Oct 11, 2013 at 7.15pm UK
Denmark
2-2
Italy
Bendtner (45', 79')
Bjelland (64'), Zimling (72'), Bendtner (79'), Boilesen (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Osvaldo (28'), Aquilani (90')

Cesare Prandelli: 'Italy lost concentration'

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli blames his side's 2-2 draw with Denmark on a slack start to the second half in Copenhagen.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has conceded that his side were fortunate to leave Denmark with a point this evening, after a topsy-turvy clash in Copenhagen.

Pablo Osvaldo gave Italy the lead early on, but a pair of Nicklas Bendtner headers had the visitors trailing heading into the final few minutes.

The Azzurri rallied to equalise in added time through Alberto Aquilani, with a 2-2 draw enough to maintain Italy's unbeaten record in World Cup qualifying.

Prandelli has admitted that a poor start to the second half nearly cost them dearly, while praising a much-changed side's fighting spirit to earn a last-gasp point.

He told Rai Sport: "We suffered above all at the start of the second half, as for 20 minutes we focused only on defending.

"This team is accustomed to playing and taking control, so if we lose that then we become vulnerable. Once we began playing again we created some good chances. Denmark had to win and therefore gave perhaps even more than they had, but we got the draw.

"We know there are moments where you must not drop concentration. We dropped back by 10 metres before the break and allowed Denmark to put those crosses in."

Italy will conclude a successful qualifying campaign in Naples on Tuesday, with Armenia the visitors to the Stadio San Paolo.

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Nicklas Bendtner #11 of Denmark celebrates after scoring his team's first goal to equalise during the FIFA 2014 world cup qualifier between Denmark and Italy on October 11, 2013
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