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Monday July 2 2012
Rossi and Criscito praise Italy

Giuseppe Rossi and Domenico Criscito have applauded their Italian international teammates despite the 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final.

Villarreal striker Rossi missed the competition after again rupturing knee ligaments in April, while the Zenit St Petersburg defender was omitted after he was named in the betting match fixing investigation.

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Monday July 2 2012
Italy boss Prandelli will fight on

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli intends to remain on the Azzurri bench to mastermind their World Cup 2014 bid – after last night’s 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final.

La Nazionale crumbled in Kiev as the reigning European and world champions collected a comfortable victory.

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Sunday July 1 2012
Del Bosque: 'Italy were unlucky'

Vicente Del Bosque made history with Spain this evening, but reassured Italy “they had a great tournament and no luck tonight.”

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Sunday July 1 2012
De Rossi: 'Spain on another level'

Daniele De Rossi admits Spain are “a step above the rest and we didn’t have the energy to chase them down.”

Italy were beaten 4-0 in the Euro 2012 Final, though played the last 30 minutes with 10 men after Thiago Motta’s injury.

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Sunday July 1 2012
Italy v Spain Player Ratings

Thanks for making them angry, 'Spain are boring' lobbyists! Rating the Azzurri after injuries, fatigue and a history-making Spain side made it a grim end to a glorious campaign in Kiev.

Italy player ratings v Spain

Gigi Buffon: 6

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Sunday July 1 2012
The Real Spain

Italy’s wonderful journey came to a grinding halt, as David Swan points out the real Spain finally turned up.

It is a shame that Italy’s magnificent Euro 2012 tournament had to end in this way. They faced the real Spain in the Final, not the version that had been present in their five previous games.

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Sunday July 1 2012
Barzagli: 'A good tournament'

Andrea Barzagli admits this Final defeat to Spain was “not pleasant,” but urged Italy to see the bigger picture.

“There is disappointment, but it doesn’t wipe out the good work we did in the tournament. Losing a Final 4-0 is certainly not pleasant,” said the defender.

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Sunday July 1 2012
Montolivo: 'Regret and frustration'

Riccardo Montolivo felt “regret and frustration” after Italy’s 4-0 Final defeat to Spain.

“Losing a European Final 4-0, you can’t be happy. There are great regrets and frustration that we got to the end of the game and didn’t play it all the way,” said the midfielder.

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Sunday July 1 2012
Albertini: 'No time to recover'

FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini has criticised the lack of preparation time for the Final and clubs for not supporting Italy.

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Sunday July 1 2012
Abete: 'Prandelli's work continues'

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete insists Cesare Prandelli will continue his work after “bringing Italy back to the prestigious places in European football.”

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