RESULT International Friendly Italy 2 - 2 Austria Goals by Pogatetz, Janko, Gilardino and an own goal by Ozcan MATCH IS OVER.

By Anna Italia

             Will Italian Head Coach Marcello Lippi start his new cycle with a victory?

                        Italy  2  - 2  Austria   

                                  44' Alberto Gilardino           14' Pogatetz
                                   67' Ozcan (own goal)        38' Janko

Substitutions:  46' Bonera out, Legrottaglie in     46' Manninger out, Oczan in
                         46' Grosso out, Dossena in          46' Scharner out, Gercaliu in
                         46' Pirlo out, Aquilani in                58' Pogatetz out, Leitgeb in
                         46' Gattuso out, Perrotta in          65' Jankoout, Maierhofer in
                         70' Zambrotta out, Cassetti in      72' Harnik out, Hoffer in
                         74' Del Piero out, Palombo in        86' Ivanschitz out, Linz in

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Good morning guys!!!

Both teams made their entrance to the pitch and officially is the second cycle of Italian Head Coach Marcello Lippi.

Wow, just at the announcement of the Italian National Anthem and the stadium raised their voices supporting the squad. Wow, guys, I am watching the match live in the Italian channel RAI ITALIA and it is so  emotional to hear the fans singing outloud L'Inno di Mameli!!!

This is the starting formation selected by Lippi:

1 Buffon, 19 Zambrotta. 25 Bonera, 6 Barzagli, 3 Grosso, 8 Gattuso, 21 Pirlo, 10 De Rossi, 11 Di Natale, 9 Gilardino, 7 Del Piero

Lippi choosing a tridenti with Antonio Di Natale, Alberto Gilardino, and Alessandro Del Piero. Hum... interesting that Lippi preferred Di Natale instead of Vincenzo Iaquinta having already an understanding with his Juventus teammate Del Piero.

Guys, ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO is the Captain!!! I am so happy...
Go Del Piero, Go Del Piero, GO Del Piero

So proud of our AZZURRI!!!!!!

Wave your Italian flags!!!!  And be proud of the Azzurri. 

There will be now one minute of silence in memory of AS Roma President Franco Sensi.

Now... match ready to start.......  wave your Italian flags!!!

Good to see with Austria Juventus goalkeeper Manninger and also Napoli defender Garics!

Click the video to watch highlights of the friendly match Italy - Austria.

In the 4th minute, first chance for Italy to score with AC Milan defender Gianluca Zambrotta shoots from the distance  forcing Austria goalkeeper Manninger to stretch  to make a save.

In the 8th minute, first chance for Gilardino to score with a headed ball after a pass from Fabio Grosso from the left but way too easy for Austria goalkeeper to block !!!!

Oh nooo, no way ..... what!!!!!!  GOOOAALLLL but not for Italy!!!!  Goal for AUSTRIA!
In the 14th minute, a crazy moment Pogatetz shoots with his left foot and don't even ask me how... but he blasted Saint goalkeeper Gigi Buffon!!!
Italy 0 - 1 Austria

In the 16th minute, wow, another chance for Alberto Gilardino, and no, guys, this is not possible. Gila was one on one in front of Austria goalkeeper Manninger and could not score!  Gila hesitated in the last moment! 

I am not liking the way Italy is playing in the fist half. We are wasting about 3 chances to score already!!!


In the 21st minute, finally, Saint goalkeeper Buffon seeing some action and blocking a shot from the distance from Ivanschitz.

Uffa... no guys, I am telling you I am not liking this first half at all.


     Nice, Italy - Austria Friendly Match, Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - Italy and Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in an action to head the ball.

In the 22nd minute, a chance for Antonio Di Natale  and Del Piero did not manage to finalize

Now, oh no,,, not an injury! Not with a milanisti already in EMERGENCY ROOOM. Guys in the 29th minute, AC Milan midfielder seems in problems.... No, I hope is not serious because it will be a terrible lost for Milan!

In the 38th minute, just when we did not need it... GOOOOAAAALLLL but not for Italy!!!! Goal for Austriaaaaa
Unbelievable, but i don't recognize this Italy.  Austria Janko fools Italy defender Andrea Barzagi and even saint goalkeeper Buffon!!!!!  this is way too much to watch!
Italy 0 - 2 Austria


     Nice, Italy - Austria Friendly Match, Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - Italy Head Coach Marcello Lippi giving instructions to his players now losing  by 2 goals.

wow... now losing control... no... WHAT AM I WATCHING!!!!  Imaging that there was a huge sound of whistlings, boos for Italy playing this bad!  Come on, it was a friendly, but not to be losing like this...

In the 40th minute, Gattuso committing a bad foul on Janko!!!!! this is beyond belief.... calm down Gattuso.

what yes, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS it its GOOOAAALLL this time for Italy...

Go Gila, Go Gila Go GIla!!!!! Cheer leading dance time!  Finally, Gilardino made it after a cross from Antonio Di Natale!!!! There is hope guys!!!
Italy 1 - 2 Austria

     Nice, Italy - Austria Friendly Match, Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - Italy forward Alberto Gilardino
celebrates his goal with the AZZURRI along with Antonio Di Natale.  Photo: ANSA               

Second half to start.....

Italian Head Coach Lippi starts with 3 substitutions in the second half.
46the minute... Aquilani, Legrottaglie and Dossena in, Barzagli, Grosso, and Pirlo out.

46th minute ... Austria starts with 3 substitutions too.
Manninger, Stranzl and Scharne are out
Ozcan, Gercaliu and Ibertsberger in

Oh no... Austria starts already pressing the Azzurri.

In the 52nd minute Alessandro del Piero missed a clear chance to equalize the score! Mamma mia. I can't believe it. MY DEL PIERO missing this chance. Del Piero was all alone in front of the goalkeeper and shoots so bad missing the target.... I am fainting!!!!!  Come on Del Pieroooo

In the 59th minute, another substitution for Austria
Ivanschitz out, Leitgeb in

In the 61st minute, Del Piero tries shooting from the distance but the ball goes way too high.. up, up and away!!!!

In the 64th mintue, another substitution for Austria
Janko out, Maierhofer in

wow.... SAY WHAAATTTTTT   AN OWN GOALLLL wowwwww a terrible mistake by Austria goalkeeper Ozcan.
In the 67th minute, Gianluca Zambrotta sends a cross and the goalkeeper instead of blocking makes a mistake and the ball goes inside the net!   An own goal that equalizes the score for Italy.
Italy 2 - 2 Austria


Italy seems totally disoriented.  Honestly, I was expecting a better Italy with Lippi.

In the 70th minute, Lippi makes another substitution.
Gianluca Zambrotta out, Cassetti in

In the 72nd minute Austria makes a substitution
Harnik out, Standfest in

Come on Italy,,, too many chances. It is like they know the strategy but somewhere they lose the final touch.  Sure, Italy is running but I am not seeing efficiency here. 

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In the  74th minute, wow... Lippi makes another substitution,
Del Piero out, Palombo in

No, come on. In the 78th minute, a clear chance for Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani to score.  Aquilani shoots and force goalkeeper Ozcan who this time did not make a mistake and saves.

I am just getting mad.  I hope this is only a test for Lippi because I don't want to see another Italy like this one.  Come on and we were criticizing Roberto Donadoni....

I am disappointed guys, I don't know about you, but I did not like this Italy.

In the 81st minute, wow... Italy almost score with Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie when he heads the ball but denied by goalkeeper Ozcan... soon after that... Antonio Di Natale was alone in front of the goalkeeper and could not control the ball to blast the net right in close range. 

No, this is not possible. In the 85th minute another clear chacne for Italy with Roma midfielder Simone Perrotta and no,, nothing....  geee... I wonder what will Lippi do in the next match.. because this one is to "forget". 

Match is over guys!!!!  

I wll finish updating and adding the photos and video.


International Friendly Match
Italy - Austria
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Stadium du Ray in Nice

Italy (4-3-3):

ITALIA (4-3-3):

Buffon; Zambrotta (70' Cassetti), Bonera (46' Legrottaglie), Barzagli, Grosso (46' Dossena); De Rossi, Pirlo (46'  Aquilani), Gattuso (46' Perrotta); Di Natale, Gilardino, Del Piero (74' Palombo).

Subs not used:  (Amelia, Camoranesi, Iaquinta).

Coach: Marcello Lippi

Austria (4-4-1-1):

Manninger (46' Oczan); Garics, Prodl, Stranzl, Pogatetz (58' Leitgeb); Scharner (46'  Gercaliu); Harnik (72' Hoffer), Saumel, Ivanschitz (86'  Linz), Fuchs; Janko (65' Maierhofer). (Standfest, Klenast).

Coach:  Bruckner

Referee: Couè (Francia)

Your thoughts on the match? Key players?

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