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Monday June 18 2012
Bonucci: 'I silenced Balotelli!'

Leonardo Bonucci came off the bench and reveals why he stopped Mario Balotelli’s celebration. “Unfortunately, Mario is very instinctive…”

The defender was called-upon during the 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland after Giorgio Chiellini’s injury.

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Monday June 18 2012
Chiellini injury 'worries' Italy

Italy’s chief medic has confirmed Giorgio Chiellini has a suspected thigh strain. “We are a little worried, yes.”

The defender pulled up suddenly during the 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.

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Monday June 18 2012
Di Natale: 'My Balotelli advice'

Antonio Di Natale thought he had scored against Ireland, but reveals the advice he gave to Mario Balotelli.

“I thought my shot was in, but the defender did well to perform the goalline clearance. I saw that I’d hit it well and went round the goalkeeper, so that was a shame,” said the striker.

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Monday June 18 2012
Marchisio: 'Tense and surreal'

Claudio Marchisio admits there were tense and “surreal” moments when waiting to hear the Spain result that sparked Italian celebrations.

Although the Azzurri beat the Republic of Ireland 2-0, it would not have been enough to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals if Croatia had equalised against Spain.

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Monday June 18 2012
Buffon: 'Thank you, Spain!'

Gianluigi Buffon thanked Spain for helping Italy qualify and felt it was “a sign” that Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli got the goals.

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Monday June 18 2012
Prandelli: 'What heart, Italy!'

Cesare Prandelli says Italy can “achieve anything with this heart” after they pushed past Ireland to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

“Suffering, joy, everything!” he said of the 2-0 victory decided by Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.

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Monday June 18 2012
Italy through to the quarters!

Antonio Cassano and a stunning Mario Balotelli overhead kick gave Italy the 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, so the Azzurri are in the quarter-finals! The result was enough because Spain beat Croatia 1-0.

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Monday June 18 2012
Line-ups: Italy-Ireland

As expected, Italy switch to a 4-3-1-2 with Antonio Di Natale and Antonio Cassano in attack against the Republic of Ireland.

Kick-off in Poznan is at 19.45 UK time and the Azzurri must win to have any hope of going through to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

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Monday June 18 2012
Platini surprised by Azzurri

UEFA President Michel Platini is surprised at how Italy’s attacking intent has changed and blasted the “idiot” Croatian fans who racially abused Mario Balotelli.

The Azzurri risk going out of Euro 2012 this evening after twice leading Spain and Croatia, but finishing with 1-1 draws.

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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.

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