Wednesday November 17 2010
Italy: Quagliarella's Romanian draw

Fabio Quagliarella insists the goal was his against Romania and considers the new tactical approach.

His header from a corner kick earned a 1-1 draw for Italy, but only after a decisive deflection from Marica.

“Usually in these situations the goal is given to the striker! We hoped to win, but there were many debutants, so a draw is acceptable,” said the Azzurri hitman.

“With so many newcomers who didn't know each other in the first half, obviously we would have a few problems.

“Last time I was out due to an ankle injury. As I have always said, the Coach can always count on me and I always try to give my best when called.”

Cesare Prandelli adopted a different system for this international friendly, as Mario Balotelli, Alessandro Diamanti and Giuseppe Rossi rotated the trequartista role in the disappointing first half.

“I am a support striker, so I love to be in the thick of the action and that means starting quite far off the box.

“At Juventus we alternate with Ale Del Piero, but I am capable of playing as a centre-forward too, as I did it at Udinese and Napoli.

“It is important to have a reference point like a Marco Borriello or Alberto Gilardino in the area to really focus the attacking play.”

Balotelli was targeted by racist chants from the Romanian supporters in Austria.

“We were concentrated on the game and didn't really hear the boos. It is a sad incident, though, as Mario is an Italy player and should be cheered on like all the others.”

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