World Cup 14
Trap: 'Italy can go all the way'
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes his fellow Italians “have the quality to go right through to the end” of Euro 2012.
Cassano: 'A new Euros for Italy'
Antonio Cassano believes the victory over Ireland and his goal mean Italy now “begin a new European Championship.”
Balzaretti: 'Italy so fired up'
Federico Balzaretti is confident Italy can progress in Euro 2012 because they are “remarkably fired up.”
Pirlo: 'One of my worst games'
Andrea Pirlo admits it was “one of my worst performances” against Ireland, but the important thing is that Italy went through.
Tardelli: 'Italy can reach Final'
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli was impressed with Italy and believes “they have everything to reach the Final.”
Bonucci: 'I silenced Balotelli!'
Leonardo Bonucci came off the bench and reveals why he stopped Mario Balotelli’s celebration. “Unfortunately, Mario is very instinctive…”
Chiellini injury 'worries' Italy
Italy’s chief medic has confirmed Giorgio Chiellini has a suspected thigh strain. “We are a little worried, yes.”
Di Natale: 'My Balotelli advice'
Antonio Di Natale thought he had scored against Ireland, but reveals the advice he gave to Mario Balotelli.
Marchisio: 'Tense and surreal'
Claudio Marchisio admits there were tense and “surreal” moments when waiting to hear the Spain result that sparked Italian celebrations.
Buffon: 'Thank you, Spain!'
Gianluigi Buffon thanked Spain for helping Italy qualify and felt it was “a sign” that Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli got the goals.
Prandelli: 'What heart, Italy!'
Cesare Prandelli says Italy can “achieve anything with this heart” after they pushed past Ireland to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Italy through to the quarters!
Antonio Cassano and a stunning Mario Balotelli overhead kick gave Italy the 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, so the Azzurri are in the quarter-finals!
As expected, Italy switch to a 4-3-1-2 with Antonio Di Natale and Antonio Cassano in attack against the Republic of Ireland.
Platini surprised by Azzurri
UEFA President Michel Platini is surprised at how Italy’s attacking intent has changed and blasted the “idiot” Croatian fans who racially abused Mario Balotelli.
Buffon: 'No alibis for Italy'
Gigi Buffon has warned Italy must accept tonight’s Euro 2012 results “without ifs, buts or alibis. The team that deserves it will go through.”
Ancelotti predicts Italy-Ireland
Carlo Ancelotti predicts the Italy-Ireland and Spain-Croatia scores and admits Ezequiel Lavezzi “should be joining us” at PSG.
Prandelli: 'Trap knows us too well'
Cesare Prandelli is confident Italy won’t let nerves get to them tonight, although Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni “knows us too well.”
FIGC: Prandelli will stay in charge
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has given Italy boss Cesare Prandelli his full backing, regardless of the Azzurri’s result tonight.
Italy to make four changes
Cesare Prandelli will make four changes to his Italy side for the game against the Republic of Ireland – as well as reverting back to a 4-3-1-2.
Guidolin expects Di Natale goals
Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin is confident that Antonio Di Natale can make an impact for Italy in tonight’s game against the Republic of Ireland.
Rossi believes in Spanish fair play
Giuseppe Rossi is convinced that Spain will have no intention of drawing with Croatia tonight in order to see Italy eliminated from Euro 2012.
Balzaretti pumped up for Italy
Federico Balzaretti can’t wait to take to the field in tonight’s crucial Euro 2012 game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.
Torres rings Spain alarm bells
Fernando Torres warns Spain they can’t play for a 2-2 draw against Croatia. “What happened to Russia must ring alarm bells.”
Bilic: 'Italy have to trust Croatia'
Slaven Bilic has assured Italy they “have to trust” Croatia not to stitch them up intentionally with Spain tomorrow.
Duff Irish captain against Italy
Damien Duff has described wearing the captain’s armband against Italy on his 100th cap for Ireland as “an awfully proud moment.”
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