Italy face Sweden in an attempt to finally win the second game of a tournament

June 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

Sixteen long years have gone by since Italy last won their second group match at a major tournament. At Euro 2000, the Azzurri managed by goalkeeping legend Dino Zoff, beat hosts Belgium 2-0 in Brussels after a 1-1 draw in the opening match against Turkey.

As fate would have it, Italy defeated the Red Devils with the same result as last Monday thanks to goals by Francesco Totti and Stefano Fiore.

Two years later, in 2002, Italy were beaten 2-1 by Croatia following a brilliant 2-0 win against Ecuador. The likely opponents for the last-16 round should the Azzurri top group E and Croatia finish second in group D.

In 2004, Italy played Denmark in a game famously remembered for Francesco Totti’s spit on Christian Poulsen. This time a goalless draw separated the Euro 1968 and Euro 1992 champions.A victory had to follow against today’s opponents Sweden where Christian Vieri opened the lead, but a last-minute audacious back-flick goal by then-prodigy Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent the Azzurri into the darkest of glooms.xin_050601191309593211448

In 2006, Italy drew again their second match. This time against Bruce’s Arena United States in Kaiserslautern. Alberto Gilardino had broken the deadlock before an ill-fated own-goal by Christian Zaccardo restored parity for the Americans.

AtĀ Austria&Switzerland 2008, Italy didn’t manage to go beyond another frustrating 1-1 result against minnows Romania while two years later they were held to the same result against New Zealand in South Africa.

Euro 2012.Another draw followed as Italy and Croatia netted one apiece.

Two years ago in Brazil, Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz inflicted a gloomy 1-0 defeat to the Azzurri after the latter had convincingly claimed a 2-1 win over England inĀ their group curtain-raiser.

“Occhio oggi”- careful today, Italy..

History isn’t speaking in your favour whenever it concerns the minutes 90 to 180.

 

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