Cassano & Balotelli Bring Italy to Quarterfinals
POZNAN – Italy managed to ensure themselves advanced to the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 after successfully frustrate the Republic of Ireland with a score of 2-0. Italy scored two goals from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli. Italy escaped the group stage as runners-up Group C.
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Celebration Antonio Cassano (Photo: Daylife)
The new ten seconds of the first half running, immediately attacked the Irish capitalized on a mistake by Kevin Doyle Andrea Pirlo release bait into the back line. Luckily the ball was saved Gianluigi Buffon.
Golden opportunity for emerging Italian in 28 minutes. Antonio Cassano tandemnya send feedback to the front, Antonio Di Natale who immediately opened fire but was blocked by Richard Dunne.
Gli Azzurri had another goldenchance on 34 minutes. Cassano spread threats with a hard kick from outside the penalty box Rep.Irlandia, unfortunately the ball successfully by goalkeeper Shay Given.
Cassano is really a scourge for Rep. Ireland. Striker who defend this club AC Milan finally broke the deadlock after a header exploit Andrea Pirlo corner kick into the goalGiven. Italy winning 1-0 from Rep.Irlandia.
In the end score 1-0 to survive until the end of the game after both teams failed to capitalize on opportunities in the remaining time available. Italy also has a glimmer of hope to qualify forin other places Spain was a 0-0 draw with Croatia. Italian direct hit in the secondhalf, relying on control of the ball by passing one or two touches. New on 54 minutes Di Natale generating opportunities, but his shot easily tamed Given.
Blow came to the Italian back line should be willing to look at Giorgio Chiellini should be stretchered out due to injuryin the 55th minute. Two minutes later, the Italian attack by Marchisio who opened fire from outside the penalty box, but the ball was wide of the target.
Cesare Prandelli made a surprise draw in 63 minutes with Cassano and replace it with Alessandro Diamanti. As aresult Italy became less aggressive attack.
The surprise comes in the 90th minute through Mario Balotelli. Manchester City striker managed to convert aremovable bait Pirlo corner kick into a goal through a beautiful volley. As a result Italy closed the game with a 2-0 victory from Rep.Irlandia and right through to the quarterfinals along with Spain,who beat Croatia 1-0.