Faroe Islands 1-2 Italy Torshavn, 02/06/07
Inzaghi (12, 48), Jacobsen (77)

Undisputed Unofficial and Official World Champions Italy only narrowly defeated the Faroe Islands – fielding a side with only six full-time professionals – in this Euro 2008 Qualifier. The win moves Italy clear of France and Sweden in 8th place in the all-time UFWC rankings.

Veteran striker Filippo Inzaghi was the Azzurri hero, netting both Italian goals in a rain and wind-swept Torshavn. In for the injured Luca Toni, Inzaghi opened the scoring in the 13th minute, brilliantly controlling a long ball with his right foot, then poking it past the Faroes’ goalkeeper with his left. He added a second goal three minutes into the second half, rising at the far post to head home Aimo Diana’s cross.

Italy continued to dominate, but wasted a succession of chances to kill the game. And the lowly Faroes shocked the visitors in the 77th minute, when Rogvi Jacobsen rose to power a superb header past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The Italians were rattled and, with just seconds remaining, substitute Christian Holst almost hit an equaliser, only to be thwarted by a great save from Buffon.

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