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ITALY - RUSSIA - 2:0 (0:0)
February 9 2005.
Friendly Match.
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).


Marcello Lippi

The Italian national team coach’s 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, it’s not a definite choice."



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 Parma’s Gilardino and the latter spectacularly put the home team ahead in the 55th minute after an excellent combination with Esposito.

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 Russian’s 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 at night. February 9 2005

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