Tuesday June 5 2012
Balotelli hat-trick in training

Mario Balotelli shook off his injury to score a hat-trick in today’s first Krakow game between ranks, as Italy tested out the 3-5-2 system for Spain.

The Manchester City striker had limped off during Monday’s training session with a muscular problem, but was back in action today.

He bagged a hat-trick in the game between ranks of 10 v 10, cheered on by the fans in the Polish stands.

Sebastian Giovinco and Antonio Di Natale got two goals each, while Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Antonio Cassano, Emiliano Giaccherini and Thiago Motta were also on target.

Coach Cesare Prandelli continued to test out the 3-5-2 system with Daniele De Rossi placed at the centre of the defence with Angelo Ogbonna and Giorgio Chiellini.

It is increasingly likely this will be the starting approach against Spain in their Euro 2012 opener on Sunday afternoon.

Marchisio and Antonio Nocerino supported Pirlo in midfield, while Christian Maggio was rested due to a slight muscular problem.