Having already booked a place in Ljubljana for the eleventh European Championship, Italy finished the Main Round with a draw to hosts Georgia. The Azzurri went two goals up at the New Sport Palace thanks to goals from Romano and Boaventura. However, the Georgians were able to get back into the game through own goals from Ercolessi and Putano with the result securing a place in the playoffs for them.
Sebiskveradze hit the post in the first minute and Putano made a save. Italy controlled possession but Georgia had another big chance on the counterattack as Putano was unable to get there in time but Bonaventura and Bordignon were able to do enough to force Bobokhidze into missing.
Having gotten through the difficult moments unscathed, Schinina came on and the Kaos player delivered the assist for Romano to make it 1-0. Boaventura then doubled the lead. Not long later, Schinina had a chance to make it 3-0 but a Georgian defender saved on the goalline. At the end of the half, the home side halved the deficit with a Tophuria ball from the right beating Putagno after being deflected by Ercolessi.
The second half began with Georgia scoring after some indecisiveness from the Italy goalkeeper from a Kakabadze set piece. The New Sports Palace became deafening in celebration but Italy tried to restore their advantage. Calderolli fired at goam and the ball fell to Cavinato who was unable. There were no more goals to follow before the end and the home support was able to celebrate making the playoffs. Italy on the other hand had already booked their place in the finals.
ITALY 2-2 Georgia
ITALY: Putano, Ercolessi, Lima, Honorio, Patias, Cavinato, Calderolli, Romano, Schininà, Boaventura, Merlim, Fortino, Bordignon, Molitierno. Coach. Menichelli
GEORGIA: Kupatadze, Chanukvadze, Nishnianidze, Roninho, Sebiskveradze, Todua, Kakabadze, Tophuria, Kobaidze, Maisaia, Bobokhidze, Kurtanidze, Jamburia. Coach. Asatiani
SCORERS: 9’55” first half. Romano (I), 11’06” Boaventura (I), 15’29”, Ercolessi OG (G), 4’19” second half. OG. Putano (G)
BOOKINGS: Chanukvadze (G), Sebiskveradze (G), Putano (I), Cavinato (I), Kupatadze (G)
REFEREES: Oleg Ivanov (Ukraine), Admir Zahovic (Slovenia), Ozan Soykan (Turkey) TIMEKEEPER: Shota Kukhilava (Georgia)