Italy 3-5-2 plan scrapped?
Daniele De Rossi’s injury could throw a spanner in the works, as Italy were leaning towards a 3-5-2 against Uruguay.
Immobile absence explained?
It’s reported Ciro Immobile was meant to come on against Costa Rica, but Cesare Prandelli was forced to switch.
De Rossi: 'Something is wrong'
Italy medical staff confirm “there is something wrong” with Daniele De Rossi, so he’s a major doubt to face Uruguay.
Forlan and Lugano target Italy
Diego Forlan and Diego Lugano claim Italy’s tactics are “perfect” for Uruguay and their forwards to take advantage.
Ibrahimovic: 'Brazil-Italy Final'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed his prediction for the 2014 World Cup. “Brazil will beat Italy in the Final.”
Muslera: 'Attack with Italy tactics'
Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera believes they will “beat Italy with their own history: defend and counter.”
Costa Rica 'inspired by Juve'
Costa Rica Coach Jorge Luis Pinto revealed “Juventus inspired” his defensive set-up against Italy.
Del Piero: 'Just like in 2006...'
Alessandro Del Piero sees similarities with Italy’s predicament at the 2006 World Cup. “Marcello Lippi gave us great advice.”
Gargano: 'Uruguay counter Italy'
Parma midfielder Walter Gargano confirmed Uruguay will “focus on the counter-attack” against Italy.
Cavani: 'Italy-Uruguay is a Final'
Edinson Cavani warned Italy “it’ll be like a Final” when facing Uruguay in the World Cup – and they have home advantage.
Maradona: 'Insigne key for Italy'
Diego Armando Maradona sees Lorenzo Insigne as the key for Italy’s World Cup showdown with Uruguay.
Ancelotti: 'Italy stronger than Uruguay'
Carlo Ancelotti trusts “Italy are stronger than Uruguay” and advised Cesare Prandelli on how to hurt them.
Lugano: 'Uruguay confident for Italy'
Uruguay captain Diego Lugano assured they are “concentrated and confident” for the showdown with Italy.
Prandelli: 'Italy were too slow'
Cesare Prandelli conceded that Italy were “too slow and took the wrong approach” in their defeat to Costa Rica.
Marchisio: 'More determined Italy'
Claudio Marchisio warned Italy “will need to be much more determined and gritty” against Uruguay.
De Rossi doubt for Uruguay
Daniele De Rossi anxiously awaits test results, as he is an injury doubt to face Uruguay on Tuesday.
Confusion on Costa Rica drug tests
FIFA explained why seven Costa Rica players had anti-doping tests after the Italy game rather than the usual two.
Pinto: 'Group of Death...'
Coach Jorge Luis Pinto said “Costa Rica were in the Group of Death, but it’s the others who are dead” after beating Italy.
Thiago Motta: 'Heat only difference'
Thiago Motta claimed “the only difference” between Italy and Costa Rica was how accustomed they were to the heat.
Injury concerns for De Rossi
There are injury concerns over Daniele De Rossi, who was seen limping after the Costa Rica game.
Cerci: 'Uruguay like a Final'
Alessio Cerci said Italy “must face Uruguay as if it were a Final” after their 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.
Bolanos: 'Now Balotelli knows us'
Christian Bolanos took a sideswipe at Mario Balotelli after Costa Rica beat Italy. “He’ll know our names now.”
Insigne: 'It could've been worse'
Lorenzo Insigne believes Italy “did well to avoid conceding another” after their 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.
Ruiz: 'Costa Rica dream come true'
Bryan Ruiz said it is “a dream come true” for tiny Costa Rica to beat Italy and Uruguay in a World Cup.
Italy qualify if...
Italy can qualify for the World Cup knockouts, and even top the group, as long as they don’t lose to Uruguay.
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