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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 05:46

Italy Against Croatia in History

Italy played 6 official games against Spain that first one was a 4-0 lost on 05/04/1942 and last one was a 0-2 lost on 16/08/2006.

Italy record 1 win, 2 draws and 3 loses versus Croatia.

05/04/1942 Genoa Italy 4:0 (0:0) Croatia
16/11/1994 Palermo Italy 1:2 (0:1) Croatia
08/10/1995 Split Croatia 1:1 (0:1) Italy
28/04/1999 Zagreb Croatia 0:0 Italy
08/06/2002 Ibaraki Italy 1:2 (0:0) Croatia
16/08/2006 Livorno Italy 0:2 (0:2) Croatia
14/06/2012 Poznan Italy - Croatia
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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes that his side are in a must-win situation going into Thursday's Euro 2012 contest against Croatia.

The Azzurri kicked off their campaign with an impressive 1-1 draw against defending champions Spain, and will now lock horns with Slaven Bilic's men, who defeated Republic of Ireland 3-1 to jump to the top of Group C.

"We have not solved our problems, we only fielded a team which could fight for every ball," Prandelli told reporters at a press conference.

"This will be a match decided by details, but also by the mentality and physical condition of the players.

"We have two days to prepare for this match, which I believe will be the decisive game of the group.

"My plan is not to make many changes but to continue with the same plan, but first I will need to have a full report on the physical condition of every player."

Prandelli then played down the criticism targeted at Mario Balotelli, who cut a frustrated figure against Spain before being replaced by Antonio Di Natale.

"Balotelli is a 21-year-old boy who is on the road to find maturity," the Italian coach explained. "What I ask from him is to play simple, he must not try to win us the match every time he has the ball.

"In some moments, he played simple, but in others he worried too much about finding his position."

Questioned about who will lead the attack against Croatia, Prandelli said: "Right now, I do not know.

"First, we must decide how we will take on Croatia. They are a great side. When we decide this, then I will decide which striker will start."


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Andrea Pirlo has rated Italy's performance in the 1-1 draw with Spain at Euro 2012 as a "seven" out of 10.
The Azzurri went ahead thanks to Antonio Di Natale's strike on the hour mark, fresh off the substitutes' bench, but shortly after, 'false No.9' Cesc Fabregas equalised to salvage La Roja a point in Gdansk.

Speaking after the encounter, the Juventus playmaker did not expect Spain to take to the pitch without one of Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente or Alvaro Negredo in attack, but took the positives out of their display.

"I was surprised by Spain. They didn't have a striker, but sometimes they play like this," Pirlo said after the match to Rai Sport.

"We played well. I would give us a seven [out of 10]. This match can give us a lot of confidence for our next games."

Pirlo then defended striking duo Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli, declaring: "They played well. One was trying to find space, the other one proved his talent."

The draw means Italy kick their European campaign off with a point, along with Spain.

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Cesare Prandelli has declared his happiness with Italy's performance in the 1-1 draw with Spain on Sunday, but was left to rue their opponents' equaliser.

La Nazionale boss made an inspired substitution in replacing Mario Balotelli with Antonio Di Natale early in the second half, as the Udinese forward put the Azzurri level, but Cesc Fabregas earned a point for the Spaniards moments later.

After the match, Prandelli was understandably happy at his side's attempt to take the game to La Roja, having showed solidity at the back and a will to attack throughout, but not so much with the Barcelona star's response.

"The result was a fair one. Our intention was to play the game, not just contain our opponents," Prandelli told Rai Uno.

"The draw? There is regret at seeing our lead slip. In a few days, we have changed our attitude both physically and mentally. We played as a team and well."

Prandelli was then asked for his opinion on the showings of Antonio Cassano and Balotelli, both of whom were subsituted after the break, adding: "They played well too, they didn't score but they helped the team; that was what i asked of them."

Italy and Spain find themselves with a point apiece in Group C.


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Sunday, 10 June 2012 22:36

Italy 1-1 Spain, Fabregas Saves Spain

Italy and Spain have begun their respective Euro 2012 campaigns with an absorbing 1-1 draw on Sunday to kick off the action in Group C.

Antonio Di Natale drew first blood for the Azzurri on 60 minutes, coming straight off the substitutes' bench to put his side ahead, but only four minutes later, Cesc Fabregas ensured their opening day ended with a share of the spoils in Gdansk.

The headline news that preceded the match was the inclusion of Cesc Fabregas as the man who would be bestowed with leading the line for the Spaniards in a 'false No.9' role, ahead of recognised strikers Fernando Torres and Fernando Llorente.

Meanwhile, coach Cesare Prandelli went with a 3-5-2 formation, with Daniele De Rossi lining up in defence. Emanuele Giaccherini was also given his maiden bow for the Azzurri at left wing-back, and he did no harm to his case for a starting role in the future.

Predictably, inside the first 10 minutes, Spain set out their stall, as Italy were put on the back foot. La Roja threatened to impose their tiqui-taca style in the early stages, but la Nazionale's wall at the back refused to be beaten, lead by Daniele De Rossi.

Soon after, the first chance of the game fell to David Silva, as the Roma man's mistimed tackle saw the ball fall to Andres Iniesta, who then laid a pass off for the diminutive Manchester City star. However, his attempt was easily saved by Gianluigi Buffon.

However, the move provided the impetus for Italy to hit back on 13 minutes with an Andrea Pirlo free-kick. Mario Balotelli's feint allowed the Juventus playmaker to step up and curl an attempt to the right of Iker Casillas, but the goalkeeper parried away.

From there on, Italy gained momentum. Antonio Cassano was next up, collecting Claudio Marchisio's through ball, but his shot in the box went just wide of the far post with Casillas beaten. Then, the midfielder fired a powerful volley at goal, which was ultimately saved.

Spain seemed to have suddenly lost their cutting edge, but with Iniesta on the ball, they could never be discounted. Italy continued to look more purposeful in their play, but La Roja came steaming back through the Barcelona man, who saw his lobbed effort go just over.

But Italy soon rued their luck as Christian Maggio ventured on another lung-bursting foray down the right, before crossing the ball on the head of an incoming Thiago Motta, but the Brazil-born midfielder's header was crucially stopped by Casllas.

No changes were witnessed during the break, but Spain came quick out of the blocks. Within moments of the restart Xavi smashed a powerful effort from the edge of the box, but Buffon was again equal, this time diving to his right to beat the ball away.

Iniesta was quick to fire yet another attempt at the Juventus No.1 from distance, before a moment of madness saw Balotelli through on goal with the box gaping, but he wanted far too much time on the ball and was eventually dispossessed by Sergio Ramos.

Prandelli subsequently hauled the temperamental forward off for Antonio Di Natale, who in a matter of minutes superbly latched onto Pirlo's floated through pass and curled an emphatic finish past Casillas on the hour mark.

However, just four minutes later, Spain took advantage of some uncertain defensive play by the Azzurri, as neat link-up play between Iniesta and Silva saw Fabregas not picked up by Giaccherini, as he ghosted into the box to coolly restore parity.

With only 20 minutes remaining yet more opportunities were fluffed. Substitute Fernando Torres capitalised on a failed offside trap, but his one-on-one with Buffon ended with the grateful goalkeeper putting a foot in to win the ball back.

Moments later, Sebastian Giovinco scooped up a delightful pass into the path of Di Natale, who peeled away from Gerard Pique in the danger area, but he could not connect with the ball as he would have liked, seeing his effort loop just wide of the target.

Torres then was gifted with another opportunity to prove his critics wrong right at the end, but he hesitated in another one-on-one with Buffon, seeing his chip over the goalkeeper go harmlessly over to keep both sides tied after the first game of the tournament.


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Sunday, 10 June 2012 18:39

Italy - Spain Confirmed Lineups

Spain (4-3-3): Casillas; Arbeloa, Piqué, Ramos, Alba; Alonso, Busquets, Xavi; Iniesta, Silva, Fábregas

Italy (3-5-2): Buffon; Bonucci, De Rossi, Chiellini; Maggio, Thiago Motta, Pirlo, Marchisio, Giaccherini; Cassano, Balotelli

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has insisted that no team is invincible ahead of his side's Euro 2012 opener against Spain.

The Azzurri face the reigning European champions on Sunday in a game which may end up determining the eventual winners of Group C.

The 54-year-old has praised his players' character, among other qualities, while insisting La Roja are beatable.

"Spain are very strong but we have beaten them and no team is invincible," he told reporters. "I have a team with character, quality and willingness."

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has spoken of his intent to be on his best behaviour for Italy throughout the tournament.

And Prandelli assured fans that he has told the 21-year-old to express himself on the field in the form of good performances, insisting he would be foolish to throw away his chance of success.

"I have asked Balotelli to do his talking on the pitch," he said.

"He has an extraordinary opportunity and cannot afford to throw it away."

The Italian boss may have to name a makeshift back four for the clash in Gdansk with Andrea Barzagli out with a calf injury. Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi therefore may be deployed in defence.


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Veteran Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has admitted that Group C rivals Spain are the most talented team at Euro 2012, while pointing out that when it comes to one-off tournaments, the best side does not always triumph.

The 34-year-old shot stopper will kick off his eighth major tournament for the Azzurri in Sunday's group opener with Spain, having previously made the final squad for four World Cups and three European Championships since making his international debut in 1997.

Speaking at a press conference the day before taking on la Roja, the Juventus man was in no doubt when it came to recognising who would be the strongest side in Poland and Ukraine.

"We respect Spain. The best team almost always win in football, and that is them. But it does not always happen like that," he explained.

"Sometimes others win. Greece did it in 2004 over superior teams. Denmark managed it as well. That gives us some hope."

Buffon was part of the Italy squad that lifted the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and has appeared 114 times for his country.


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Former Italy goalkeeper Dino Zoff has stated that his nation are one of the favourites to win Euro 2012.
The Azzurri have had a troubled build-up to the competition in Ukraine and Poland, with a betting scandal once more bringing controversy to the game in the country.

Despite this and a 3-0 defeat to Russia in their final friendly before the competition started, the 70-year-old feels Cesare Prandelli’s men can spring a surprise or two.
“Italy are much more than outsiders, as I’d put them among the top four favourites,” he told Radio Mana Mana.
“Everyone seems to think Spain or Germany are the favourites, but I say we’re in there too.
“The Azzurri have a balanced group, but they can get through to the next round.”
Much has been made of Italy’s tactics, with the side expected to change to a 3-5-2 formation against Spain in their opener on Sunday; Zoff is in favour of this.
“I am not surprised by the change in tactics, as a good coach must be versatile and know how to adapt for the occasion based on the players he has.
“Compared to 2006 the squad is much less mature, as there are players like Mario Balotelli, Emanuele Giaccherini and others who are on their first really big European stage.
“It is certainly an advantage not to be at peak physical fitness right now, because it means we can only improve.
“Those who play in the Premier League could suffer fatigue more than the others. As for our pre-tournament friendlies, they are never played with the right determination and therefore are not reliable indicators,” he concluded.


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Saturday, 09 June 2012 08:47


Krakow, June 8, 2012 - First group. Word of Federico Balzaretti, who puts the team's interest to the personal ambitions: "I would sign to win the European championship without playing a single minute, we're here to get the most." Two days after onset with Spain, many see a possible run-off with Giaccherini for a jersey holder: "I and Emmanuel - said in the press room - we do not have similar characteristics, he is more offensive, more defensive than I, but we both running and ability to spread. I repeat, does not matter who you play, we are a group and it's good and right that everyone is a fan of the other ".

Meanwhile we approach the first challenging comparison with Spain: "We are not afraid, even though we face the team probably best equipped, the great favorite. They are champions of Europe and the world, the strongest, but we are preparing for the game very well taking care of every detail. We'll be ready. "Palermo defender thinks positive:" In friendly we beat them and do not see why I should sign up for a draw. We are focused on what we do, we try to limit it to the max. We are already studying for days, the we will again. I think it's very important to understand what will happen during the game, and not only on the dead-ball ".

"We must carry forward the ideas of the mystery that in these two years has always given his stamp of play to the team. Beyond the tactical aspects - Balzaretti said - that National has undeniable talent. I think Buffon, Chiellini, De Rossi, Pirlo, Balotelli, Cassano, Di Natale, all players of great level. We have a solid group that focuses on the game and pressing. The team is fine, it also shows them in training, the training games that do leave us feel good. We start very confident and loads for this European adventure. " One thinks also of the latest developments on football betting and the exclusion of Domenico Criscito: "Definitely not been easy for two weeks the world of football. The FIGC and coach have spoken with Mimmo (Crespo, ed), it is difficult for me going into the merits and I think it right that he should speak directly affected. We have demonstrated to Mimmo, and we continue to do so, all our sympathy. We consider one of us and we hope to be out of everything, we shall always be near us. "

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