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U-21 International Friendly: Bulgaria 0-2 Italy

U-21 international friendly - 16/11/04
Bulgaria 0-2 Italy
Pepe (I) 45, Bianchi (I) 81
Sofia, Bulgaria


Claudio Gentile’s Under-21 side ended 2004 on a high with a 2-0 friendly win in Bulgaria. Simone Pepe and Rolando Bianchi netted the goals in a match that won’t live long in the memory.

The Azzurrini had the better of the early exchanges in a pretty unspectacular first half. Gentile’s boys seemed to quickly find their shape and Pepe wasted a good heading opportunity after 10 minutes. The same striker then tried a cheeky chip soon after but Mihaylov saved well.

On 15 minutes, Cesare Bovo fancied his chances with a long range free-kick, but the Parma stopper’s effort flew wide of goal. Little happened until the 28th minute when the home side finally awoke. A Bozkhov free-kick caused panic when Berni only parried before Potenza cleared the danger.

The game took an unexpected twist on the half hour after Pagano, Dimitrov and Pepe were all booked for unfriendly-like tackles. But Italy kept their cool to end the first period in front. Aquilani and Rosina almost netted before Pepe did in injury time. Potenza slid the ball across for the Piacenza youngster to blast home from close range. 1-0 to Italy!

Gentile made four changes at half time, giving Daniele Mannini of Brescia and Lecce’s Erminio Rullo their debuts. Italy again seemed in control of proceedings but Bulgaria almost equalised on 53 minutes, with Zakov just missing the target from a favourable position.

Both Coaches brought on more substitutes as the half went on which did little to help the flow of the game. Palankov briefly interrupted the boredom, on 71 minutes, as he tested Berni with a long range shot which the ‘keeper comfortably dealt with.

Italy went two up with nine minutes left. Cagliari youngster Bianchi converged on goal, avoided the ‘keeper to slide the ball into the back of the net with his right foot. The Azzurrini claimed another victory even if captain Marco Donadel was dismissed late on.


Bulgaria U-21: Mihaylov (Petrov 58); B.Diakov (Genokov 57), Milanov, Dimitrov, Vergilov; Palankov, S. Diakov, Kakalov, Zakov; Zlatinov, Bozhkov

Italy U-21: Berni; Potenza (Zambelli 46), Bovo, Piccolo, Dallamano (Rullo 46); Rosina, Donadel, Aquilani (Loviso 46), Pagano (Mannini 46); Bianchi, Pepe (Corvia 55)

Ref: Ristokov

Sent off: Donadel (I) 84

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Not surprised,dude. The BG U21 team is only such on paper lately
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