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Italy held by stubborn Croatia
15/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Mario Mandzukic scored his third goal in two Euro 2012 games to pull a goal back for Croatia to draw 1-1 with Italy.Croatia went into the Group C encounter knowing a win over Italy would guarantee them a last-eight place, but they were decidedly second best in the opening 45 minutes at Poznan's Municipal Stadium.Italy deservedly led at the half-time interval courtesy of Andre... Full Story »
Cox wants Ireland to play with pride despite early exit
15/06/2012 by Goal.com
The striker hopes for a good finish to the tournament and would like to see his side pick themselves up and go out on a high in their final group game against ItalySimon Cox was disappointed not to get anything from their game against Spain and wants to play with pride in their last match despite already exiting the tournament.The Irish huffed and puffed throughout the gam... Full Story »
Italy can rely on Spain to beat Croatia, believes Motta
15/06/2012 by Goal.com
Italy midfielder Thiago Motta believes Spain will set out to beat Croatia, despite only needing a draw to qualify for the quarter-finals.With Group C heading into the final round on games on Monday, the Italians are reliant on Vicente del Bosque’s side coming out victorious.A 1-1 draw between Spain and Croatia would mean that Italy have to score at least three times agains... Full Story »
The referee favoured Italy, says Bilic
15/06/2012 by Goal.com
The 43-year-old did not hide his disappointment with the standard of refereeing following the draw with the Azzurri in PoznanCroatia coach Slaven Bilic has criticised the performance of referee Howard Webb in his side's 1-1 draw against Italy. Full Story »
Italy 1 Croatia 1: Mighty Mandzukic pounces to cancel out Pirlo's pearler
15/06/2012 by Dailymail
Two things were mentioned a lot in the build-up to this game. One was Italy’s failure to beat Croatia in the five previous meetings between the countries since Croatia’s independence in 1991.The other concerned who was the better playmaker, Andrea Pirlo or Luka Modric.Level pegging: Mario Mandzukic scores the equaliserAfter another intriguing Euro 2012 90 minutes, we are wher... Full Story »
Analysis: Mandzukic wins battle of Super Marios
15/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
POZNAN (Reuters) - One Mario is announcing himself as one of Euro 2012's biggest handfuls while another Mario is proving more of a handful for his coach than opposing defenders. Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic scored with his first genuine chance after 72 minutes to give his side a 1-1 draw with Italy in their second Group C match on Thursday but more illustrious namesak... Full Story »
Italy held to 1-1 draw by Croatia in Group C
15/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
POZNAN, Poland (AP) Italy sat back and paid for it Thursday in a 1-1 draw with Croatia at the European Championship.Andrea Pirlo gave Italy the lead with a curving free kick in the 39th minute but Mario Mandzukic was left unmarked to equalize in the 72nd.Italy had numerous other first-half chances from Mario Balotelli, Claudio Marchisio and Antonio Cassano, but the Azzurr... Full Story »
EURO 2012 LIVE: Italy vs. Croatia
15/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Italy plays Croatia in Poznan, Poland in their second Group C match at the European Championship.Here is a running account of Thursday's action. All times are local to Poland.---1818: Penalty shout from Croatia but referee Webb gets this decision spot on. Jelavic falls over as he challenges for a cross with Chiellini but it was the Croatia striker who di... Full Story »
Balotelli is not a burden on Italy, insists Pirlo
14/06/2012 by Goal.com
Andrea Pirlo has dismissed the suggestion that Mario Balotelli is a burden on his Italy team-mates, insisting that the enigmatic striker has an important role to play in the country's Euro 2012 campaign.Balotelli came in for some criticism for his performance against Spain on Sunday in which he was guilty of wasting a clear cut chance on goal after robbing Gerard Pique o... Full Story »
Croatia well primed to test Italy, warns Prandelli
14/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - Croatia's ability to vary their tactics, their intensity and their physical prowess make them a very different prospect to facing Spain, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli warned on Wednesday.Italy came into the tournament on the back of a match-fixing scandal back home and three consecutive friendly defeats in which they failed to score but surpasse... Full Story »