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    18.11.2013 10:46 - in: Events S

    Italy v Nigeria remembered for Roberto Baggio magic

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    The only past meeting between Italy and their opposition tonight dates back to 1994 in a World Cup game decided by two strikes from the “Divin Codino”

    Italy have only once come up against the team they face this evening, Nigeria, but it has gone down as one of the most famous matches in Azzurri history.

    It’s just a friendly tonight at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, but when the two teams last competed in 1994 there was much more at stake: the occasion was the last 16 of the World Cup, held that year in the United States.

    A major upset seemed to be on the cards when Nigeria took the lead through Emmanuel Amunike and Italy went a man down following the controversial sending off of Gianfranco Zola.

    But in the 88th minute, Juventus’ own Roberto Baggio got the Azzurri back on track when he guided a right-footed shot from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.

    And the “Divin Codino” then completed a glorious turn-around in extra-time when he lashed home a penalty to book Italy’s spot in the quarter-final.

    There were two Bianconeri players with the Baggio surname on the field that day at the Foxboro Stadium: Ballon d’Or-holder Roberto and also Dino, who was on the verge of joining Parma.

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