World Cup Qualifying - European - Group G
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Italy 2-0 Albania

Flares
Flares and smoke bombs from the crowd made visibility an issue in the second half

Italy's 2-0 win over Albania was held up for eight minutes after visiting fans repeatedly threw flares and smoke bombs on to the pitch.

Italy - in goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's 1,000th career game - were leading through Daniele de Rossi's penalty when referee Slavko Vincic took the players off the pitch.

Albania's Italian manager Gianni de Biasi said: "I was really upset with the throwing of the fireworks.

"I never thought I'd see that."

Flares were first thrown on to the pitch as De Rossi waited to take a penalty but it was in the second half when the players were forced from the field.

An announcement was made at Palermo's Renzo Barbera stadium warning fans their team could face sanctions if they continued and it had to be repeated, but that only sparked the lighting of more flares.

Thirty-nine-year-old Buffon - who played in his 168th Italy game, making him the most capped European player - had to leave his goalmouth.

One firework exploded near to a steward and he was taken away for assessment, though he was not injured. Albania captain Ansi Agolli appealed to the fans before play resumed.

Flares on the pitch
The match was held up for eight minutes in the second half after Albania supporters threw flares on to the pitch

"I saw a different side to the Albanian fans, something I hadn't seen in my years here," said De Biasi.

"I was struck and pained to see those scenes."

Gigi Buffon
Gianlugi Buffon has conceded 799 goals in 1,000 appearances for Italy, Parma and Juventus

The second goal came when Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed home to leave Italy second in Group G - behind Spain only on goal difference.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva and Chelsea striker Diego Costa both scored as Spain beat Isreal 4-1 in Gijon.

Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson also scored as Iceland beat Kosovo.

Line-ups

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 22Zappacosta
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19Bonucci
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 6Candreva
  • 16De Rossi
  • 10Verratti
  • 7Insigne
  • 9Belotti
  • 11Immobile

Substitutes

  • 3Romagnoli
  • 4Darmian
  • 5Rugani
  • 8Gagliardini
  • 12Donnarumma
  • 13D'Ambrosio
  • 14Meret
  • 17Éder
  • 18Parolo
  • 20Petagna
  • 21Sansone
  • 23Verdi

Albania

  • 1Strakosha
  • 4Hysaj
  • 5VeseliBooked at 70mins
  • 13KukeliBooked at 78mins
  • 18Ajeti
  • 7AgolliBooked at 23mins
  • 2LilaSubstituted forSadikuat 67'minutes
  • 8BashaSubstituted forLatifiat 87'minutes
  • 9MemushajBooked at 11mins
  • 21RoshiBooked at 74minsSubstituted forGrezdaat 78'minutes
  • 16Cikalleshi

Substitutes

  • 3Alla
  • 6Grezda
  • 10Sadiku
  • 11Llullaku
  • 12Shehi
  • 14Xhaka
  • 15Latifi
  • 17Aliji
  • 19Balaj
  • 20Hyka
  • 22Abrashi
  • 23Hoxha
Referee:
Slavko Vincic
Attendance:
33,136

Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamAlbania
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Italy 2, Albania 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Italy 2, Albania 0.

Attempt missed. Armando Sadiku (Albania) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Burim Kukeli.

Attempt missed. Sokol Cikalleshi (Albania) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eros Grezda with a cross.

Attempt missed. Daniele De Rossi (Italy) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Liridon Latifi replaces Migjen Basha.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Burim Kukeli.

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ciro Immobile.

Attempt missed. Burim Kukeli (Albania) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Andrea Belotti (Italy).

Ledian Memushaj (Albania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Migjen Basha (Albania) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Albania. Conceded by Leonardo Bonucci.

Attempt blocked. Armando Sadiku (Albania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ledian Memushaj.

Foul by Andrea Belotti (Italy).

Eros Grezda (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Italy. Lorenzo Insigne tries a through ball, but Mattia De Sciglio is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Eros Grezda replaces Odise Roshi.

Booking

Burim Kukeli (Albania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andrea Belotti (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Burim Kukeli (Albania).

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Delay in match Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Odise Roshi (Albania) is shown the yellow card.

Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Odise Roshi (Albania).

Foul by Andrea Belotti (Italy).

Frederic Veseli (Albania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Attempt blocked. Ledian Memushaj (Albania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Armando Sadiku.

Goal!

Goal! Italy 2, Albania 0. Ciro Immobile (Italy) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Davide Zappacosta with a cross following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Frederic Veseli (Albania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frederic Veseli (Albania).

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Armando Sadiku (Albania).

Attempt missed. Davide Zappacosta (Italy) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Albania. Armando Sadiku replaces Andi Lila.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France431072510
2Netherlands42118447
3Sweden42116337
4Bulgaria4202610-46
5Belarus402226-42
6Luxembourg401359-41

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland440093612
2Portugal4301163139
3Hungary42118357
4Faroe Islands411228-64
5Latvia410328-63
6Andorra4004113-120

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany44001601612
2Northern Ireland42118267
3Azerbaijan421124-27
4Czech Rep412124-25
5Norway410357-23
6San Marino4004117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia5320126611
2R. of Ireland532073411
3Wales51408447
4Austria52128717
5Georgia502348-42
6Moldova5014213-111

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland4310105510
2Montenegro42119457
3Denmark42027526
4Romania41216425
5Armenia4103410-63
6Kazakhstan4022311-82

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England431060610
2Slovenia42204228
3Slovakia42027256
4Lithuania412157-25
5Scotland411268-24
6Malta4004110-90

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain54101921713
2Italy5410134913
3Israel53029909
4Albania520348-46
5Macedonia5104711-43
6Liechtenstein5005119-180

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium44002112012
2Greece431092710
3Bos-Herze42118537
4Cyprus410338-53
5Estonia4103515-103
6Gibraltar4004217-150

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia54101111013
2Iceland531186210
3Ukraine52217438
4Turkey52217528
5Finland501438-51
6Kosovo5014214-121
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