NEWS

Problems are growing in Natal ahead of Italy-Uruguay with a sinkhole and now a flooded media centre.
Italy legend Franco Baresi trusts the Azzurri will qualify in the World Cup. “We give our best under pressure.”
Belgium manager Marc Wilmots was able to declare ‘Mission Accomplished’ after a “very tactical” match against Russia.
Fabio Capello was frustrated after Russia’s late defeat to Belgium. “We played better, but they scored.”
Belgium left it very late once again, snatching a 1-0 victory over Fabio Capello’s Russia with Divock Origi that puts them in the Last 16.
It’s a must-win game for both South Korea and Algeria, who were left with regrets from the first outings.
There are concerns around Italy’s World Cup game with Uruguay, as a sinkhole opened up near the stadium in Natal.
Italy tested a 3-5-2 system today with Ciro Immobile partnering Mario Balotelli for the clash with Uruguay.
Lazio midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez tells Uruguay they “will need a better performance than against England” to beat Italy.
Roma are reportedly flying out to conclude a transfer for Turkish starlet Salih Ucan.
The Italy captain had feared missing the entire World Cup, admits Gigi Buffon. “I never dreamed I’d recover so quickly.”
Gianluigi Buffon is pleased with a possible switch to a three-man defence against Uruguay. “We are chameleons.”
Gigi Buffon said Italy are “worried to the right degree” against Uruguay and raise their game in difficulty, but “elimination would be a failure.”
Dark Horses Belgium take on Fabio Capello’s error-prone Russia after both sides struggled in their opening games.
Milan joint-CEO Barbara Berlusconi warned “Mario Balotelli is not irreplaceable,” Kaka could leave and Juan Iturbe talks.
Italy welcomed almost 4,000 fans to their training session yesterday, but today it was all locked down.
Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez has been assigned to Italy’s make or break match with Uruguay.
Lazio’s Senad Lulic hopes “this experience will prove useful” after Bosnia were eliminated from the World Cup.
Napoli had already been in talks for Andre Ayew and their interest only increased after World Cup goals for Ghana.
France Coach Didier Deschamps assures he “did not punish” Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Genoa “will complete the transfers next week” for Diego Perotti and Gonzalo Bueno, confirmed President Enrico Preziosi.
Martin Caceres said he’ll give away “useful information” on his Juventus teammates for Italy-Uruguay.
Palermo are reportedly in talks with Bologna for Greece international Panagiotis Kone.
World Cup winner Ciccio Graziani believes Cesare Prandelli is “making far too many mistakes.”
Manchester United have been linked with an offer for Milan and Holland midfielder Nigel De Jong.
Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi celebrated both his team’s victory and Ghana's draw. “Everybody is happy in West Africa.”
Bosnia are out of the World Cup, but Coach Safet Susic took a philosophical approach to refereeing errors.
There are increasing calls for Italy to adopt a 3-5-2 formation against Uruguay with Ciro Immobile coming in.
Miroslav Klose is hoping to set a new World Cup record “in the next game” after matching Ronaldo’s total.
Croatia international Ivan Perisic is “in regular contact with Napoli,” confirmed the Wolfsburg man’s agent.
Zdenek Zeman criticised Italy’s approach against Costa Rica and warned “you need to move more than your opponents.”
Russia Coach Fabio Capello feels Italy prove “the high level of this World Cup,” but got into a row with a journalist.
There are reports Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will meet with Mario Balotelli’s agent, but Napoli are also interested.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Nigeria knocked Bosnia out of the World Cup with a 1-0 win, but Edin Dzeko had a goal incorrectly disallowed.

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