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By Gelu Sulugiuc
TORSHAVN, Faroe Islands, June 2 (Reuters) - Filippo Inzaghi continued his recent good form with two goals in Italy’s nervous 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday.
The world champions have 13 points from six matches in Group B, trailing leaders France by two points.
Striker Inzaghi, who scored both goals in AC Milan’s 2-1 European Cup final win over Liverpool last week, brought down Andrea Pirlo’s long pass in the box and prodded home on 13 minutes.
The 33-year-old then netted his 25th international goal when he headed in Aimo Diana’s deep cross just after halftime.
The Faroe Islands produced some neat football to belie their world ranking of 185 and they gave the world champions some late scares after Rogvi Jacobsen nodded home on 77 minutes.
The Italians, who were missing several players through injury and gave a debut to 32-year-old Roma left back Max Tonetto, laboured in the wind and driving rain but could still have scored several more.
Inzaghi could have opened the score in the third minute when he shot wide from inside the penalty box and could have added to his tally in the 25th minute when he was wide with a diving header.
“We knew that it would not be easy,” Inzaghi said. “The cold conditions on the field did not favour us but in the end it’s three points we can take home.
“It is a fantastic moment for me, but it is right to thank my team mates because they did everything to help me score.
“In Europe, there are no easy games,” he added. “Today none of us underestimated the match.”
Jacobsen, who makes his living working as a full-time carpenter, became the hero to the 6,000-strong crowd after scoring his sixth career goal for the home side.
“We are very happy for this result because this is the world champion,” he said. “We were a bit afraid we would lose with many goals, but we played a good match. We are a little bit disappointed that we didn’t get 2-2 at the end.”
Substitute Christian Holst came close to snatching a draw for the Faroese when he sent a header just over the crossbar after a corner in the 76th minute and forced a diving save from keeper Gianluigi Buffon in the dying moments of the match.
The islanders’ good display has given them confidence for Wednesday’s home match against Scotland despite propping up the group table with zero points.
“We have played three good matches this year and are getting better and better, so we are confident for the Scotland game,” Jacobsen said. (Additional reporting by Mark Meadows in Milan)