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ITALY AND SPAIN SHARE THE SPOILS

Antonio De Natale puts Italy in the lead
Two of the Best keepers in the world
Pirlo was majestic as ever

 

Was Balotelli racially abused or was he just poor

The big game arrived on Sunday and I had to watch it of course in the Azurri Stronghold with Farid Saloojee and Family. The stage was set. Two giants in group C. I must admit I know that I like dwelling in the past ect but myself and Freds have watched all the major tournaments together and it was different not having the old guard. Del Piero,Totti,Canannavaro,Nesta, Zambrotta etc. But that was then. This is now. Italy lined up in a formation I was quite happy about. Danielle De Rossi played at Centre back with a back three of Chiellini and Maggio. De Rossi was solid in the back but ofcourse we missed him in the centre. Pirlo and Buffon were fantastic and reliable as always and Iniesta and Xavi aways mesmerising.  As for Balotelli I felt he was lazy on the day. This was eveident when he brulliantly robbed Dergio Ramos off the ball only to take his grandfathers time to slot home. Reports later suggested that Super Mario was racially abused with taunts and Monkey Sounds from the Spanish contingent behind the goal. This was supported by two cameraman stationed behind that goal and now UEFA have opened an enquiry.

It was Pirlos through ball that substitue Antonio De Natale slotted home to give the Azurri a 1-0 lead. Minutes later Silvas majestic ball was lsotted home by Fabregas.At 1-1 the two teams searched for an opening and I was pretty impressed the way we handled Spain. On came Torres and he was foiled by Buffon twice with two superb chances. I feel an old Torres would have made up pay dearly. It finished 1-1. I was happy with the result and now its the Croats next. Totally different opposition and three points is a must

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We prepare for the Croats

 

 

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