Belgium v Italy, 14 June 2000

Score2-0 to Italy
RefereeJosé María García-Aranda
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group B
VenueKing Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance44,500
Kick Off: 20:45 Local (19:45 BST) Assistant referees: Carlos Martín Nieto (Spain) Ivan Lekov (Bulgaria) Fourth official: Kyros Vassaras (Greece) Italy virtually guaranteed themselves of a UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-final place with an efficient performance that said as much about their defensive solidity as their attacking prowess. Goals in either half by Francesco Totti and Stefano Fiore sealed a second successive group victory. Though Totti struck after just six minutes, heading in Antonio Conte's pinpoint free-kick, Dino Zoff's side had to withstand a concerted assault on their goal. It was superbly protected by Francesco Toldo, before Fiori stole a breakaway goal midway through the second half. The Azzurri began brightly and might have scored in the opening two minutes when Filip De Wilde raced out of goal to deny the onrushing Totti. Moments later the goalkeeper was forced into a double save from Paolo Maldini's fierce volley and Filippo Inzaghi's shot on the turn. The early pressure told on six minutes when Conte picked out Totti to nod in from close range. Belgium countered in an instant, finding a spare man at the far post as the move swept down the right. The ball was fed back to Bart Goor, scorer of the first tournament goal in Saturday's 2-1 win against Sweden, but this time his drive was tipped on to the crossbar by Toldo. It signalled the start of a barrage on Toldo's goal as Goor's athleticism, and the dynamism of Marc Wilmots and Yves Vanderhaeghe, helped Belgium dominate midfield. Shots rained in but Toldo was defiant, flinging himself at Wilmots' feet and turning Lorenzo Staelens' snap-shot wide. His next save was even more spectacular, pushing away substitute Luc Nilis' free-kick. It seemed only a matter of time before Les Diables Rouges levelled, but Belgium unravelled on the counterattack, Fiore playing a one-two with Inzaghi to finish adroitly on 66 minutes.

0  Belgium

Manager: Robert Waseige

2  Italy

Manager: Dino Zoff

Goals:

Goals:

Francesco Totti 6 G
Stefano Fiore 66 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Filip De Wilde
Defender/Right back Eric Deflandre
Defender Lorenzo Staelens (captain)
Centre back Joos Valgaeren
Defender/Left back Nico Van Kerckhoven
Midfielder Bart Goor
Midfielder Yves Vanderhaeghe
Midfielder Gert Verheyen
Midfielder Marc Wilmots
Forward Emile Mpenza
Forward Branko Strupar

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Francesco Toldo
Defender Fabio Cannavaro
Defender Mark Iuliano
Defender Paolo Maldini (captain)
Defender Alessandro Nesta
Defender/Midfielder Gianluca Zambrotta
Midfielder Demetrio Albertini
Midfielder Antonio Conte
Midfielder Stefano Fiore
Forward Filippo Inzaghi
Forward Francesco Totti

Substitutions:

Marc Hendrikx for Nico Van Kerckhoven 44
Luc Nilis for Branko Strupar 57
Mbo Mpenza for Gert Verheyen 67

Substitutions:

Alessandro Del Piero for Francesco Totti 62
Marco Delvecchio for Filippo Inzaghi 77
Massimo Ambrosini for Stefano Fiore 82

Cards:

Marc Wilmots 70 Y

Cards:

Gianluca Zambrotta 44 Y
Demetrio Albertini 47 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Geert De Vlieger
Goalkeeper Frédéric Herpoel
Defender Philippe Leonard
Defender Jacky Peeters
Defender/Centre back Eric Van Meir
Midfielder Philippe Clement
Midfielder Marc Hendrikx
Midfielder Johan Walem
Forward Gilles De Bilde
Forward Mbo Mpenza
Forward Luc Nilis

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati
Goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli
Defender Ciro Ferrara
Defender Paolo Negro
Midfielder Massimo Ambrosini
Midfielder Luigi Di Biagio
Midfielder Angelo Di Livio
Midfielder Gianluca Pessotto