NEWS
Monday June 11 2012
Giaccherini content with debut

Emanuele Giaccherini is satisfied after making his international debut in Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.

The Juventus player was used on the left of a 3-5-2 system and subsequently won the praise of Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.

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NEWS
Sunday June 10 2012
Spaniards blame 'shameful' turf

Spanish players and Coach Vicente del Bosque blamed the “dry pitch” in Gdansk for their draw with Italy. “It’s shameful we should have to play on this surface.”

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NEWS
Sunday June 10 2012
Prandelli: 'Balo should've passed it'

Cesare Prandelli admits Mario Balotelli “should’ve passed it” in a great chance against Spain, but insists the substitution was “not punishment.”

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NEWS
Sunday June 10 2012
Xavi: 'Spain deserved victory'

Xavi Hernandez feels Spain “deserved the victory” after their hard-fought 1-1 draw with Italy and complained about the pitch.

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NEWS
Sunday June 10 2012
Torres praises Buffon

Fernando Torres praised Gianluigi Buffon and insisted he was not disappointed at being on the bench for Spain-Italy.

“The result is acceptable, especially against a side like Italy,” said the Chelsea striker of their 1-1 draw.

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NEWS
Sunday June 10 2012
Del Bosque: 'Spain happy with point'

Vicente del Bosque concedes it was “a difficult match” against the Azzurri and Spain were content to grab a point.

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NEWS
Sunday June 10 2012
Casillas: 'Draw was fair'

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admits the draw was “the right result, as both sides never gave up and attacked to the end.”

The shot-stopper was called into a series of tough saves during the 1-1 draw with Italy that opened Group C.

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BLOG ITALIA
Sunday June 10 2012
Adapting the Azzurri

Italy improved in leaps and bounds with the new shape against Spain, but Susy Campanale warns Cesare Prandelli has more lessons to learn from this game.

The switch to a 3-5-2 system proved ingenious by Cesare Prandelli and the impressive draw with Spain can allow him to further tweak this new-look Italy. It could not have been a bigger difference from the performance against Russia last week, in which they were thrashed 3-0 and looked embarrassing.

NEWS
Sunday June 10 2012
Italy player ratings v Spain

Hmm, how to stop the World and European champions in their tracks? With police raids at your training camp, a slew of injuries, a heavy defeat in your last warm up game and a last minute change of formation of course! Rating and slating the Azzurri performances after an impressive group opener in Gdansk.

Gigi Buffon: 7

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Sunday June 10 2012
Pirlo: 'Defeat did us good'

Andrea Pirlo believes Italy’s friendly defeat to Russia “did us good” to prepare them for the 1-1 draw with Spain.

“I give us seven out of ten, as it was a tough game and we did well enough. The defeat to Russia did us good, as it showed we need a lot more to play at this level,” he said of last week’s 3-0 friendly upset.

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