Soccer, and Italy beat Belgium 1-0 in a friendly match in Liege, Belgium, on Wednesday (21 December).
TV PAN Italy (dark blue shirts playing left to right) kick off and pass ball back to their goal keeper after losing and regaining possession.
TV Referee running
TV PAN Italy retain possession as they come upfield with good passing movements and just fail to score.
TV Italian players
TV Belgians attack and just fail to score.
TV A free kick to Italy, from just outside Belgian goal area. The ball rebounds off goal post and is put into the net by Italian No. 3 Paolino Pulici. But the goal is disallowed because the player was offside.
TV Officials on pitch at halftime.
TV An Italian player brought down just outside the penalty area in an attack in the second half.
TV Italian and Belgian player watching.
TV, Italy take free kick by rolling the ball across for No. 10 Giancarlo Antognoni to score with a hard right footed shot PAN TO Italian players congratulating.
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Background: Soccer, and Italy beat Belgium 1-0 in a friendly match in Liege, Belgium, on Wednesday (21 December).
SYNOPSIS: The Italians, in dark blue shirts and playing from left to right, were below full strength. Only three of the 11 Italians who played in the recent World Cup match in London against England were in the side to face the Belgians. So, naturally they were taking no chances.
Belgium, who have already been eliminated from the World Cup, had injected new blood, but to no avail.
They misses their chances in the first half. Italy, on the other hand, mixed caution with aggression and came upfield with many passing movements, and looked like taking the lead at any moment.
The Italians are safely through to next year's World Cup finals in Argentina, and for manager Enzo Bearzot, the friendly match was a time to experiment.
On the half hour, Giancarlo Antognoni, of Italy, caught the Belgian goal keeper Jean-Marie Pfaff off guard with a fine shot which scrapped a post. Then Paolino Pulici beat Pfaff but the referee ruled him offside.
At times, the match looked anything but friendly...as it moved to the second half with the score still standing 0-0. Two players - one from either side - got the yellow card.
Seventeen minutes from the end, the Italians went ahead. Antognoni scored the winning goal by hammering a free-kick through the Belgian wall.