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Sunday June 10 2012
Pirlo: 'Defeat did us good'

Andrea Pirlo believes Italy’s friendly defeat to Russia “did us good” to prepare them for the 1-1 draw with Spain.

“I give us seven out of ten, as it was a tough game and we did well enough. The defeat to Russia did us good, as it showed we need a lot more to play at this level,” he said of last week’s 3-0 friendly upset.

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Sunday June 10 2012
De Rossi: 'Defender to play the ball'

Daniele De Rossi explains why Cesare Prandelli picked him as a centre-back against Spain. “We wanted to play the ball.”

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Sunday June 10 2012
Prandelli: 'This is the real Italy'

Cesare Prandelli pointed out the Azzurri came out to attack Spain in their 1-1 draw. “This is the real Italy.”

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Sunday June 10 2012
Di Natale: 'Revenge for 2008'

Antonio Di Natale admits he “still remembers” the penalty he missed against Spain in Euro 2008, so this was a special goal for him.

“I am happy, as after a few minutes I scored, Andrea (Pirlo) gave me a great pass and I did well to make the most of it,” he told Rai Sport after a 1-1 draw with Spain.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Di Natale earns Spain draw

Antonio Di Natale scored with his first touch as an impressive Italy performance held Spain to a 1-1 draw in the Group C opener.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Line-ups: Spain-Italy

Italy have chosen Emanuele Giaccherini, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli in a 3-5-2 system, but Spain opt for a no-striker system by dropping Fernando Torres.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Thiago Motta's Busquets reunion

Thiago Motta is looking forward to challenging Spain’s Sergio Busquets again today. “Nobody is unbeatable and we’re convinced Italy can win.”

The Azzurri open their Euro 2012 campaign in Gdansk at 17.00 UK time today.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Prandelli: 'Italy ready for Spain'

Cesare Prandelli confirmed Emanuele Giaccherini will start against Spain today. “We will be ready and eager to prove ourselves against the best.”

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Sunday June 10 2012
Probable line-ups: Spain-Italy

There are still some doubts as to how Italy will line up against Spain today, though Daniele De Rossi is bound for a centre-back role.

The Azzurri open their Euro 2012 campaign in Gdansk at 17.00 UK time with Cesare Prandelli confirming a “versatile” 3-5-2 system.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Rossi: 'Azzurri, like in 1982...'

The “lack of credibility” around the Italy squad could prove helpful, claims 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi.

The Azzurri begin their Euro 2012 adventure at 17.00 UK time against trophy holders Spain in Gdansk.

“When Italy start out with a lack of credibility, at the end they always manage to bring out the best in themselves. I believe they can do well again this time,” said the retired striker.

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