Azzurri ratings: Italy 0-1 Uruguay
Italy crashed out of the World Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but who takes the blame and which players kept their pride?
Buffon: 'A failure for Italy'
Gigi Buffon said this was “a very sad day for Italy as a nation. It’s a day of failure, there’s no point denying it.”
Chiellini: 'FIFA protect Suarez'
Giorgio Chiellini thinks FIFA won’t punish Luis Suarez for biting him, “as they need their stars to play in the World Cup.”
Prandelli: 'Ref ruined the game'
Cesare Prandelli said the referee “ruined the game,” criticised Mario Balotelli and confessed his Italy future is in doubt.
Furious 10-man Italy crash out
Uruguay knocked Italy out of the World Cup with controversy, as Claudio Marchisio was harshly sent off and Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini.
Costa Rica and England draw
Costa Rica topped Group D with a goalless draw, as England went out with a point to their name.
Klose: 'Lazio the right decision'
Miroslav Klose’s agent said it was “the right decision” to remain at Lazio after setting a World Cup record.
Buffon: 'Unite for Italy!'
Gigi Buffon sent a message to fans ahead of Italy’s crunch World Cup match with Uruguay. “Leave divisions aside.”
Line-ups: Italy – Uruguay
As expected, Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile start up front for Italy against Uruguay in what should be a 3-5-2- formation.
Line-ups: England – Costa Rica
England have made nine changes to their team that faced Uruguay for their final World Cup match against Costa Rica.
Mertens makes Reina plea
Napoli’s Dries Mertens has pleaded with Pepe Reina to sign permanently for the Partenopei.
‘Uruguay more than just Suarez’
Uruguay defender Diego Godin says it would be disrespectful to say his team are over-reliant on Luis Suarez.
Prandelli: We’ll fight for every ball
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli promises his team will fight for every ball and put up a battle against Uruguay this afternoon.
Agent: Maggio staying at Napoli
Christian Maggio’s agent says his client will be remaining at Napoli, despite rumours he may move elsewhere.
Mourinho calls for pragmatic Italy
Jose Mourinho believes Italy should take a pragmatic approach against Uruguay in today’s do or die World Cup clash.
Lotito wants to take Lazio to top
Lazio President Claudio Lotito says he is committed to taking the club back to the top and wants fans to help him achieve it.
Lafferty sorry to leave Palermo
Kyle Lafferty is sorry to be leaving Palermo after the Sicilian club agreed to sell him to Norwich City.
Pinilla ‘to leave Serie A’
Cagliari forward Mauricio Pinilla has confirmed he will be leaving Sardinia in order to move to a club outside Italy.
Report: Arsenal want Sanchez
It is reported that Arsenal are willing to rival Liverpool and Juventus for the signing of Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez.
Cabrini calls for positivity
Former Italy World Cup winner Antonio Cabrini has called for the Azzurri to show positivity against Uruguay today.
Juve confirm Indonesia date
Juventus have confirmed that they will open their summer preseason tour with a match in Indonesia against a select XI.
Pozzo: Muriel must prove himself
Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo urges Luis Muriel to prove himself next season, and confirms some home games may be played away.
Shot Napoli fan’s condition worsens
The Napoli fan shot before the club’s Coppa Italia Final victory over Fiorentina has reportedly seen his condition take a turn for the worse.
PSG back in for Abate
Paris Saint-Germain are seen as once more interested in Milan’s Ignazio Abate and are awaiting a response from the Rossoneri.
Silva maintains Milan hope
Thiago Silva has conceded that he ‘misses Milan so much’ and that he hopes one day to work with the club again.
Pazzini: Seedorf? There were problems
Giampaolo Pazzini admits Clarence Seedorf had ‘problems with various people’ at Milan, but is motivated to be working with Pippo Inzaghi.
‘Italy’s intensity most important’
Roberto Mussi admits that Italy changing formation ‘is not a good sign’, and advises the Azzurri’s focus against Uruguay should be on intensity.
‘Facing Italy a gift from heaven’
Oscar Tabarez is motivated to face Italy this afternoon but warns that he and his Uruguay: “know what we have to do and how to do it.”
Mrs Immobile: Ciro is ready
Jessica Immobile says her husband Ciro is ready to face Uruguay and eager to show what he can do for Italy.
Maldini doubts Italy approach
Cesare Maldini casts doubt on Cesare Prandelli’s tactics for Uruguay: “I do not believe a three-man defence could stop Suarez and Cavani.”
Abete out if Italy fail?
Speculation is that Giancarlo Abete’s future as Italian Football Federation President depends on Italy’s World Cup progress.
Fiorentina make Eto’o offer, but…
Fiorentina are apparently interested in Samuel Eto’o and are believed by the Gazzetta dello Sport to have already made an initial offer.
Italy 3-5-2 against Suarez, Cavani
Cesare Prandelli is expected to field Italy in a 3-5-2 against Uruguay today, but there are slight variations on who may partner Mario Balotelli.
Lazio, Cagliari talk Astori
Claudio Lotito and Tommaso Giulini have reportedly discussed Lazio’s interest in Cagliari defender Davide Astori.
What the papers say...
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