Italy needs win their last game against Trapattoni's Ireland in last group game on Monday if their searching any possible way to next round.
Prandelli's team will proceed to quarter finals of euro 2012 if one of Spain or Croatia wins against each other and Italy wins against Ireland by any margin.
But if Spain and Croatia earns draw there will be some scenarios:
|Spain Vs. Croatia||Italy Wins||Qualifiers|
|0-0||Any margin||Italy & Spain|
|1-1||3 goals or more||Italy & Spain|
|1-1||2-0||Spain & Croatia|
|1-1||3-1||Spain & Italy|
|1-1||any wins higher than
3-1 with 2 margin
|Spain & Italy|
|2-2 or higher||any result||Spain & Croatia|
Cesare Prandelli can not be satisfied at the end of 1-1 with Croatia: "It 'a missed opportunity. We were managing well the advantage without risking anything. Then we got distracted on a cross and took a preventable goal. We knew that Croats are dangerous on high balls, but it was not enough. " The judgment on the performance remains positive: "We had some opportunities to score the second goal and above all we had a good balance in the field."
QUALIFICATION UNCERTAIN - The coach tries to remain optimistic in the key skills, although after playing in Spain could no longer depend solely on us: "We continue to believe in our media and in the correctness of all teams."
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Pozan, June 14, 2012 - Disappointment has matured as a draw, but also the conviction that the classification is still possible. The Azzurri are already projected to the challenge with Ireland, a race that becomes crucial at this point. "We could close the game the first time - explains Andrea Pirlo - maybe we're down in the second half, and they have found the goal. We had to win, now we beat ourselves up because there's more. " When asked about the risk of a 'cookie' that could oust Italy dall'Europeo once again, the midfielder of the answers firmly: "Spain and Croatia are two great teams and I do not think they can do something like that." On the same wavelength Gigi Buffon, which explains why there is a risk of recurrence of a situation similar to that of Euro 2004: "In this case, two teams of different values, and in Spain there are players with a excursus that can not be labeled as unsportsmanlike and make the world laugh with a 2-2. I know that winning the last game would pass through. "
The number one Blue does not hide the regret for the failure to win: "The performance is there and the will to win as well. We make a good football at times, but we must be more cynical when we have opportunity. In games like this you can not afford to give away anything. " The goal of Croatia Giorgio Chiellini failed to intercept the cross on which it is rash Mandzukic: "I was too close - he explains - and the ball came long. I had to keep up close, because we knew they were very good in these situations to score. " Even Thiago Motta is disappointed at the outcome: "We have wasted a great opportunity, in the first half we created a lot and we have not closed the game. Now we must think of Ireland and will not be easy. "
The vice president Demetrio Albertini Federal looks ahead: "We're back, and they have exploited the only shot they had. Perhaps with a bit more luck we could mortgage qualification, we now have to think about winning the next game. "
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Gianluigi Buffon was left irate after Croatia punished Italy's "only mistake of the game" to draw 1-1, with their UEFA EURO 2012 future now potentially hinging on results elsewhere.
Italy were left feeling short-changed after dominating much of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group C game against Croatia and taking a lead through Andrea Pirlo, only for Mario Mandžukić to punish their only real blunder of the match to plunder a share of the points at the Municipal Stadium Poznan.
Gianluigi Buffon, Italy goalkeeper
I think we played very well, trying everything to win the game. We feel we will qualify if we manage to win the last game against Ireland. Unfortunately we should have scored more goals when we created a few chances in the first half. It's a pity because we played really well in defence but they punished our only mistake of the game. However, I feel I can say that we are playing well – we just need to be more clinical and try to kill games when we have the chance.
Claudio Marchisio, Italy midfielder
It's a pity because we played very well in the first half when we should have scored more than once. We are disappointed now because we lost two points that we would have deserved. In the second half we did not play as well as in the first but I think we were in control until their goal came. I had a couple of chances in the first half, a shot which went just over and another when I should have done better. It's a pity because I think we deserved to win this game, while now we have to wait until the very last match to see if we qualify, hoping it will still be in our hands and not depending on other results. We will try everything to beat Ireland and see what happens.
Leonardo Bonucci, Italy defender
We knew Croatia were dangerous, especially when they put balls in the box from the two flanks, and unfortunately we conceded the equaliser from exactly one of those situations. There was a mistake in positioning by the whole defence and they punished us. It's never one single player to blame when you concede goals like that. In football one single event can decide the game and it happened. I think we were clearly the better side in the first half, but we slowed down a bit in the second and we paid for that.
Riccardo Montolivo, Italy midfielder
Another 1-1, but we have a bitter taste in our mouths this time around because we created enough chances to beat them, especially in the first half. I think we played a good first half, then Croatia improved in the second, but we were controlling the game without any particular problems until their goal. We knew they were a dangerous side and they confirmed it, punishing our only mistake of the game.
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has taken the blame for Croatia’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw on Thursday in Poznan.
Mario Mandzukic was allowed to bring the ball down in the six-yard-box, after Ivan Strinic’s looping cross floated over the Italian's head.
Mandzukic then smashed the ball home at the back post and the 27-year-old admits he should have done better.
"I made the mistake for Croatia's goal. I gave too much space to Mandzukic. He did well to control the ball and score, but I had to be closer to him," Chiellini told reporters after the game.
It was the same story against Spain in their opening Group C game as Italy took the lead through Antonio Di Natale but were pegged back just four minutes later when Cesc Fabregas was allowed to run through and score.
The Juventus defender knows the importance of keeping a clean sheet and how tough it can be defending on an international level.
"Even against Spain we were winning and at this level it is like this. You give away a chance and they will score. In the second half we were too close to our own goal."
The two draws means Italy will have to beat the Republic of Ireland in their final game to have a chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
Italy lost another 2 important points after leading 1-0 on first half by a great free kick of Andrea Pirlo on 39th minute, while Mario Mandzukic canceled Italy goal on 72th minute.
After a dominated first half that contains many good goal oportunities wasted by Balotelli and Marchisio, Italy get their goal on 39th minute by a beautifully taken free kick from Pirlo.
Second half starts with pressure from Croatia and Italy sit back and defend on their own half.
After some half chances Mario Mandzukic send ball into Buffon`s goal on 72th minute after a very bad decision made by Chiellini to jump out himself on Ivan Strinic`s ball into to penalty box.
Now Italy must wait for last day of group games to see what will happen, and can Italy go to quarter finals or be eliminated in this group.
Not good game after all :(
Prandelli chose his first 11 man as unchanged compare to previous game against Spain.
Lineup: Buffon; Bonucci, De Rossi, Chiellini; Maggio, Marchisio, Pirlo, Motta, Giaccherini; Cassano, Balotelli
Mario Balotteli has been given second chance to prove himself.
The 20011/12 season has been a memorable one for Christian Maggio. After helping SSC Napoli reach the UEFA Champions League round of 16 and end the domestic campaign with victory in the Coppa Italia, Maggio has now got his sights set on international silverware. An eye-catching performance against Spain in Italy's opening Group C match has helped cement his place in Cesare Prandelli's lineup and it is a privilege that fills the 30-year-old with great pride.
"I am an emotional character and I do get excited quite easily, so coming out on to the pitch and listening to the national anthem gives me goosebumps. At that moment, you are representing your country and for me it is a great honour," Maggio told UEFA.com. "So I'm always struggling to contain myself in the best possible way. I just hope I can make my contribution to the team and the nation."
After the defeat by Russia a week before Italy's opening UEFA European Championship encounter, Prandelli elected to switch from a 4-3-1-2 formation to a 3-5-2. It is a system which requires a particularly energetic performance from the wing-backs, who have to be able to help out in defence while also carrying the attack down the flanks. That Maggio met the challenge will surprise nobody who has seen him in that position for Napoli during the last two years.
"From a defensive point of view, the 3-5-2 gives us an extra man at the back and then on the counterattack," he explained. "With me involved, we get the chance to move forward well and create problems for our opponents. So from my point of view, it is a system that suits me fine and I am happy to do it. What is important is to give my best contribution defensively and offensively."
Maggio certainly did that last Sunday, helping to both stem the flood of Spain's myriad midfielders and take the game to the world and European champions. "We have started the EURO well," he said. "We got a good draw against a great team. Before the match it looked like we had no chance but, in the end, a great Italy side emerged. We competed from the very first minute and we are happy with how we played, so we hope to build on that experience."
Before Sunday, Maggio's experience of international tournament football was restricted to the second half of Italy's 3-2 defeat by Slovakia in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, the former ACF Fiorentina and UC Sampdoria defender has come to typify Prandelli's footballing philosophy and will doubtless be charged with providing another all-action performance against Croatia on Thursday.
"In the first match with Spain the tactical system worked very well and yielded benefits, but we will see whether we will use it again or not. The Croatia match is crucial – looking at the table a win is very important for us to keep moving in the right direction. We know we are up against a very solid team. We have watched some clips and they are a team who can cause problems at any time, especially up front, but I'm convinced that if we play like we did against Spain, they'll be in trouble."
Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice-president Demetrio Albertini believes the Azzurri's opening match against Spain was an important step in the development of a team committed to playing good football but warned of Thursday's opponents: "Croatia are a side to fear."
Albertini was just 17 when he made his debut for AC Milan at the dawn of a glittering career that took in three European Cup wins and five Serie A titles. Now 40, the former international midfielder occupies himself with the fortunes, and future, of Italian football, and as one of the guardians of calcio he has been pleased by the start the Azzurri have made to UEFA EURO 2012, holding Spain 1-1.
"The first thing to say about the Spain game is what a beautiful match it was – all the emotions the players gave us," Albertini told UEFA.com. "It was a great advert for football, with two teams who have such a glorious history and wonderful players, playing a very open game. There were chances for both sides and in the end it was a draw both can be satisfied with."
As someone who played in four major international tournaments, including two UEFA European Championships, Albertini is well placed to judge the ability of Prandelli's squad and so far he has been encouraged by the progress made since Italy's disappointing 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign.
"This is a side that has built something new over the last two years," he said. "It isn't easy to create a new style but in this team the best has been brought out of individuals in a system of play that has been successfully developed by the coach. Unfortunately we were only able to play three matches in the last six months so it was difficult to carry the work forward, but the coach made the best of a difficult situation."
The difficulties posed for Prandelli in the build-up to UEFA EURO 2012 included an injury to key defender Andrea Barzagli in the final warm-up game and three successive friendly defeats. Yet Prandelli addressed the situation by changing his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation to a 3-5-2 and converting midfielder Daniele De Rossi into a central defender for the opening match. It was a bold move, but one which, Albertini says, the coach was able to make because of his ability to communicate ideas to players.
"He made the players understand that it isn't a formation that determines results but the performance of the players. Daniele is a case in point. He moved back into defence, but proved what a great player he is by doing so successfully."
Quite whether De Rossi is asked to interpret the same role in Italy's next fixture, against Croatia in Poznan, remains to be seen. However, Albertini is under no illusions about the size of the task facing Prandelli's charges. "We always knew Croatia would be the crossroads in this group. Despite being third favourites in the section on paper they proved how good they were by winning 3-1 [against the Republic of Ireland]. The hardest match is always the next one you have to play and we must approach it with humility as we did the last."
Though Italy have yet to beat Croatia in five previous meetings, the FIGC vice-president is nonetheless confident the Azzurri can end their hoodoo. "Even Spain didn't have a good record against us before the last EURO [when Italy lost on penalties in the quarter-finals].
"In football, traditions can change, otherwise we wouldn't bother turning up. We want to change this record we have with Croatia. We know we have to work hard so we don't just play well but we win. Croatia are a side to fear, we always knew they would be tough opponents and they will be again."
Cesare Prandelli says "we need to go out and win the game" when his Italy side meet Croatia, but Slaven Bilić feels his men have the tools to withstand the Azzurri charge.
After an encouraging opening draw with European champions Spain, Cesare Prandelli has said Italy are now ready to go on the attack when they meet Croatia in Poznan in UEFA EURO 2012 Group C. Beset by injury problems in defence, Prandelli was forced to play midfielder Daniele De Rossi at centre-back in their first game against Spain and described the 1-1 draw as "a great result". Now, though, he wants his team to take all three points. "Tomorrow we need to go out and win the game," he said. "Against Spain, every side tries to go out and contain them."
Victory may be the goal, but Prandelli is not taking Croatia – 3-1 winners against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday – lightly. "They are very well organised and like to play high up the pitch," he said. "They are also adept at changing their formation during a game. We've followed them for a while – they're a completely different side to Spain. We have the class to win the game."
Prandelli said he had still not decided whether to make any changes, saying "I've got one idea in my mind", but is confident his team can adapt depending on how the game pans out – especially now they can utilise De Rossi's new-found flexibility. "We've tried two different systems. Daniele gives us something extra depending on how the game is going. What's important is that the boys have been very willing and open to my ideas and it's great to have those foundations to build on."
Many observers consider the game could be won and lost in the midfield battle between Andrea Pirlo and Luka Modrić. Slaven Bilić suggested both were capable of dictating how the contest developed. "If they play well, then their team plays well," the Croatia coach said.
Prandelli – who said he would use his allocation of three substitutions – is more concerned with how his team plays across the park. "This is a game where we need high concentration and to look after the small details as it could be a very even affair," the 54-year-old said. "We need to read the game well. We've got to go and dictate our game – and do so with the most determination possible."
For his part, Bilić said Croatia were enjoying a golden spell and should aim to make the most of it. "Personally, I feel lucky to coach this generation of players," he said. "This group has a great team spirit – they play all around Europe but they keep in contact and this is important for a good team." He also wants Croatia to maintain their attack-minded approach. "Italy are a team who you can't play for a draw against. We have to be solid, compact and aggressive to stop them."
The Vatreni have a superb record against Italy, having not lost in five encounters. Victory would confirm Croatia's place in the last eight with a pool game to spare, yet Bilić says past results are irrelevant. "It doesn't mean anything for this match," he added. "They play in a different way to the Italy of the past. It looks good on paper but doesn't mean a lot. We aren't thinking about that – we have to have faith in how strong we are."