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UK ministers set to miss England's Euro 2012 quarter-final with Italy
21/06/2012 by Goal.com
A member of Parliament is expected to attend the semi-final in Warsaw, should the Three Lions get there, but made no comment on the scenario that sees them make the finalThe British government will continue their boycott of Euro 2012 by not sending any ministers to England‘s quarter-final against Italy in Kiev on Sunday.Members of Parliament have so far avoided the Thre... Full Story »
I wish I could be like Gerrard! Italy star De Rossi hails England skipper ahead of duel
21/06/2012 by Dailymail
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi has hailed Steven Gerrard as his 'idol' as he prepares to go toe to toe with the England captain in the European Championship quarter-finals.De Rossi revealed he dreamt of playing more like Gerrard, who has shone for the Three Lions during Euro 2012.Roma vice-captain De Rossi started the tournament in a three-man defence for Italy but reverte... Full Story »
Fickle Balotelli now key for Italy
19/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - Italy's unpredictable Mario Balotelli causes controversy even when he is silenced but coach Cesare Prandelli believes he can become a "champion" if his litany of immaturities are ironed out. The 21-year-old striker came on as a substitute and hooked in a superb late goal in the 2-0 win over Ireland on Monday which sent Italy into the Euro 201... Full Story »
Prandelli: Italy can achieve anything with this heart
19/06/2012 by Goal.com
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has praised his side's mentality following a 2-0 victory against Ireland in their final Euro 2012 group match.Goals from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli saw the Azzurri finish runners-up to Spain in Group C, on five points, to progress to the quarter-finals.And Prandelli believes that Italy were worthy winners on Monday and has not set limit... Full Story »
Given: It is tough to take any positives from Euro 2012
19/06/2012 by Goal.com
Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given has admitted that it is difficult to take any positives from his side's Euro 2012 campaign after they lost all three group games, including a 2-0 defeat to Italy in Poznan in their final match.Goals from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli ensured that the Boys in Green would leave the competition pointless, while sending the Italian... Full Story »
Italy 2 Republic of Ireland 0: Cassano and Balotelli send Azzurri into last eight
19/06/2012 by Dailymail
Too little, too late and just not good enough, the Republic of Ireland succumbed to the inevitable in Poznan on Monday night and crashed out of Euro 2012 after being outclassed by Italy.The damage already done by the humiliating defeats to Croatia and Spain, Giovanni Trapattoni’s deflated troops were unable to pull off the shock of the tournament to halt Italy’s progress t... Full Story »
Red-faced: Ireland suffer worst ever finals return as players prepare to quit
19/06/2012 by Dailymail
Giovanni Trapattoni maintained his commitment to fight on as manager of the Republic of Ireland as his team crashed out of Euro 2012 and failed to halt his own nation’s progress to the quarter-finals on Monday night.But the 73-year-old admitted that certain senior players are likely to quit the international scene after their humiliation on the big stage.On an emotional nigh... Full Story »
Euros: Italy to quarters with 2-0 win over Ireland
19/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
POZNAN, Poland (AP) There were no tears for Antonio Cassano this time, just joy.Seven months after a scary episode of stroke-like symptoms, Cassano scored the decisive goal when Italy beat Ireland 2-0 Monday to reach the European Championship quarterfinals.Cassano headed in with his back to the goal by the near post following a corner kick in the 35th minute on a warm an... Full Story »
Prandelli happy to have found midfield balance
19/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Cesare Prandelli switched back to his preferred 4-4-2 formation in Monday's 2-0 Euro 2012 Group C defeat of Ireland which saw them through to the quarter-finals and then proclaimed himself happy with the team's balance in midfield.Having played a 3-5-2 system in his previous two games, Prandelli went back to a diamond midfield and he was much happier than he had been followin... Full Story »
Italy beat Irish to seal quarters berth
19/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli fired Italy into the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 after a tense 2-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland.The AC Milan striker headed home from Andrea Pirlo's 35th-minute corner before substitute Balotelli added a second at the death to finally kill off Ireland's brave resistance.Spain's 1-0 win over Croatia in Gdansk meant the reignin... Full Story »