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Wednesday November 16 2011
Balzaretti rues missed chances

Federico Balzaretti still can’t quite believe that Italy lost 1-0 to Uruguay on Tuesday night. “The ball just wouldn’t go in.”

The South Americans took an early lead at the Stadio Olimpico when Sebastian Fernandez struck after just three minutes.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Cavani celebrates Uruguay win

Napoli and Uruguay hitman Edinson Cavani reveals what tonight’s friendly victory in Italy meant.

“It really means a lot to us, as we came here trying to win against Italy and for our position in the FIFA ranking,” he said of the 1-0 result at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

“We also wanted to win to continue our fine form and this feels like a very important result.”

The Azzurri argued they played better on the night and had numerous scoring opportunities after Sebastian Fernandez netted the third-minute decider.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Balotelli 'angry with myself'

Mario Balotelli admits he was “angry with myself” for failing to score in Italy’s defeat to Uruguay.

“I am angry with myself, as I was unlucky and the ball didn’t want to go in the net,” he told RAI Sport after the 1-0 home loss.

“We’re going to Poland and Ukraine to win, otherwise it’s the end of the world!”

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Buffon still 'proud' of Azzurri

Gigi Buffon was disappointed he could not celebrate his 112th cap with a victory, but is “proud” of Italy’s performance.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Montolivo takes the positives

 

Riccardo Montolivo urges Italy to “take the positives” from a defeat that played into Uruguay’s hands.

“There are regrets because we played well in both halves and Uruguay did well to score early on. That allowed them to do what they wanted, which was sit behind the ball,” he said of the 1-0 result in Rome.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Prandelli: 'Undeserved defeat'

Cesare Prandelli felt it was “absolutely an unfair result” after the Azzurri were beaten by Uruguay in Rome.

“It’s absolutely an unfair result, albeit against a very strong side, but I think we played a good game,” said the Coach of the 1-0 defeat.

It was an uphill struggle from the start, as Sebastian Fernandez scored in the opening three minutes.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Uruguay end Italy's unbeaten run

Italy end 2011 with a 1-0 home defeat to Copa America holders Uruguay, as the Azzurri's unbeaten home run ends.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Balo and Osvaldo 'feel Italian'

Mario Balotelli and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo thanked Italy’s President for reminding people “we are 100 per cent Italian.”

The Manchester City striker was born to Ghanaian parents in Palermo and adopted as a baby by the Balotelli family in Brescia.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Balo is like me, says Cavani

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani feels that he and Mario Balotelli share similar characteristics on the field of play.

The two men will face off against each other tonight when the Manchester City forward will start in Italy’s international friendly against Uruguay.

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Tuesday November 15 2011
Here’s the new Italy shirt

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