ball over the top to the forward, who takes it on well down the inside left channel and fires off a fierce shot on the angle. It's a good height for Howard, who stops it well...
    • 17' Maggio's control lets him down on the right as he streams down the flank in support of Giovinco, receiving a pass from the Parma man but not getting hold of it...
    • 16' Pirlo tries to find Matri with another long ball but this one's got too much on it and Howard's able to deal with it comfortably...
    • 14' Ogbonna gets dumped on the ground with a rather unconventional challenge. Play rolls on, USA knock it around in midfield, looking for an opening for Altidore...
    • 12' A lull in play after a fairly lively opening 10 minutes...
    • 10' USA break forward and Brek Shea, sporting one of those dodgy hair styles I mentioned earlier, drags his shot wide from the edge of Buffon's area, failing to trouble the 'keeper...
    • 9' Giovinco beats Howard to a long ball but just can't get it under control as he stumbles and takes the ball out for a goal-kick to the USA. Not been a bad first 10 minutes...
    • 8' USA come right back at Italy and Cherundolo's dangerous looking dinked cross inside the area is cut out by Ogbonna with an athletic headed clearance...
    • 6' Marchisio provides us with the first comedy moment of the game, tripping over the ball in midfield. Genuinely chuckled out loud at that one...
    • 5' Chance for Italy! Thiago Motta draws a great save with his feet from Howard after some good work down the right from Maggio presents him with a chance to get a shot in. He does, low and hard, but Howard is equal to it...
    • 4' Nice bit of movement and some neat passing from Italy almost creates a chance on goal. Started by Nocerino...
    • 2' Woooh... Matri almost in early on as a long ball forward causes a touch of confusion between Howard and his defence.
    • 1' KICK-OFF! We're underway in Genoa as a white-clad Italy get the game started.
    • 19:44 Superb rendition of 'Il Canto degli Italiani'. We are literally one minute away from kick-off...
    • 19:40 The teams are heading out onto the pitch at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Couple of suspect haircuts being sported by some members of the USA team. Anthems being belted out...
    • 19:37 And for the USA: Howard, Cherundolo, Johnson, Goodson, Bocanegra, Bradley, Williams, Edu, Altidore, Dempsey, Shea... Subs: Rimando, Spector, Parkhurst, Cameron, Kljestan, Buddle, Boyd...
    • 19:35 Teams are in... ITALY: Buffon, Maggio, Barzagli, Ogbonna Obienza, Criscito, Nocerino, Pirlo, Marchisio, Thiago Motta, Giovinco, Matri... Subs: De Sanctis, Chiellini, De Rossi, Balzaretti, Pazzini, Abate, Astori, Sirigu, Viviano, Montolivo, Bonucci, Borini...
    • 19:30 USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann will be without forward Landon Donovan and midfielder Jermaine Jones for this one...
    • 19:25 Hate to get this commentary underway on a neagtive note but we'll be deprived of the presence of Mario Balotelli in this fixture as he's been omitted from Cesare Prandelli's due to 'concerns over his temperament'. Roma forward Fabio Borini has been handed a first call-up...
    • 19:20 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Italy's friendly encounter with the USA, which kicks off in Genoa at 19:45 UK time...
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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Italy

    Manager: Cesare Prandelli

  • USA

    Manager: Jürgen Klinsmann

  • Line-up

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.2 -
      Defenders
      Substitution Out71′ 5.6 -
      5.9 -
      6.3 -
      Substitution Out45′ 5.3 -
      Midfielders
      6.7 -
      Substitution Out45′ 5.8 -
      Substitution Out71′ 5.9 -
      Substitution Out59′ 5.3 -
      Strikers
      Substitution Out60′ 6.5 -
      6.7 -
      Subs
      Substitution In71′ 5.6 -
      Substitution In45′ Yellow Card 4.5 -
      Substitution In45′ 4.6 -
      Substitution In71′ 4.8 -
      Substitution In59′ 5.3 -
      Substitution In60′ 6.4 -
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.2 -
      Defenders
      6.2 -
      6.2 -
      Yellow Card 6.5 -
      Substitution Out76′ 6.4 -
      Midfielders
      6.4 -
      6.5 -
      6 -
      Substitution Out73′ 6.5 -
      Strikers
      Substitution Out79′ 6.6 -
      Goal Substitution Out90′ 7.9 -
      Subs
      Substitution In76′ 7 -
      Substitution In73′ 6.5 -
      Substitution In90′ 5.9 -
      Substitution In79′ 6.3 -

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