NEWS
Thursday June 14 2012
Italy held back by Croatia

A spectacular Andrea Pirlo free kick was not enough for Italy, as Croatia fought back in the second half for another 1-1 draw.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Hamsik: 'I hope Italy win'

Napoli star Marek Hamsik is in the stands in Poznan for Italy-Croatia. “I hope and believe that Italy will win.”

The Slovak international was spotted in the stands surrounded by Italy fans ahead of today’s Euro 2012 match, kick-off at 17.00 UK time.

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NEWS
Thursday June 14 2012
Line-ups: Italy unchanged for Croatia

Cesare Prandelli goes into Italy’s second game of Euro 2012, against Croatia, with the same starting XI that held Spain to a draw on Sunday.

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NEWS
Thursday June 14 2012
Prandelli to confirm at last minute

Cesare Prandelli will wait until the last possible moment before telling his players the starting line-up for this evening’s match with Croatia.

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NEWS
Thursday June 14 2012
Italy to start with Spanish XI

Despite some doubts, boss Cesare Prandelli is expected to field the same Italy side that faced Spain in today’s game against Croatia.

There were suggestions that Mario Balotelli could be replaced in the starting XI by Antonio Di Natale, but the Manchester City man is being tipped to start.

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BLOG ITALIA
Thursday June 14 2012
A chequered past against Croatia

Italy face Croatia next in Euro 2012 and, as Luca Cetta explains, the Azzurri will have to reverse the historical form guide to claim the points.

Following a build-up fraught with talk of a wounded Italy – one suffering from the betting scandal which reached the corridors of Coverciano and experienced a friendly defeat from their only possible warm-up clash – the Azzurri showed there is both character and quality in the new-look team during their Euro 2012 opener.

NEWS
Thursday June 14 2012
Schillaci would go with Di Natale

Italy should start with Antonio Di Natale in Thursday’s Euro 2012 game against Croatia, says Salvatore Schillaci.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 13 2012
Gay rights groups condemn Cassano

A gay rights association in Italy has called for Antonio Cassano to be dropped after his homophobic comments. “It was horrible and vulgar.”

The striker shocked many when he used an offensive term to describe any gay players who may be in the Azzurri squad.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Italy's Abate needs five stitches

It’s reported Ignazio Abate needed five stitches to his face after an accidental collision in today’s Italy training session.

The Milan and Azzurri full-back was taking part in a game between ranks when he suffered the deep cut to his eyebrow in a clash with Antonio Nocerino.

Sky Sport Italia claim medical staff had to apply five stitches to seal up the wound.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Pirlo: 'Italy can go far'

Andrea Pirlo is confident Italy are “aware of our strength” going into tomorrow’s game with Croatia. “With these components, we can go far.”

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