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Friday October 7 2011
Line-ups: Cassano-Rossi in Serbia

Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi lead the way with Giorgio Chiellini at left-back as Italy face Serbia tonight.

The Azzurri have already qualified for Euro 2012 by winning the group, but still have two games left to play, welcoming Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

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Friday October 7 2011
Prandelli: 'We needed second goal'

Cesare Prandelli criticised Italy for not pushing hard enough for the second goal in their Serbia draw.

“It wasn't easy and we tried to always play football, sometimes over-doing it, but the lads were very smart and concentrated,” the Coach told RAI after their 1-1 result in Belgrade.

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Friday October 7 2011
Doubting Dan

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo's Italy inclusion has raised eyebrows. Rob Paton reflects on a career that has many asking just how good the striker really is.

When Pablo Daniel Osvaldo left the Italian peninsula in January 2010, few would have expected to see him back in the county's top flight inside 18 months, or as a €17.5m-rated striker. Even fewer would have foreseen Wednesday's call-up to an Italian national team coached by Cesare Prandelli.

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Friday October 7 2011
Pirlo 'proud' of Azzurri performance

Andrea Pirlo was “proud” of Italy's showing in Serbia and his Juventus teammate Claudio Marchisio's debut goal.

“We had to put in a great performance in a difficult arena against a side that had to win at all costs, so we're proud to have imposed our football on the match,” he said after the 1-1 draw in Belgrade.

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Friday October 7 2011
Maggio: 'It's a good point'

Christian Maggio admits Italy were ultimately content with the point in Belgrade that maintains their unbeaten record.

“We knew it was tough and tried to keep hold of the result, as Serbia began piling on the pressure, as was entirely expected. It's a good point,” he said of the 1-1 draw.

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Friday October 7 2011
Marchisio's double celebration

Claudio Marchisio celebrated his first ever senior Italy goal and reassured Juventus fans over his injury.

“I'm alright, it's a little sprain, but hasn't even swollen up,” said the midfielder after limping off with a left ankle problem during the 1-1 draw in Serbia.

He netted within the opening 56 seconds, following on from last week's brace against Milan in Serie A.

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Thursday October 6 2011
De Rossi expects important test

The seemingly meaningless Euro 2012 qualifier against Serbia will be of some value to Italy, says Daniele De Rossi.

The two teams meet in Belgrade on Friday with the Azzurri already assured of top spot and qualification for the European Championship.

Nevertheless, the Roma midfielder believes the game will serve them well ahead of the Finals in Poland and the Ukraine.

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Thursday October 6 2011
Stankovic confident of Serbia win

Dejan Stankovic believes Serbia can secure a place in the European Championship qualifying round with a win against Italy on Friday night.

The captain was speaking ahead of the match in Belgrade that the Serbians go into knowing that three points will secure second place in the group.

They can also guarantee a place in the play-off round if they draw and Estonia fail to beat Northern Ireland.

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Thursday October 6 2011
Ranocchia: 'We hope to win Euros'

Andrea Ranocchia believes Italy are on the right track to have a great European Championship campaign next summer.

The Italians have already qualified for next summer's tournament to be jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, having conceded just one goal on the way.

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Thursday October 6 2011
Italy: Cassano and Marchisio to start

Cesare Prandelli has confirmed Antonio Cassano and Claudio Marchisio are amongst those who will start against Serbia on Friday night.

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