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Friday June 15 2012
Boban: Why take off Balotelli?

Zvonimir Boban believes that Cesare Prandelli made a mistake in taking Mario Balotelli off in the 1-1 draw between Italy and Croatia.

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Friday June 15 2012
Zoff rues wasted Italy chances

Italian legend Dino Zoff thinks the Azzurri did enough in the first 45 minutes of their 1-1 draw with Croatia to win the game.

Italy took the lead in Thursday’s Euro 2012 Group C clash with a free-kick from Andrea Pirlo, but the Croatians hit back in the second half.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Euro 2012: Italy qualify if...

It all goes down to the final matches in Group C, as Italy have to beat Ireland and hope for goal difference to go their way in Spain-Croatia.

After Spain’s 4-0 victory this evening, the reigning champions are joint top of Group C with Croatia on four points each.

Italy trail on two, while the Republic of Ireland are already eliminated from Euro 2012 following two defeats.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Bilic: 'Ref favoured Italy'

Slaven Bilic reveals the tactical adjustments that enabled Croatia to be “dominant” in the second half against Italy and claimed the referee “favoured” the Azzurri.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Prandelli stands by system

Cesare Prandelli insists Italy may change a few players against Ireland, “but certainly not the system,” as qualification hangs in the balance.

The Azzurri’s 1-1 draw with Croatia today means they have only two points from as many games in Group C, trailing Spain and the Croats on four.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Same old Italy

The Azzurri showed the same strengths and above all weaknesses against Croatia as they had with Spain, as Susy Campanale feels it’s time to change.

I had written after the 1-1 draw with Spain that Cesare Prandelli needed to learn from the lessons of that performance. Not only did he not do that, he managed to make substitutions that exacerbated the existing issues.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Italy player ratings v Croatia

The Croatian curse came back to bite Italy and left them facing an anxious Group C finale. Scott Fleming evaluates the Azzurri performances after missed chances and mistimed leaps in Poznan...

Gigi Buffon: 6

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Thursday June 14 2012
Corluka: 'Croatia could've won'

Croatia “deserved this goal and were close to winning,” said Vedran Corluka after a 1-1 draw with Italy.

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Thursday June 14 2012
Albertini: 'No Italy despair'

FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini feels Italy “went too deep in the second half” against Croatia, but “there is no despair.”

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Thursday June 14 2012
Buffon: 'Italy not clinical enough'

Gianluigi Buffon insists Italy “play good football and just need to be more clinical when the scoring opportunities arise.”

The Azzurri were held to a second consecutive 1-1 draw despite dominating the first half against Croatia.

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