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Dempsey secures historic U.S. soccer win over Italy

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 3:47 p.m. CST; updated 4:23 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

GENOA, Italy — The United States stunned Italy on Wednesday as Clint Dempsey's second-half goal gave the Americans their first ever victory over the Azzurri in 11 meetings.

Dempsey became only the fourth American to score against Italy when he fired past Gianluigi Buffon in the 55th minute, and the U.S. clung on for a memorable win in the friendly international.

It is Jurgen Klinsmann's fifth victory in 10 games as U.S. coach and will also serve as personal revenge for the former Germany great after losing the 2006 World Cup semifinal to eventual champion Italy when in charge of the German national team.

Italy almost snatched a draw in stoppage time when Riccardo Montolivo's effort flashed past the right upright. It is the Azzurri's first defeat in Genoa since 1924.


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