INTRODUCTION: Italy and the Netherlands played a one-all draw on Tuesday (6 January) in the Group A section of the Gold Cup tournament in Montevideo.
GV PAN Italy attack on right wing, Dutch defender saves for corner
GV Italy attack and Carlo Ancelotti scores goal (2 shots)
GV SLOW-MOTION REPLAY (2 shots)
GV Holland attack and Jan Peters scores from well out
GV SLOW-MOTION REPLAY
GV Italy prepare to take free kick, referee moves wall of players back, but shot goes wide (2 shots)
GV SLOW-MOTION REPLAY
SV PAN GV Italy prepare to take corner, ball headed on to goal, but keeper saves (3 shots)
GV SECOND HALF: Italy prepare to take free kick, ball bounces off crossbar and into play
GV Holland attack, scrappy Italian defence. Dutch player shoots for goal but misses
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Italy and the Netherlands played a one-all draw on Tuesday (6 January) in the Group A section of the Gold Cup tournament in Montevideo. The result allowed them to share second place in the group.
SYNOPSIS: Italy looked threatening from the start, making the Dutch defenders concede an early corner.
After seven minutes, Italy were in the land. Carlo Ancelotti proved the prime value of surprising a defence with an accurate short from long range...this one from 30 yards (metres) out. The goal was to prove one of the few exciting moments in a drab marred by rain.
Within eight minutes, the Dutch had levelled the score, their captain, Jan Peters, hitting a fierce drive from the edge of the penalty area. There wasn't much room to spare under the crossbar.
Without a major prize to strive for, the match had no keen competitive edge, nor any of the ugly scenes that had disfigured earlier matches in the tournament. It bofled down to a display of accomplished, but passionless, football.
The consensus among the experts, as well as the twenty thousands fans who watched the match, was that neither team had really deserved a place in the final of the group.
In the second half, the tempo had wound right down, although there were flutters near both goalmouths. At times, the Dutch forwards were left stranded without adequate midfield support. Loose finishing reflected the tepid mood that prevailed around the pitch, as the game faded away.