ITA V MAS ( Round-robin ) Olympic Qualifier Victoria 2008
Match Review ITA - MAS 0-0
Italy needed a win in the second match of the day to keep alive their hope of making the Final on Sunday, while Malaysia were still trying to register their first point and first goal of the competition. Italy immediately took control of the play and build up multiple chances, but the young Malaysian defense, showing good composure despite their lack of international experience, weathered the storm quietly, with Ernawati MAHMUD putting on another stellar performance in goal.
Italy kept attacking unrelentingly but were denied time after time, even when Malaysia was twice reduced to ten players with yellow cards, and the game was still scoreless at halftime. The same pattern of play prevailed in second half, with Italy doing most of the attacking and Malaysia pushing them back with their good collective defense. Half way through the period, with fatigue settling in, the pace of play slowed down and Italy seemed to lose the urgency to score, allowing Malaysia to mount some interesting attacks of their own.
With time ticking down, Italy pushed desperately to score but Malaysia hanged on to earn the tie, their first point of the competition even though they are still chasing their first goal. Italy on the other hand will bitterly regret all their missed chances, as the draw now puts them in the obligation to beat Ireland to reach the Final.
- Match 11
- Date Thu, 1 May 2008
- Time 15:00
- Pool/Class Round-robin