World Cup 14
Italy suspicion 'insults' Croatia
Croatia’s Coach Slaven Bilic and players insist it is an “insult” to think they’ll draw with Spain to knock Italy out, while mocking the betting scandal too.
Trap: 'I won't do Italy any favours'
Giovanni Trapattoni warns he will not make too many changes for the Republic of Ireland’s last game, as otherwise “people will say I’m favouring Italy.”
How will Italy approach Ireland?
Cesare Prandelli confirmed he’ll consider three or four changes against Ireland, so the Italian media consider the options.
UEFA investigate ‘banana throwing’
UEFA are set to investigate a report that a banana was thrown on to the pitch during Italy’s draw with Croatia in Poznan this Thursday.
FIGC trust Del Bosque and Spain
Italian Football Federation President Giancarlo Abete has dismissed fears of Spain and Croatia doing a deal to eliminate Italy from Euro 2012.
Casiraghi believes in qualification
Former Italian Under-21 boss Gigi Casiraghi is confident that the Azzurri can qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
Italy to change players – not shape
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he could make up to four changes to the team that will face the Republic of Ireland – but Daniele De Rossi will remain in a three-man defence.
Buffon: An Italy win will do!
Italy captain Gigi Buffon is confident Spain won’t be looking for a 2-2 draw against Croatia which could eliminate the Azzurri from Euro 2012.
Spain have no plans to draw
Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque says drawing 2-2 with Croatia on Monday in order to eliminate Italy is not in their plans.
Bonucci defends Chiellini mistake
Leonardo Bonucci has refused to blame Italy teammate Giorgio Chiellini for Croatia’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
One mistake cost Italy, says Montolivo
Italy made just one error in the game against Croatia and they paid the price for it, says Riccardo Montolivo.
Boban: Why take off Balotelli?
Zvonimir Boban believes that Cesare Prandelli made a mistake in taking Mario Balotelli off in the 1-1 draw between Italy and Croatia.
Zoff rues wasted Italy chances
Italian legend Dino Zoff thinks the Azzurri did enough in the first 45 minutes of their 1-1 draw with Croatia to win the game.
Euro 2012: Italy qualify if...
It all goes down to the final matches in Group C, as Italy have to beat Ireland and hope for goal difference to go their way in Spain-Croatia.
Bilic: 'Ref favoured Italy'
Slaven Bilic reveals the tactical adjustments that enabled Croatia to be “dominant” in the second half against Italy and claimed the referee “favoured” the Azzurri.
Prandelli stands by system
Cesare Prandelli insists Italy may change a few players against Ireland, “but certainly not the system,” as qualification hangs in the balance.
Italy player ratings v Croatia
The Croatian curse came back to bite Italy and left them facing an anxious Group C finale. Scott Fleming evaluates the Azzurri performances after missed chances and mistimed leaps in Poznan...
Corluka: 'Croatia could've won'
Croatia “deserved this goal and were close to winning,” said Vedran Corluka after a 1-1 draw with Italy.
Albertini: 'No Italy despair'
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini feels Italy “went too deep in the second half” against Croatia, but “there is no despair.”
Buffon: 'Italy not clinical enough'
Gianluigi Buffon insists Italy “play good football and just need to be more clinical when the scoring opportunities arise.”
Motta doubts Spain-Croatia 'deal'
Thiago Motta doubts Spain and Croatia will make “an agreement” to knock Italy out of Euro 2012.
Chiellini takes the blame
Giorgio Chiellini admits he “got my positioning wrong” when Italy conceded the Croatian equaliser.
Pirlo rues wasted chances
Andrea Pirlo concedes Italy wasted the opportunities to defeat Croatia, as his majestic free kick was not enough.
Italy anthem protest to UEFA
Italy have announced they will lodge an official complaint to UEFA after their national anthem was jeered against Spain and Croatia.
Prandelli: 'Wasted opportunities'
Cesare Prandelli admits Italy wasted too many scoring opportunities against Croatia, but “we can still believe in qualification, absolutely.”
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