Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wednesday's Euro and Friendly (And Not-So-Friendly) Wrap

At Kiev, Antonio Di Natale scored twice, including a tiebreaking goal in the 77th minute that gave Italy a 2-1 victory at Ukraine.

Di Natale headed in Christian Panucci's cross from the left in the 41st minute, but Andriy Shevchenko -- a former star in the Italian League with AC Milan -- beat goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to tie the score in the 71st.

Massimo Ambrosini set up Di Natale's second goal, feeding him for a one-on-one with goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy.

"We showed a lot of character," Italy coach Roberto Donadoni said. "We're still a step behind physically but we're improving."

Italy (6-1-2) is second in Group B with 20 points, one point behind Scotland (7-2) and one ahead of France (6-2-1).

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"I just touched his hair a bit," Scolari said.

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