Monday June 18 2012
Buffon: 'No alibis for Italy'

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.”

The Azzurri must beat the Republic of Ireland and hope Spain-Croatia doesn’t end 2-2 in order to reach the quarter-finals.

“If destiny wants it, then we will be rewarded, otherwise the team that deserves it will go through,” wrote the goalkeeper on his Facebook page.

“That’s the truth, without ifs, buts or alibis. The only ingredients I know to win a game are head, heart, courage and legs.

“When needed, I’ll try to add hands... The fans in the stadium can add their voices to the passion and trepidation of those gathering together with friends to watch on television.

“What happy memories I have and what emotions, anger and joy at watching the Azzurri.”