Rógvi Jacobsen breaks the Faroese scoring record, but world champions Italy win 3-1

November 21, 2007: UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifier, Group B:

Match higlights on video at the bottom


Italy - Faroe Islands 3-1 (3-0)
1-0 Owngoal 11'
2-0 Luca Toni 36'
3-0 Giorgio Chiellini 41'
3-1 Rógvi Jacobsen 83'

World Champions Italy took the lead after only 10 minutes when defender Fróði Benjaminsen was most unfortunate to steer an Italian pass past his own goalkeeper.

The next 15 minutes goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen had to be at his best on two occasions to save from the Italian attackers.

Rógvi Jacobsen then thought he had equalized for the Faroe Islands when he headed the ball into the Italian goal, but the referee disallowed the goal as he deemed that Rógvi's challenge had been illegal.

On 35 minutes Luca Tony showed his killer instinct in front of goal when he received the ball, turned and fired it into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Five minutes later 3-0 Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 with a thunderous diagonal shot from 30 meters that went straight into the top right corner.

In the 2nd half, Italy took their foot of the throttle, and the Faroes saw quite a lot of possession and had several finishes.

However, Italy still had their fair shares of good opportunities, but either poor finishing or good saves from keeper Jákup Mikkelsen kept Italy at bay for the whole of the 2nd half.

But the Faroe Islands were sensing a possible goal against the world champions.

Súni Olsen had a dipping free kick from 27 meters that touched the roof of the net, before Rógvi Jacobsen went close on two occasions; first with a header that went just left of the left post, and then with a volley that went just left of that same upright.

But Rógvi wasn't to be denied his goal – and the Faroese goals coring record. On 82 minutes Jóhan Troest Davidsen put in a fine cross from the right and Rógvi Jacobsen was on place to head the ball into the top left corner. This was Rógvi's 10th goal for the Faroe Islands and he is now the record scorer for the Faroes. Before tonight's goal, he sheared the record with retired Todi Jónsson.

The Faroes were just centimetres away from a 2nd goal, but Johan Troest Davidsen's header, after a cross from Christian Høgni Jacobsen on the left, bounced off the post.

See final standing here.

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