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The World United Through Football

Quick on the Draw

English: Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon, Captain of Italy (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group C:
Spain vs Italy (1:1)
Municipal Stadium, Gdansk.

Spain officially started the game without a striker, Italy fielded three centre backs and both teams were captained by their goalkeepers.

The game started lively enough, with Spain and Italy both moving the ball around closely.

But as time wore on, the teams cancelled each other out and dampened the atmosphere.

After twenty five minutes without a goal some of the fans started to whistle impatiently.

Thiago Motta’s close-range header tested Casillas just before the break but otherwise a lacklustre first-half.

Half-time: Spain 0 –  Italy 0

The second-half started with much the same feel to it, seasoned with a little more spice as both Fabregas and Iniesta forced diving saves from Buffon.

At the other end, Mario Balotelli dispossessed Sergio Ramos on the sideline but then took too long to put Casillas under pressure and he didn’t think about cutting the ball back to Antonio Cassano either.

That failure to act fast enough cost Balotelli his place on the pitch.

The World United Through Football Spain 0 –  Italy 1 (60 mins)
Substitute Antonio Di Natale would soon bring the the game to life after running on to        Andrea Pirlo’s through ball with purpose and giving Italy the lead.

The World United Through Football Spain 1 –  Italy 1 (64 mins)
It didn’t take Spain long to react; David Silva providing the perfectly weighted through ball for Cesc Fábregas to equalise.

Within seconds of coming on for Cesc Fábregas, Fernando Torres had a big chance to put Spain in front. Buffon was quick off his line and tackled the Chelsea striker like a defender.

Torres had another chance to seal the game for Spain, five minutes before the final whistle. With Buffon off his line, the attempted chip would have been a classic goal, had it worked.

Final Score: Spain 1 –  Italy 1


Travel to Spain
1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Piqué, 18-Jordi Alba, 17-Álvaro Arbeloa; 16-Sergio Busquets, 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi; 6-Andrés Iniesta, 10-Cesc Fábregas, 21-David Silva.

Travel to Italy
1-Gianluigi Buffon; 16-Daniele De Rossi, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 5-Thiago Motta; 21-Andrea Pirlo, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 13-Emanuele Giaccherini, 2-Christian Maggio; 10-Antonio Cassano, 9-Mario Balotelli.


June 10, 2012 - Posted by | Euro 2012, Italy, Match Reports, Spain | , , , , ,

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