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Italy beats Slovenia 1-0 to qualify for Euro 2012

Italy beats Slovenia 1-0 to qualify for Euro 2012

Substitute Giampaolo Pazzini scored in the 85th minute to give Italy a 1-0 win over Slovenia and qualification for Euro 2012 with two matches to spare on Tuesday.
Italy had created numerous chances but was unable to find the target until Pazzini took a pass from Claudio Marchisio and beat goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic with an angled shot from six meters (yards).
The qualification comes little more than a year after Italy's embarrassing first-round elimination from the World Cup, with new coach Cesare Prandelli having infused fresh energy into the squad after replacing Marcello Lippi.
Italy holds an insurmountable eight point lead over Serbia in Group C.
The Azzurri have 22 points, Serbia 14, Estonia 13, Slovenia 11, Northern Ireland nine and the Faeroe Islands four.


Updated : 2021-06-15 20:31 GMT+08:00