ITALY 0-0 NETHERLANDS, Pescara, 14/11/09

Challengers Italy and continuing champions the Netherlands played out a goalless draw in Pescara tonight in a title match overshadowed by an apparently serious injury to Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutch were the better side in the first half, and Dirk Kuyt came closest to breaking the deadlock.

Italy improved in the second half, and Giampaulo Pazzini had the ball in the Dutch net, only to have the effort disallowed off for handball.

Van Persie had left the field within the first fifteen minutes, after falling awkwardly following a challenge with Giorgio Chiellini.

The draw means that the Dutch retain the UFWC title, and will defend it on Wednesday against Paraguay.

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3 thoughts on “Italy 0-0 Netherlands

  1. peter

    The goal from Italy was not disallowed due to offside, but due to the fact he pushed the ball with his hand in the goal.

  2. bas1357

    Robin van Persie is probably out for two months. Something with his ankle, don’t know the english word for it. (In Dutch: enkelbanden gescheurd.)

    Disallowed goal was very obvious handball. Referee already had allowed the goal but dutch players told him to go to the linesman who had seen it was handball. Referee then disallowed the goal, very brave and good decision.

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