AZZURRI

Italy are in a position to become European Champions for the second time in their history, says Marcello Lippi.
Cesare Prandelli celebrated Italy's progression to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals in unusual fashion – with a 20km trek to a monastery in the middle of the night!
England will face Italy in the quarter-finals after defeating Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, but have the match officials to thank for a missed goal.
Italy will have to make do without Giorgio Chiellini for their Euro 2012 quarter-final, after the defender’s thigh strain was confirmed.
Fabio Capello has again ruled out the possibility of ever becoming Italy Coach, before musing on the Azzurri’s possible Euro 2012 quarter-final opponents.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has reassured Mario Balotelli that he has faith in the young striker. “Nobody wants to do him any harm.”
Claudio Marchisio has declared that Italy are not afraid of their quarter-final opponent after progressing through the group stages of Euro 2012 last night.
That's how the cookie crumbles...after all the 'biscotto' controversy bad boys Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli sent the Azzurri to the quarters. But were there any eejits against the Irish in Poznan?
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes his fellow Italians “have the quality to go right through to the end” of Euro 2012.
Antonio Cassano believes the victory over Ireland and his goal mean Italy now “begin a new European Championship.”
Federico Balzaretti is confident Italy can progress in Euro 2012 because they are “remarkably fired up.”
Andrea Pirlo admits it was “one of my worst performances” against Ireland, but the important thing is that Italy went through.
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli was impressed with Italy and believes “they have everything to reach the Final.”
Leonardo Bonucci came off the bench and reveals why he stopped Mario Balotelli’s celebration. “Unfortunately, Mario is very instinctive…”
Italy’s chief medic has confirmed Giorgio Chiellini has a suspected thigh strain. “We are a little worried, yes.”
Antonio Di Natale thought he had scored against Ireland, but reveals the advice he gave to Mario Balotelli.
Claudio Marchisio admits there were tense and “surreal” moments when waiting to hear the Spain result that sparked Italian celebrations.
Gianluigi Buffon thanked Spain for helping Italy qualify and felt it was “a sign” that Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli got the goals.
Cesare Prandelli says Italy can “achieve anything with this heart” after they pushed past Ireland to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
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.
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.
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.”
Carlo Ancelotti predicts the Italy-Ireland and Spain-Croatia scores and admits Ezequiel Lavezzi “should be joining us” at PSG.
Cesare Prandelli is confident Italy won’t let nerves get to them tonight, although Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni “knows us too well.”