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  • Date:08 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Windsor Park
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90:25 +0.25

Niall McGinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Domenico Criscito. Direct free kick taken by Domenico Criscito.

89:23

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Giorgio Chiellini.

89:01

Steven Davis takes a shot. Save by Emiliano Viviano.

88:38

The referee penalises Kyle Lafferty for handball. Mattia Cassani restarts play with the free kick.

87:14

Giampaolo Pazzini concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Hughes. Stephen Craigan takes the direct free kick.

85:57

Shot by Giuseppe Rossi from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

85:32

A cross is delivered by Antonio Cassano, Giuseppe Rossi produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

83:37

Mattia Cassani challenges Kyle Lafferty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Giuseppe Rossi on for Simone Pepe. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.

80:14

Short corner taken by Steven Davis.

79:38

(Northern Ireland) makes a substitution, with Corry Evans coming on for Grant McCann.

78:22

Claudio Marchisio is brought on as a substitute for Stefano Mauri.

77:59

Stefano Mauri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley. Maik Taylor takes the direct free kick.

76:34

Andrea Pirlo takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Giorgio Chiellini produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

73:54

Andrea Pirlo takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Stephen Craigan.

73:43

Marco Borriello goes off and Giampaolo Pazzini comes on.

73:19

Antonio Cassano takes a shot. Save by Maik Taylor.

71:46

Header by Warren Feeney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

70:54

Niall McGinn comes on in place of Chris Brunt.

70:30

Effort from close range by Simone Pepe goes wide left of the target.

69:59

Chris Brunt challenges Stefano Mauri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrea Pirlo.

68:52

Effort on goal by Andrea Pirlo from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

67:32

Corner taken by Grant McCann from the left by-line, save by Emiliano Viviano.

65:21

(Northern Ireland) makes a substitution, with Kyle Lafferty coming on for David Healy.

64:29

Inswinging corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line played to the near post, Mattia Cassani manages to make a clearance.

62:57

Antonio Cassano takes a shot. Stephen Craigan gets a block in.

61:38

Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the left by-line, Giorgio Chiellini makes a clearance.

61:04

Marco Borriello takes a shot. Save by Maik Taylor.

55:16

Handball by Jonathan Evans. Direct free kick taken by Mattia Cassani.

54:13

Corner taken by Grant McCann.

52:39

Foul by Daniele De Rossi on David Healy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gareth McAuley.

49:26

Shot from inside the area by Stefano Mauri clears the bar.

47:40

Chris Brunt challenges Andrea Pirlo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Brunt receives a yellow card. Andrea Pirlo has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Maik Taylor.

45:17

Marco Borriello has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

42:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Daniele De Rossi. Daniele De Rossi restarts play with the free kick.

41:21

The ball is crossed by Domenico Criscito, Maik Taylor makes a save.

39:18

Grant McCann takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Leonardo Bonucci makes a clearance.

37:57

Unfair challenge on David Healy by Stefano Mauri results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Grant McCann.

37:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marco Borriello. Maik Taylor takes the direct free kick.

36:34

Foul by Warren Feeney on Andrea Pirlo, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Leonardo Bonucci.

35:41

Stefano Mauri takes a shot. Save by Maik Taylor.

31:11

Antonio Cassano has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

30:50

Marco Borriello takes a shot. Save by Maik Taylor.

30:10

A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, Close range headed effort by David Healy goes wide of the left-hand post.

29:21

Simone Pepe challenges Chris Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Maik Taylor takes the free kick.

27:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marco Borriello. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.

27:07

Foul by Antonio Cassano on Jonathan Evans, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.

26:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marco Borriello on Chris Baird. Maik Taylor takes the direct free kick.

25:54

Shot from just outside the box by David Healy misses to the left of the target.

24:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Healy on Giorgio Chiellini. Emiliano Viviano restarts play with the free kick.

24:30

Simone Pepe is caught offside. Jonathan Evans takes the direct free kick.

24:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Simone Pepe. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.

22:45

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrea Pirlo, Marco Borriello produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

22:26

Corner taken right-footed by Andrea Pirlo from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Stephen Craigan.

19:12

Shot by Simone Pepe from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

17:24

Antonio Cassano is adjudged to have handled the ball. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.

15:03

Chris Brunt takes a shot. Leonardo Bonucci gets a block in.

13:58

Warren Feeney fouled by Andrea Pirlo, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.

7:25

Emiliano Viviano fouled by Warren Feeney, the ref awards a free kick. Emiliano Viviano restarts play with the free kick.

6:48

Inswinging corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line, Emiliano Viviano makes a save.

4:38

Stefano Mauri delivers the ball, clearance by Stephen Craigan.

4:21

The ball is sent over by Mattia Cassani, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.

1:33

Andrea Pirlo takes the inswinging corner, Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance.

The match gets underway.

The whistle is blown to end the first half.

The referee starts the second half.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Lafferty working at improving temperament Kyle Lafferty insists he is a changed man - thanks to the Rangers coaching staff. The Northern Ireland striker, who is set to face Italy in a Euro 2012 qualifier, has never been far from controversy during his time at Ibrox. However Lafferty, who scored in stoppage-time in the victory against Hearts at the weekend, believes he is improving as a person and a player. He said: "I do not get tired or fed up with people talking about my temperament. I can't complain about that. I know myself I'm not the calmest person on a football pitch. "It's an aspect of my game I am working on and I am seeing a difference. Hopefully that can continue on the pitch, both at club and international level. "I've been working with the coaching staff at Rangers and they've been telling me to try different things to improve my temperament. "They've been giving me tips and advice. I'm following that advice and it is working. If I continue doing that, hopefully it's a part of my game that will continue to improve." Former Burnley front man Lafferty got a huge shot of confidence when Rangers refused to allow him to move to newly-promoted Blackpool in the summer. "They wanted me to stay and fight for my place and that was a massive boost," he said. "I took that on board and I have been working hard in training. I have been benefiting from that. "I have three years left at Rangers. I'm scoring goals and I'm happy where I am." Lafferty wants Northern Ireland to build on the terrific victory against Slovenia in Maribor when the former world champions visit Belfast but knows how tough it will be. He added: "A lot has been written and said about Italy, but they are a top side and the World Cup is the past now for them. "We have raised ourselves for qualifiers - our recent record in competitive games is good. "We have been unlucky not to qualify the past two campaigns and there is a big incentive to go one step further." Northern Ireland follow the Italy game by travelling to the Faroe Islands for another qualifier on Tuesday. Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has confirmed Roma striker Marco Borriello will lead the Azzurri attack in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Northern Ireland in Belfast. The 28-year-old, who has scored twice for Roma in Serie A this season, has been chosen ahead of Sampdoria's Giampaolo Pazzini and Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi. Borriello will partner Antonio Cassano and Simone Pepe in Italy's 4-3-3 formation. "He (Borriello) is the right striker for the game," said Prandelli. "He also gives us depth in manoeuvres." Lazio midfielder Stefano Mauri will return to the starting XI for the first time in three years and will play alongside Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi in Italy's midfield. Mauri, described by Prandelli as the most in-form midfielder in Serie A this season, last played for the Azzurri in 2007. Bologna's Emiliano Viviano has won his battle with Palermo's Salvatore Sirigu to start in goal.

Formation:442Manager: Nigel Worthington

Northern Ireland

Formation: 433Manager: Marcelo Lippi

Italy

  • Maik Taylor
  • Gareth McAuley
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Stephen Craigan
  • Jonathan Evans
  • Chris Brunt
  • Chris Baird
  • Steven Davis
  • Grant McCann
  • Warren Feeney
  • David Healy
  • SUBS
  • Jonny Tuffey
  • Gary Clinghan
  • Corry Evans
  • Kyle Lafferty
  • Niall McGinn
  • Rory Patterson
  • John Gorman

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Match Report

Irish hold Italy Former world champions Italy are the latest team to realise you cannot take Northern Ireland lightly following a goalless draw at Windsor Park. Following a 1-0 victory against Slovenia last month, Nigel Worthington's side picked up a precious point in this Euro 2012 qualifier. Northern Ireland boss Worthington could not hide his delight at the final whistle in front of a capacity crowd. It could have been even better had David Healy not squandered a great chance in the first half. However, there was much to be cheerful about - not least the performances from goalkeeper Maik Taylor and defenders Aaron Hughes and Stephen Craigan. They built a solid wall and Italy were left frustrated following victories against Estonia and the Faroe Islands With a feverish crowd behind them Northern Ireland won a corner in the eighth minute and that got a roar of approval. Grant McCann swung the ball in and goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano punched it clear under pressure. It broke to Chris Brunt, who mis-kicked but the game came to a halt following a foul on the goalkeeper. Italy launched a swift counter-attack in the 13th minute and Domenico Criscito broke clear only to drag his shot across the face of the area and wide of the post. Back came Northern Ireland and Brunt tried his luck from distance following a short free-kick by Steven Davis but his effort was blocked. It was an even game at this stage and Simone Pepe got into a good position. However he miscued his shot in front of goal and failed to test veteran goalkeeper Maik Taylor. Northern Ireland squandered a great chance of taking the lead in the 31st minute following a deep cross from the right by Brunt to the far post. Healy was the first to react but sent his header the wrong side of the post when it seemed he must score. Italy suddenly broke down the middle. Borriello was left with a one-on-one with Taylor only for the goalkeeper to stand tall and block his close-range drive. The rebound fell at the feet of Antonio Cassano but he curled a shot wide of the post. Northern Ireland then had a penalty appeal waved away by French referee Tony Chapron after Daniele De Rossi appeared to handle the ball in the area. There was more entertainment from the crowd than on the pitch with both sides creating few chances. However Borriello found himself in space in the 62nd minute but he failed to trouble Taylor as his finish was weak. Worthington then made his first change in the 66th minute when Healy was replaced by Kyle Lafferty. The Rangers striker came into the game in a good run of form after scoring in the victory against Hearts at the weekend and a hat-trick in the defeat of Dunfermline. Lafferty quickly won a corner and McCann flighted the ball in only to see it safely taken by the goalkeeper. Northern Ireland were playing with a degree of confidence and Feeney saw a header narrowly clear the bar in the 72nd minute. Two minutes later it was Italy's turn to go close when Antonio Cassano's effort was superbly tipped over by Taylor. Substitute Giampaolo Pazzini could have sealed it for Italy in the 86th minute but wasted the chance and headed wide of the post. Then in a rousing finish Davis saw his shot parried by the goalkeeper after a one-two with substitute Niall McGinn.

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