Pazzini delight at hat-trick
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Giampaolo Pazzini was delighted with his hat-trick at the new Wembley.
Giampaolo Pazzini was delighted with his hat-trick which marked the opening of the new Wembley stadium as Italy Under-21s drew 3-3 with England.
The Fiorentina striker wrote his name in footballing history, as he scored the first-ever goal at the new home of English football.
His strike after 29 seconds was the fastest in Wembley history, but he also went on to grab a sensational hat-trick.
Pazzini was applauded off the pitch by the home fans, which he felt was a tremendous gesture.
"I left the ground with the claps of the English audience," beamed Pazzini.
"I didn't expect that reception. Sincerely I'am very pleased.
"That is real merit to the English culture.
"I didn't expected to score three times. I'm absolutely delighted.
"It has been a sensational day. It was beautiful playing at Wembley."
Coach Pierluigi Casiraghi was delighted to have helped open the new stadium.
"It is a very different stadium to the old Wembley, as that smell of wood has gone, but you couldn't create a modern structure like that," said Casiraghi.
"I really like it. When there will be 90,000 fans cheering on England, it will be very difficult to beat them!"