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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…
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
Italy Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete believes Mario Balotelli will bounce back from his disappointing performance against Spain. Balotelli was picked to start against for the Azzurri's Euro 2012 opener on Sunday, but the Manchester City striker failed to make an impact during the 1-1 draw. The striker was substituted just before the hour mark after dallying on the ball when one-on-one with La Roja goalkeeper Iker Casillas, allowing Sergio Ramos to recover. To make matters worse, his replacement, Antonio Di Natale, broke the deadlock just minutes after coming on.…
  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…
Italy striker Antonio Di Natale has hailed his goal against Spain in their Euro 2012 opener on Sunday as his best ever international goal. The Udinese man came off the bench to fire Italy in front after 60 minutes, but a Cesc Fabregas equalizer four minutes later ensured the game finished 1-1. Di Natale is pleased that he managed to hit the back of the net against the competition’s defending champions in Spain. "I am very happy I scored immediately, on the first ball I had.” Di Natale told Rai…
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…
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…
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…
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
Cesare Prandelli believes Italy are hindered by the fact they take the game too seriously, arguing that they need to be more "joyful" in their approach, like Spain. The Azzurri kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against the reigning world and European champions in Gdansk on Sunday evening and the former Fiorentina coach thinks his troops could learn a thing or two from Vicente Del Bosque's side. "We still take it all too seriously on the pitch," Prandelli told reporters at his pre-game press conference. "The Spanish are more joyful;…
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