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The World United Through Football

Italy 1 – Croatia 1

Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo, Italian Goalscorer (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group C:
Italy vs Croatia (1:1)
Miejski Stadium, Poznan.

Croatia could have been the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals if they won this match; with a game to spare.

Sometimes it doesn’t look like there’s going to a  goal in open play, no matter what the statistics say.

When the game is tight and there’s a lot at stake, the last thing you want to do is concede a free-kick on the edge of your penalty area. Croatia did; a little over five minutes before the break.

If anyone needs to be feared, standing over the ball in such a tempting position, it has to be Andrea Pirlo.

Looking slightly crouched – as opposed to the stiffer Jonny Wilkinson stance Portugal’s Ronaldo likes to apply – the talented Italian did what he does best.

The World United Through Football Italy 1 – Croatia 0
Pirlo’s foot made contact with the leather; the Croatian wall jumped; and the high, curling ball was probably only sighted by Stipe Pletikosa when it flashed between his outstretched hand and the post.

Half-time: Italy 1 – Croatia 0

Croatia looked a little more hungry in the second half. Pressing the Italians for quite a while it wasn’t a surprise that the second goal of the game was an equaliser.

The World United Through Football Italy 1 – Croatia 1 (72 mins)
Mario Mandzukic popped in at the far post to net his third goal of the tournament for Croatia.

Flares on the pitch, thrown from the Croatian end – behind Gianluigi Buffon – caused the game to be halted for a moment.

Final Score: Italy 1 – Croatia 1

Teams

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

Travel to Croatia
1-Stipe Pletikosa; 13-Gordon Schildenfeld, 5-Vedran Corluka, 2-Ivan Strinic, 11-Darijo Srna; 10-Luka Modric, 8-Ognjen Vukojevic, 20-Ivan Perisic, 7-Ivan Rakitic; 9-Nikica  Jelavic, 17-Mario Mandzukic.

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June 14, 2012 - Posted by | Croatia, Euro 2012, Italy, Match Reports | , , , ,

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