Austria held Italy to a two-all draw in Rome on Saturday (20 November) in Group Six of the European Championship preliminaries.
Austria held Italy to a two-all draw in Rome on Saturday (20 November) in Group Six of the European Championship preliminaries. But the result did not affect the outcome, as Italy had already amassed enough points to qualify for the Championship quarter-finals.
The final position in group six was: Italy 10 points; Austria 7 points; Sweden 6 points; Irish Republic 1 point.
SYNOPSIS: Austria, in the white shirts, kicked off in the Rome Stadium on Saturday against an Italian side already certain to qualify in Group Six of the European Championship preliminary rounds. But it was Austria who opened the attack, providing an early thrill for the 85-thousand fans.
But the Italians struck back and established a strong power-base in the midfield. In the tenth minute Pierino Prati put Italy ahead with this goal from the wing....
It looked as if the Italians were going to win comfortably, but the Austrians rallied, and in the 35th minute went ahead with a shot from Jara, wearing No. 11
With the half-time score at one all, Italy no longer looked certain of victory.
Fourteen minutes after the interval, Jars raced through to put Austria cheat with a powerful shot that ???icocheted off Italy's Santarini.
It seemed Austria ware going to avenge their two-one defeat in the first leg and gain their first victory over Italy for ten years. But Italy came back in the finish and 17 minutes from time de Siati headed the equalizer.