ITALY - RUSSIA - 2:0 (0:0)
February 9 2005.
Cagliari. Stadium Sant'Elia. 15700.
Referee Michel Lubos (Slovakia).
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele Bonera, Giuseppe Pancaro (Giorgio
Chiellini, 69), Gennaro Ivan Gattuso, Fabio Cannavaro, Marco Materazzi,
Daniele De Rossi (Simone Barone, 46), Andrea Pirlo (Manuele Blasi, 50),
Christian Vieri (Alberto Gilardino, 46), Francesco Totti (Antonio Langella,
46), Vincenzo Montella (Mauro Esposito, 46).
Team Coach Marcello Lippi.
Ðîññèÿ: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Vadim
Evseev, Dmitri Sennikov, Alexander Anukov, Alexey Bugaev, Yuri Zhirkov,
Marat Izmailov (Denis Boyarintsev, 68), Dmitry Khokhlov, Dmitri Sytchev,
Dmitri Loskov (ê) (Dmitri Alenichev, 46), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Andrey
Karyaka, 46; Denis Kolodin, 78).
Head Coach Georgy Yartsev.
Scorers: Alberto Gilardino (56), Simone Barone (62).
Yellow Card: Andrey Karyaka (54).
LIPPI SATISFIED WITH TRIDENT
The Italian national team coachs experiment of three
strikers upfront produced the desired results.
Marcello Lippi was extremely pleased at the end of the international friendly
match against Russia which the Azzurri won 2-0 thanks to the goals by
Gilardino and Barone.
The former Juve coach was mostly satisfied with his trident as his attackers
managed to create a number of chances and overall play a good game.
"We created a lot in the first half then we reaped the results in
the second: it was a good game. From the trident you always expect goal
scoring chances and so it was. To be repeated? Depends, its not
a definite choice."
COMFORTABLE WIN FOR ITALY
The Azzurri defeated Russia 2-0 at Cagliari on Wednesday night during
an international friendly match. Marcello Lippi will have a lot to be
happy about as his players managed to put up a good performance and show
in front of a warm public as the Italian side attacked from start to finish
and managed to slot in two goals apart from hitting two posts and create
numerous goal scoring chances.
In the first half Lippi tried the Totti-Vieri-Montella trident and the
trio managed to create some good chances, and even hit the post twice
(once with Vieri and another time with Pirlo). However the Azzurri failed
to break the deadlock despite the many shots on goal.
For the second half, the Italian coach sent in fan favourites Langella
and Esposito and Parmas Gilardino and the latter spectacularly put
the home team ahead in the 55th minute after an excellent combination
Five minutes later the Azzurri doubled the score when Barone shot past
Malafeyev from the long distance to give the Italian side a 2-0 lead.
Italy never looked back from then onwards and slowed down the tempo of
the match in the last 25 minutes, as the Russians lack of football
activity in their home league was evident.
All in all Lippi managed to get some good responses ahead of the important
World Cup qualifier encounter against Scotland next month and with the
various options upfront, the Italian fans should be able to sleep well