Lippi rounds on Azzurri
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marcello Lippi pulled no punches in criticising Italy after a 1-1 draw with USA.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi pulled no punches in criticising his side after they failed to beat nine-man USA on Saturday.
The Azzurri, themselves reduced in number due to the first half dismissal of Daniele De Rossi, had to settle for a point after Alberto Gilardino's opener was cancelled out by Christian Zaccardo's own goal.
USA, who saw Pablo Mastroeni and Eddie Pope dismissed within a matter of minutes of each other either side of the interval, defended gallantly for much of the second half, although Lippi believes his side failed to grasp the initiative.
"I'm disappointed and angry. We didn't go into this match in the right frame of mind and we paid for that with the nervous way we played and with the mistakes we made," he said.
"We were unlucky when the ball bounced off [Christian] Zaccardo to bring them level and then we didn't know how to take advantage of our numerical superiority later in the game."
Lippi was particularly scathing of De Rossi's dismissal, with the midfielder shown a straight red card by referee Jorge Larrionda for a blatant elbow on Brian McBride in the 27th minute.
"I'm sorry because he's a really good kid but he's made the umpteenth stupid mistake," he told Italy's RAI TV.