NEWS
Monday June 18 2012
Ancelotti predicts Italy-Ireland

Carlo Ancelotti predicts the Italy-Ireland and Spain-Croatia scores and admits Ezequiel Lavezzi “should be joining us” at PSG.

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NEWS
Monday June 18 2012
Prandelli: 'Trap knows us too well'

Cesare Prandelli is confident Italy won’t let nerves get to them tonight, although Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni “knows us too well.”

The Azzurri must beat the Republic of Ireland this evening and hope Spain-Croatia doesn’t end 2-2 if they are to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

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NEWS
Monday June 18 2012
FIGC: Prandelli will stay in charge

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has given Italy boss Cesare Prandelli his full backing, regardless of the Azzurri’s result tonight.

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NEWS
Monday June 18 2012
Italy to make four changes

Cesare Prandelli will make four changes to his Italy side for the game against the Republic of Ireland – as well as reverting back to a 4-3-1-2.

The Azzurri had used an unchanged 3-5-2 in their 1-1 draws with Spain and Croatia, but they will go back to the shape they developed during qualification tonight.

Gianluigi Buffon will start in goal behind a defence which will include three new faces for the tournament.

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NEWS
Monday June 18 2012
Guidolin expects Di Natale goals

Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin is confident that Antonio Di Natale can make an impact for Italy in tonight’s game against the Republic of Ireland.

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NEWS
Monday June 18 2012
Rossi believes in Spanish fair play

Giuseppe Rossi is convinced that Spain will have no intention of drawing with Croatia tonight in order to see Italy eliminated from Euro 2012.

The Azzurri must beat the Republic of Ireland on Monday to have any hopes of progressing to the last eight, but a 2-2 draw in the other Group C game would bring their tournament to an end.

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NEWS
Monday June 18 2012
Balzaretti pumped up for Italy

Federico Balzaretti can’t wait to take to the field in tonight’s crucial Euro 2012 game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

The Azzurri need a victory against Giovanni Trapattoni’s men and hope that the result in the Spain-Croatia game goes their way.

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Monday June 18 2012
Prandelli’s pressing Italy issue

Italy look like they’ll change shape against the Republic of Ireland in their final Euro 2012 group game. David Swan examines the reasons why.

Italy are left in a familiar situation heading into their final group game against Republic of Ireland – relying on another team to help them out with the right result, just as they were in Euro 2008 and Euro 2004.

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NEWS
Sunday June 17 2012
Bilic: 'Italy have to trust Croatia'

Slaven Bilic has assured Italy they “have to trust” Croatia not to stitch them up intentionally with Spain tomorrow.

The Azzurri must beat the Republic of Ireland to have any chance of going through, but a 2-2 draw in the other game will make any Italian result futile.

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NEWS
Sunday June 17 2012
Chiellini: 'New tournament for Italy'

Giorgio Chiellini believes Italy will “begin a new tournament” if they reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

The Azzurri must beat the Republic of Ireland and hope Spain-Croatia does not end 2-2 in order to progress.

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