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October 14, 1992 Italy 2-Switzerland 2

October 14, 1992
Italy 2-Switzerland 2
World Cup Qualifying-Group 1
Venue: Cagliari -Stadio Sant'Elia
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)
Goalscorers: (Italy): Roberto Baggio 83, Stefano Eranio 90
 (Switzerland): Christophe Ohrel 17, Stephane Chapuisat 20
1-Luca Marchegiani (Torino Calcio 1906) [3 caps / 0 goals]    
2- Mauro Tassotti (Associazione Calcio Milan)    [1 caps / 0 goals]    
3-Alberto Di Chiara (Associazione Calcio Parma) [4 caps / 0 goals]    
4-Stefano Eranio (Associazione Calcio Milan)  [10 caps / 2 goals]     
5-Alessandro Costacurta (Associazione Calcio Milan)  [8 caps / 1 goals]      
6-Marco Lanna (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)   [1 caps / 0 goals]    
7- Gianluigi Lentini (Associazione Calcio Milan)   [8 caps / 0 goals]     
8- Roberto Donadoni (Associazione Calcio Milan) [43 caps / 4 goals]    (15-Demetrio Albertini (Associazione Calcio Milan) [3 caps / 0 goals] 71)
9- Gianluca Vialli (Juventus Football Club-Torino)          [58 caps / 15 goals]    
10- Roberto Baggio (Juventus Football Club-Torino) [24 caps / 13 goals]    
11- Alberigo Evani (Associazione Calcio Milan)  [5 caps / 0 goals]     (14-Alessandro Bianchi (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)  [6 caps / 0 goals]     41)

Coach: Arrigo Sacchi
Booked: Marco Lanna 61

Team Captain: Gianluca Vialli
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Diadora
Uniform Colors: Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Blue Socks

Other Substitutes:
12-Gianluca Pagliuca (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  
13-Lorenzo Minotti (Associazione Calcio Parma)
16-Pierluigi Casiraghi (Juventus Football Club-Torino)

1-Marco Pascolo (Servette Football Club- Genéve) [5 caps / 0 goals]    
2-Marc Hottiger (Football Club Sion) [25 caps / 2 goals]    
3-Yvan Quentin (Football Club Sion) [2 caps / 0 goals]    
4-Andre Egli (Servette Football Club- Genéve) [74 caps / 8 goals]    
5-Alan Geiger (Football Club Sion) [77 caps / 2 goals]    
6- Georges Bregy (Berner Sport Club Young Boys)           [36 caps / 9 goals]    
7-Alain Sutter (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)  [34 caps / 3 goals]    
8-Christophe Ohrel (Servette Football Club- Genéve) [13 caps / 2 goals]     (16-Blaise Piffaretti (Football Club Sion) [22 caps / 0 goals]   55)
9- Adrian Knup (Verein für Bewegungspiele Stuttgart 1893 e.V. / Germany)   [23 caps / 18 goals]    (14-Beat Sutter (Neuchâtel Xamax Football Club)  [58 caps / 12 goals]    89)
10- Ciriaco Sforza (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)  [9 caps / 1 goals]    
11- Stephane Chapuisat (Ballspielverein Borussia Dortmund 1909 e.V. / Germany)  [25 caps / 7 goals]    

Coach: Roy Hodgson (England)

Team Captain: Andre Egli

Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Lotto

Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, White Shorts , Red Socks

Other Substitutes:
12-Stephan Lehmann (Football Club Sion)
13-Dominique Herr (Football Club Sion)
15-Kubilay Turkyilmaz (Bologna Football Club / Italy)


-Match number 495 for Italy and number 525 for Switzerland.

-This was the 49th meeting between the nations.

- The previous match between the nations was a Friendly on March 31, 1990 won 1-0 by Italy in Basel.
Italy players: Donadoni, Baggio and Pagliuca and Swiss players: Marc Hottiger, Dominique Herr ,Blaise Piffaretti, Adrian Knup, Alain Sutter  and Stephane Chapuisat  were the players still remaining from that match.
Baggio and Pagliuca remained on the bench for that match.

-The next match between the nations would be the return leg of this qualifier on May 1, 1993 in Bern.
Switzerland won 1-0 from a goal by Hottiger.
Italy players: Pagliuca, Baggio, Marchegiani, Lanna and Lentini and Swiss players: Pascolo ,Hottiger, Herr , Geiger, Quentin, Ohrel, Bregy, Sforza, Alain Sutter, Adrian Knup, Lehmann, Beat Sutter, Turkyilmaz and Stephane Chapuisat  were the players still remaining from that match.
For Italy Marchegiani and Lanna remained on the bench for that match.
For Switzerland Lehmann,  Beat Sutter and Kubilay Turkyilmaz remained on the bench for that match.

-The next match between the nations on Italian soil as well as Italy’s next win on Switzerland would be a friendly in Rome on June 3, 1994 won 1-0 by Italy.
Italy players: Pagliuca, Tassoti, Costacurta, Donadoni, Evani, Baggio, Marchegiani, Casiraghi and Minotti and Swiss players: Lehmann ,Hottiger, Quentin, Herr , Egli, Geiger, Bregy, Alain Sutter, Ohrel, Sforza and Stephane Chapuisat  were the players still remaining from that match.

Photo : from Onze-Mondial, December 1992

-Switzerland had not defeated Italy since October 1982, when they won a friendly 1-0 in Rome.

-Italy had previously defeated Switzerland in Cagliari on December 23, 1967 (4-0) during a UEFA European Championship qualifier.

-Both of Switzerland’s goals were due to goalkeeping errors by Luca Marchegiani. Following this match, he was displaced as starting goalkeeper by Gianluca Pagliuca.
On Switzerland’s second goal, he tried to dribble Chapuisat, but was dispossessed.
Marchegiani had just been elevated to starting goalkeeper as Walter Zenga’s involvement with the national team ended with the US Cup tour during the summer, where he was sent off vs. Republic of Ireland.
He was never called up again.
His sending off against Ireland and other of field events did not help his cause.

Photo : from Onze-Mondial, December 1992

-Arrigo Sacchi did not give a halftime talk to his team, and preferred to let his team figure their way out.

-Italians Paolo Maldini, Dino Baggio and Gianfranco Zola were unavailable for this match and sat in the stands.  Alberto Di Chiara took Maldini’s place in defense.

-Italy was still undefeated since Arrigo Sacchi had been appointed in late 1991. They would remain undefeated for 15 matches until losing to Switzerland on May 1, 1993.

- On October 1, 1992, Italy captain Franco Baresi announced his retirement from the national team.
Due to the poor defensive display, Italian manager Sacchi convinced Baresi to end his retirement.
On November 2, 1992, France Baresi announced his withdrawal of retirement.

-Switzerland and Italy qualified from this World Cup qualifying group. The rest of the group consisted of Portugal, Scotland, Estonia and Malta.

-The 1994 World Cup qualifiers, were the first qualifiers since 1980-1981 that Italy took part in.

-Mauro Tassoti became Italy’s oldest debutant at age 32. He did not play for Italy again until 1994, when he was selected for the World Cup squad.

-Over the summer, Gianluigi Lentini’s 26 Million Dollar transfer fee from Torino to AC Milan had broken the World record.
During the same time, Gianluca Vialli’s transfer from Sampdoria to Juventus came close with 25 Million Dollars.

-Switzerland’s Ciriaco Sforza played at Internazionale FC Milano during 1996/97 season and was teammates with Pagliuca.
Switzerland manager Roy Hodgson managed Internazionale FC Milano (1995-97).

-Both managers managed Milanese teams during 1996/97 season. Hodgson managed Inter and Sacchi managed AC Milan.
Neither manager played at top level as a player.

-AC Milan players Eranio (goalscorer), Donadoni and Evani were not automatic first choice players in their club as AC Milan had so many stars at its disposal that it employed a turn-over system.

-Italy played a friendly with Swiss club FC Zurich on September 23rd (won 2-0) in preparations for this match.

-This was Gianluca Vialli’s next to last for Italy as he struggled with injuries in the next couple of seasons as well as falling out with manager Sacchi.
His next match on December vs. Malta would be his last for Italy.
With Franco Baresi’s “retirement”, he was the official team captain.

-Upon being nominated as manager, Arrigo Sacchi had discarded many of predecessor Azeglio Vicini’s regular players, such as Giuseppe Bergomi, Riccardo Ferri, Nicola Berti, Giuseppe Giannini, Salvatore Schillaci, Luigi De Agostini, Giancarlo Marocchi and Ciro Ferrara.
Berti and Ferrara would eventually earn recalls in the years to come. Bergomi would surprisingly earn a recall for 1998 World Cup.

-Stefano Eranio and Marc Hottiger played in the English Premier League with  Derby County and Newcastle United respectively.
Gianluca Vialli would play and manage Chelsea FC in the EPL and sign Pierluigi Casiraghi.

-Swiss non-playing substitute Kubilay Turkyilmaz played in the Italian Serie B with Bologna FC. He also played at Brescia years later.

-Roberto Donadoni managed Italian national team from 2006-2008.

-Stephane Chapuisat is the first Swiss player to win the UEFA Champions League. He won in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund vs. Juventus. Ciriaco Sforza is the second Swiss player, having managed to win with Bayern Munich in 2001.

-First cap for Italian Marco Lanna, his next cap on October 13, 1993 vs. Scotland would be his last.
He was booked in his debut.

-Third straight match that Roberto Baggio has scored for Italy after scoring vs. USA and Holland in June and September.

-Switzerland’s Blaise Piffaretti would earn his next and final cap on November 10, 1996 vs. Norway.

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