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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Italy 0-1 USA
The United States made history in Genoa as they defeated Italy 1-0 for the first time in 78 years. Despite a nervy last few minutes, including four minutes of stoppage time, the American side held on for the big victory in front of a few travelling USA fans.
Landon Donovan was missing from the squad as they traveled to Italy, home sick with bronchitis. Despite a strong showing against Chelsea this weekend, saving Bolton from conceding around six goals as opposed to three, Tim Ream was not included in Jurgen Klinsmen's starting lineup.
Clint Dempsey was the real hero for the United States as he hit the mark in the 55th minute after the USA had held Italy to a 0-0 score line up through the halftime break. Imposing striker Jozy Altidore was the one to set up the Fulham play maker after receiving the ball from the midfield and holding off the Italy defense until he could tap the ball off to Dempsey. A cool strike into the bottom left corner of the net past veteran goal keeper Gianluigi Buffon to put the USA up 1-0.
Italy's small (very small, 5'4.5") striker Sebastian Giovinco and fellow striker Alessandro Mitri were unable to put the Italians on the scoreline and the match finished out with a historical victory for the US players.

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