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Italy 1-1 Romania

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni
Donadoni's side play France in their final group game

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni believes his side deserved to beat Romania, even though Gianluigi Buffon had to save a penalty to keep the team in Euro 2008.

World Champions Italy drew 1-1 but would have been out had Buffon not saved Adrian Mutu's late spot-kick.

"I think Italy played better than Romania," said the Azzurri boss.

Luca Toni had a goal wrongly ruled out and Donadoni added: "I don't usually speak about referees. But the refereeing was not of high quality."

Toni's header was disallowed with the score at 0-0 on the stroke of half time and Donadoni felt aggrieved, especially after Ruud van Nistelrooy's goal against his side in the 3-0 loss to the Netherlands.


Van Nistelrooy appeared offisde but was played on by Christian Panucci lying off the pitch injured after a collision with Buffon.

"It's funny that they saw Panucci when he was off the field against Holland and then they didn't see the player by the post," said Donadoni. "The error really cost us."

The Italy coach has been under pressure after the defeat by the Netherlands and, although he apologised for the result against Romania, he was pleased with the performance.

"After the Holland game, all of us had to shoulder the responsibility," he added.

"We were sorry to hurt so many Italian fans with the way we played.

"And we're sorry somewhat after this match, because we didn't get the three points I think we deserved."

Italy now play France in their final group game needing a win to stand a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Group C
17 June 2008 21:41
    P GD PTS
1 Netherlands 3 8 9
2 Italy 3 -1 4
3 Romania 3 -2 2
4 France 3 -5 1

see also
Italy 1-1 Romania
13 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Italy team guide
15 May 08 |  Italy
Romania team guide
15 May 08 |  Romania

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