The match №10, Group С, third tournament day.
Greece – Italy 0:0
January 7th, 2012, SCC Petersburgsky, 800 spectators.
Judges: Anopa, Manin, Rodionov
Greece: Сhoutesiotis E., Papoutsogiannopoulos, Сhoutesiotis A., Kantoutsis, Goutas, Siopis (C), Mouzakitis (Spanos, 68), Panagiotoudis, (Paliatsios, 83, Vosnakidis, 90), Soukias (Donis, 64), Papadimitriou (Giannitsanis, 74), Ioannidis (Polianidis , 89).
Head coach: Tsanas Konstantinos
Italy: Cragno, Allegra, Lancini, Gatto, Rugani (C), Piana (Maccarone, 46), Garritano (Bernardeschi, 59), Sanseverino (Murru, 81), Padovan (Ricci, 52), Pasa, Tempesti (Rozzi, 26)
Head coach: Evani Alberigo
Yellow cards: Allegra (32), Ioannidis (65), Rugani (68)
Best players: Ioannidis, Rugani
Head coach of Greece team Tsanas Konstantinos:
It was a good game, a good rival. After the defeat VS Ukraine, we could apply only to third place, and it was really important for us to find our game. There was no main aim: win or lose. Participating in Granatkin Memorial we are getting ready for the tournament in Ireland. It was a good chance to try our professionalism on such a serious contender as Italy. We tried to play collectively covering the football field. The most important thing for me is the confidence of my players in their abilities and skills. We didn't win. Italy is a serious contender. We wish Italy good luck.
Head coach of Italian team Evani Alberigo:
It was a completely different game, not like the match VS Ukraine. It differs not only in scoring, but also in tactics. On out faculty before the match I have been setting up all players rather psychologically, than tactically. On defense line we played more actively than in attack line. Although I am very unhappy with the way we played the ball. Today I saw the second half of the match Czech Republic VS Turkey. I was impressed with how Turkish football players move, pass and play. I want to review previous matches of Turkish national team in case to prepare for a match. I think this is a great team with an excellent set of fine players.