Scorers: 39’ Pirlo; 72’ Mandzukic
Italy: Buffon; Bonucci, De Rossi, Chiellini; Maggio, Marchisio, Pirlo, Thiago Motta (63’ Montolivo), Giaccherini; Balotelli (70’ Di Natale), Cassano (83’ Giovinco). Team manager: C. Prandelli.
Croatia: Pletikosa; Srna, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Strinic; Rakitic, Vukojevic, Perisic (68’ Pranijc); Modric; Mandzukic (94’ Kranjcar), Jelavic (83’ Eduardo). Team manager: S. Bilic.
Referee: Webb (Inghilterra)
Warnings: Thiago Motta, Montolivo e Schildenfeld.
Italy does not manage to beat its bugbear Croatia and now is near to elimination: an other 1-1 for Prandelli players obliges Italy to win against Republic of Ireland in the last match on Monday but if Spain and Croatia will draw 2-2 both of them will pass to quarter-finals. It has been not enough for Italy to dominate the first half: a masterly free kick of Pirlo clears the match at 39’, after many occasions to score thrown away by Balotelli and Marchisio, while in the second half Italy physically breaks down and Croatia, although without creating much opportunities, draw at 72’ with Mandzukic, who scores his second gol in Euro 2012.
Before the match