Thursday June 14, 2012 Group Stage: Group C Finished Stadion Miejski

Italy 1 - 1 Croatia

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  1. Croatia recover to earn draw

    Croatia recover to earn draw

    Italy and Croatia must wait until the final round of Group C matches to learn their Euro 2012 fate after a 1-1 draw in Poznan. More

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    Time:90'
    • Italy
    • Croatia
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle. 1-1 in this one. Probably a better result for Italy than Croatia, who may need to take something from their final group match against Spain.
    • 90+3' The injured Mandžukic is going to have to depart to be replaced by Kranjcar.
    • 90+2' Italy lining up on the box to shoot, but they fail to get a shot away awful stuff. Chiellini then comes up with a brilliant tackle on Mandžukic.
    • 89' Going to be five minutes added to this match for the invasion of the flares.
    • 88' Strinic whacks a shot well over the bar. Nice play by Eduardo in the build-up, but no dramatic winning goal. At least not for the moment.
    • 87' Di Natale takes off too early. Deemed to be offside when he is clearly onside. Croatia fortunate to escape that moment.
    • 86' Vukojevic tumbles to the ground after a late challenge by Giovinco. This second half has been spoilt a bit by numerous fouls.
    • 85' Schildenfeld with a cyncial late challenge on Giovinco. A free-kick for Italy to be hoisted into the area by Pirlo, but Marchisio is deemed to be guilty of a spot of fouling in the box.
    • 84' Giovinco's cross sails over Pletikosa, but Srna knocks it out before the second cross fades out of play. Poor delivery.
    • 83' Cassano is brought off to be replaced by Giovinco. Croatia certainly could do with the goal more than Italy.
    • 82' Jelavic is going to be replaced here by Eduardo. The former Arsenal striker is wheeled on.
    • 81' Chance for Croatia as Jelavic knocks the ball straight to De Rossi. Poor finish to that move.
    • 80' Montolivo has been booked for a barge in the box on Mandžukic. Croatia looking for a dramatic winner to secure the three points.
    • 79' Mario Mandžukic equals Mario Gomes (GER) and Alan Dzagoev (RUS) on top of the Euro 2012 goalscoring list on three goals. Providing Shay Given's own goal for Ireland is given to the striker.
    • 78' Croatian fans in party mood in the stands. Strinic played provider with a superb cross for that goal.
    • 77' Marchisio thumps a shot at goal from distance. Pletikosa gets behind the ball to make sure of the block, but does not try to catch it.
    • 76' A draw wouldn't be a disaster for Italy here with Spain and Croatia due to meet in their final match of the group. A draw here and a win over Ireland would carry the Italians through.
    • 75' Mario Mandžukic scores his third goal at Euro 2012 and equals Davor Suker as Croatia’s all-time top scorer at Euro final tournaments on three goals.
    • 74' More flares or firecrackers arrive on the park from the Croatian support. Slaven Bilic is dancing around his touchline.
    • 73' GOAL! Mandžukic with a superb finish. One touch and finished with the second touch after Chiellini misses the cross ball. Awful defending by the central defender. 1-1 now in this tournament.
    • 72' Pranjic has taken over from Perisic for Croatia, who are seeking this leveller.
    • 71' Di Natale and Balotelli obviously job-sharing at this tournament. He is wheeled on to take over from the Manchester City forward.
    • 70' Vukojevic brings down Pirlo. Di Natale is getting ready for these final 20 minutes.
    • 69' Bonucci nods the ball back to Buffon. Italy almost committing suicide as they let the ball bounce in their own box.
    • 68' Modric is penalised for controlling the ball in the middle of the park. Croatia going to make a change here.
    • 67' Maggio and Strinic in a foot race for a loose ball, but Croatia win it. Buffon forced to knock a loose ball out of play at the other end. Game starting to open up here.
    • 66' Italy are looking for their first win in seven months since beating Poland 2-0 in a friendly on 11 November 2011. Looking a good bet for it at the moment as Srna gives the ball away needlessly.
    • 65' Motta departs the action to be replaced by Montilivo for Italy. Probably wise with a booking and a sore head from Srna's challenge.
    • 64' Pirlo slides the ball into Cassano's path after winning the tackle against Rakitic in the middle. Disappointing end to that move.
    • 63' Balotelli drives a shot over the ball from 25 yards. Nice pass from Giaccherini. Nice move from Italy.
    • 62' That truly was an awful challenge. Could have been a booking or worse for that one. No real intention to play the ball there.
    • 61' Srna looking for Modric, but De Rossi rises to win the ball. Motta now down on the deck. Late, late challenge by Srna.
    • 60' Chiellini trying to waste a few seconds. Bit early to be doing that surely. Howard Webb points to his watch to let him know the score.
    • 59' The last time these teams met at a major tournament was at the 2002 World Cup, when Italy took a 1-0 lead through Christian Vieri only to see Croatia win 2-1. The goals were scored by Ivica Olic and Milan Rapaic.
    • 58' Plenty of pushing and shoving in that Italian box. Balotelli tries to pick out Cassano, but Corluka is doing the covering work to mop up.
    • 57' Strinic cracks an effort at goal, but solid defending by Maggio to meet the loose ball. Meanwhile, Motta has been booked after more wrestling with Jelavic.
    • 56' Giaccherini working back to close down space as he blocks the Jelavic cross. A couple of firecrackers are tosses on to the park. All a bit silly.
    • 55' Italy keeping the ball again after the Croatia corner comes to nothing. You get the feeling that it is going to take something special to break down this Italian defence today.
    • 54' Nice control by Jelavic, but De Rossi keeps an eye on the loose ball like a hawk. Croatia earn a corner-kick here.
    • 53' Croatia have come back from 1-0 down once in three European finals matches in which they conceded the opening goal: 2-2 versus France at Euro 2004.
    • 52' Bonucci's hopeful effort take a touch off Perisic, and heads behind for a corner to Italy. Giaccherini smashes a shot well over the bar moments later.
    • 51' Brighter start from Croatia to this second period after a first half of plenty of huff without too much genuine quality from their point of view.
    • 50' Modric picks up a pass from Jelavic. Modric gets another sight at goal from distance, but shot is always rising over Buffon's bar.
    • 49' Italy have now scored the opening goal in 15 of their 29 Euro finals matches. Italy have won 10 of their 14 Euro finals matches in which they opened the score, drawing three and losing only once.
    • 48' Better play by Modric as he dashes to the edge of the Italian box. Slams the shot at goal, but no real power as Buffon dives to his right to save.
    • 47' Mandžukic dinks a hopeful ball into the opposition box, but straight into the grasp of Buffon who collects with some ease.
    • 46' Croatia get the second half off and running. They need a 2-1 win to make sure of qualifying tonight. Long way back against this Italian defence.
    • 45+1' Mandžukic fires a shot into the gloves of Buffon. That should be the end of the first half. A disappointing one for Croatia. A 1-0 lead for Italy. Impressive stuff from Italy.
    • 44' Giaccherini throws a ball into the Croatian box, but Corluka heads out the loose ball. Italy looking for a second goal here before the break. Cassano nods over the bar from Pirlo's corner. That could have been a second goal.
    • 43' Rakitic slides the ball into the heart of the Italian box, but De Rossi deals with the danger. Croatia looking a bit ragged, it must be said.
    • 42' Italy with 10 shots at goal compared to two by the Croatians. Little doubt that Italy are bossing this match. Croatia have been rendered impotent by that Italian rearguard.
    • 41' GOAL! Pirlo swings the ball over the wall and it flies into the corner of the net. Pletikosa couldn't get across in time. Italy with a 1-0 lead. And well worth it.
    • 40' Srna brings down Balotelli and Italy have a free-kick 25 yards from the opposition goal.
    • 39' Brilliant double save by Pletikosa to deny Marchisio. Super stuff by the Italians. Could and should have been the opening goal.
    • 38' Bonucci deemed to have kicked Mandžukic in the back. Croatia amble into the Italian half, but are not getting the same time on the ball that they revelled in against Republic of Ireland on Sunday evening.
    • 37' Corluka on the deck after colliding with his team-mate Vukojevic. Croatia lucky to get the stoppage there with Cassano in space.
    • 36' Balotelli decides to try his luck from 25 yards out. Shot spins wide of goal as Pletikosa admires the ball flying wide.
    • 35' Another chance breaks to Cassano in the area. Difficult angle and he can only screw the shot wide of goal. Italy certainly looking the likelier side.
    • 34' Italy are the only team participating at Euro 2012 who are yet to win in the 2012 calendar year. So far they lost their frinedly matches against USA and Russia and drew 1-1 with Spain in their first group match at Euro 2012.
    • 33' Strinic fortunate to avoid a booking after flying into a late challenge on Balotelli. Marchisio's shot is blocked seconds later. Italy warming to this task.
    • 32' Mandžukic tries to slip the ball into his forward partner Jelavic, but just overcooks the pass. Italy defence holding firm. Wouldn't really expect anything else.
    • 31' Rakitic overhits a longish ball looking for Mandžukic. No closer it seems to an opening goal. This match being fiercely contested out there.
    • 30' Excellent play by Cassano as he dashed into the Croatian box. Showing some fine footwork, but just can't get the ball away to Balotelli.
    • 29' Balotelli rolls the ball to Marchisio. Not sure what he was trying to do there, but the ball back with Pletikosa who can launch the goalkick long.
    • 28' Mario Balotelli has scored once on Polish soil, netting in Italy’s 2-0 win over Poland on 11 November 2011 in Wroclaw.
    • 27' Perisic rises to glance the header at goal but straight into the paws of Buffon in the Italy goal.
    • 26' Srna with the delivery. Comes off Maggio. Plenty of wrestling in the box, but the outcome is a corner to Croatia.
    • 25' Giaccherini flies late into the back of Srna. A free-kick chance for Croatia. Just outside the Italian box out wide.
    • 24' Strinic bundled off the ball by Balotelli. Cheap foul to give away, it must be said. No need for Balotelli to make that challenge.
    • 23' Croatia scored more headed goals than any other team in Euro 2012 qualifying and already have two in the finals. No secret where their strength lies.
    • 22' Mandžukic bounds down a flank. Plenty of space to run into, but the cross is met by De Rossi before Modric overhits a cross moments later.
    • 21' Plenty of noise in Poznan. Most of it coming from the Croatia fans as Jelavic pushes De Rossi in the back.
    • 20' Lovely ball into the Italian box by Srna. Jelavic tries to connect with the cross, but just fails as a relieved Buffon collects. On we go. Still 0-0.
    • 19' Jelavic brings down Chiellini in the box. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee Howard Webb correctly gives the foul against the Croatian attacker.
    • 18' Croatia are unbeaten in all three of their competitive matches against Italy: 2-1 at 2002 World Cup, 1-2 and 1-1 in Euro 1996 Qualifying.
    • 17' Pirlo looking for the head of Motta, but Jelavic does just enough to nod clear before Motta is deemed to be guilty of handling the loose ball.
    • 16' Cassano deemed to be fouling Schildenfeld as they compete for a loose ball. Balotelli then wins a corner for Italy.
    • 15' Mandžukic just failing to connect with a cross in the middle of the Italy box. Italy break to the other end with Balotelli seeing a shot beaten out by Pletikosa. Game starting to warm up here.
    • 14' Pirlo pulls the ball into the path of Balotelli. Wonderful, wonderful delivery but Balotelli just fails to pick out Cassano. Schildenfeld with the clearance.
    • 13' Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa also played against Italy in the 2002 World Cup. Just like Josip Šimunic who is on the bench. Some nice footwork on the ball by Maggio. First goal looks like it is going to be crucial in this contest.
    • 12' Corluka comes out to meet a ball from the back in ensuring Balotelli can't get a free run at goal. Strong defending.
    • 11' Balotelli has a shot blocked in the Croatia area before Marchisio hammers an effort over the bar from distance. Fairly got hold of that, but it lacked the direction.
    • 10' Italy have failed to win their second match at all major tournaments since Euro 2000, when they beat Belgium 2-0 in their second group match. De Rossi hammers the ball away from Modric.
    • 9' Pletikosa is winning his 93rd cap for Croatia today as he launches a long ball down the park. Italy in possession at the back. The Italians were not found lacking in terms of passing the ball against Spain on Sunday.
    • 8' Maggio takes a tumble in the penalty box, but nothing doing before Chiellini pulls back Jelavic. Croatia on the ball the halfway line.
    • 7' Pirlo on the charge for Italy before Cassano's cross is headed over his own bar by Perisic. Pirlo's corner is then headed away by Croatia.
    • 6' Jelavic throws a boot at loose ball in the middle of the opposition box, but can only prod a harmless effort into the arms of Buffon.
    • 5' Darijo Srna plays his seventh match at the Euro finals tournament, equalling the record held by Dragan Stojkovic for most Euro final matches by players from Yugoslavia or countries that were formerly part of Yugoslavia.
    • 4' Chiellini taken out of the action late by Mandžukic and the Italians are awarded a free-kick deep in their own half.
    • 3' Balotelli fires a shot inches wide. Superb turn in the box, but just wide. Giaccherini comes up with an ideal delivery. Italy start on the offensive.
    • 2' Plenty of noise even if it is not a full house. Which is a shame. Slaven Bilic looking a bit serious for this one. He heads off to manage Lokomotiv Moscow after these finals. Would like to go out in a blaze of glory.
    • 1' Italy get the action off and running. Huge evening for both these sides.
    • 16.57 The anthems off and running then. Not exactly a full house in Poznan for this one, but the Italians are getting into the spirit of things alongside their Croatian counterparts. Buffon concentrating hard on his singing. And that is that. Almost ready to go. 3-5-2 for Italy with Croatia operating a 4-4-2 formation. Or so it appears.
    • 16.55 Teams and substitutes: Italy: Buffon, Bonucci, De Rossi, Chiellini, Maggio, Marchisio, Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Giaccherni, Balotelli, Cassano..subs: Sirigu, Ogbonna Obienza, Balzaretti, Abate, Barzagli, Montolivo, Diamanti, Nocerino, Di Natale, Borini, Giovinco, De Sanctis///Croatia: Pletikosa, Srna, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Strinic, Rakitic, Vukojevic, Modric, Perisic, Jelavic, Mandzukic..subs: Kelava, Simunic, Buljat, Vrsaljko, Vida, Pranjic, Badelj, Dujmovic, Kranjcar, Kalinic, Eduardo, Subasic.
    • 16.50 Italian goalkeeper Buffon is the only player in the Italy starting line-up to have faced Croatia before in a competitive match. Buffon played Croatia at the 2002 World Cup losing 2-1. The starting XI of both Italy and Croatia are unchanged compared to their first group matches last Sunday. They join Russia, Germany, Portugal and Denmark as teams to have played their first two Euro 2012 matches with the same starting line-up.
    • 16.45 Italy are winless in their last four games (incl. friendlies): this is their longest run without a win since August 2010, when they were winless for seven games in a row. The Azzurri haven’t won any of their last five games in major international tournaments (four draws and a loss).
    • 16.40 Croatia have lost just one of their last six meetings against Italy, winning three. Italy have never beaten Croatia in a competitive game, losing their only meeting in major tournaments (1-2 in the 2002 World Cup). Alongside Brazil, Croatia are one of only two sides unbeaten in their last five meetings against Italy.
    • 16.35 Match odds if you fancy a punt ahead of this one. Italy 7/5, Draw 11/5, Croatia 11/5..I fancy an Italy win. Maybe 2-1, but could be a close run thing.
    • 16.30 Slaven Bilic: "We will be more relaxed and not under such pressure after the opening victory, but it can't be much better than this in the next game. Italy are strong, they think about us and about our play. Prandelli respects us. They have a team and players who can dominate on the pitch. For me, they are not weaker than Spain, especially with Prandelli in charge."
    • 16.25 Cesare Prandelli: "(Balotelli) is a guy of 22 years of age, he is on the road to finding maturity. What I ask is for him to play simply. To help the team and to stretch the play behind the opposition defence. When he makes a mistake he must think that there will be other opportunities...and find the conviction to make the right decision next time. The thing to underline is that he won the ball himself (before missing a chance against Spain). When you have two choices it slows you down."
    • 16.20 Republic of Ireland face Spain later on this evening in the other Group C match and Sean Fay has been having a few beers with the Polish. And admits he is having a great time even if his team could be looking out their passports home before the night is out. Read what he has to say here... Lord of Gdansk: Irish find solace in Polish party
    • 16.15 Our men at the finals have been busy over the past 24 hours or so. Tom Adams has been looking at how recent controversies may actually benefit the Italians against Croatia. History repeating for crisis-hit Italy
    • 16.10 Croatia are are unchanged following a brilliant performance against the Republic of Ireland. Their only concerns is over Luka Modric, who is one booking away from missing the final game against Spain, but his understudy Niko Kranjcar remains on the bench. There is no question of the Tottenham man being left out for a match Croatia know can carry them into the quarter-finals.
    • 16.10 Italy coach Cesare Prandelli's chief selection dilemma his strikers, following poor performances from Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano against Spain, but he sticks with the same starters as substitute Antonio Di Natale - who scored the Azzurri's goal - remains poised to come on later on. Italy unchanged then from the 1-1 draw with Spain.
    • 16.05 Teams: Italy: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 3-Giorgio Chiellini; 2-Christian Maggio, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 21-Andrea Pirlo, 5-Thiago Motta, 13-Emanuele Giaccherini; 10-Antonio Cassano, 9-Mario Balotelli////Croatia: Croatia: 1-Stipe Pletikosa; 11-Darijo Srna, 5-Vedran Corluka, 13-Gordon Schildenfeld, 2-Ivan Strinic; 7-Ivan Rakitic, 8-Ognjen Vukojevic, 10-Luka Modric, 20-Ivan Perisic; 17-Mario Mandzukic, 9-Nikica Jelavic///Referee: Howard Webb (England)
    • 16.00 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Italy against Croatia in Euro 2012 Group C. Croatia chasing a three points that will carry them into the last eight of the tournament while Italy are looking to build on a 1-1 draw against world champions Spain in their opening match of the finals.
  • Summary

    • 73' GOAL! Mandžukic with a superb finish. One touch and finished with the second touch after Chiellini misses the cross ball. Awful defending by the central defender. 1-1 now in this tournament.
    • 44' Giaccherini throws a ball into the Croatian box, but Corluka heads out the loose ball. Italy looking for a second goal here before the break. Cassano nods over the bar from Pirlo's corner. That could have been a second goal.
    • 41' GOAL! Pirlo swings the ball over the wall and it flies into the corner of the net. Pletikosa couldn't get across in time. Italy with a 1-0 lead. And well worth it.
    • 39' Brilliant double save by Pletikosa to deny Marchisio. Super stuff by the Italians. Could and should have been the opening goal.
    • 35' Another chance breaks to Cassano in the area. Difficult angle and he can only screw the shot wide of goal. Italy certainly looking the likelier side.
    • 20' Lovely ball into the Italian box by Srna. Jelavic tries to connect with the cross, but just fails as a relieved Buffon collects. On we go. Still 0-0.
    • 15' Mandžukic just failing to connect with a cross in the middle of the Italy box. Italy break to the other end with Balotelli seeing a shot beaten out by Pletikosa. Game starting to warm up here.
    • 11' Balotelli has a shot blocked in the Croatia area before Marchisio hammers an effort over the bar from distance. Fairly got hold of that, but it lacked the direction.
    • 3' Balotelli fires a shot inches wide. Superb turn in the box, but just wide. Giaccherini comes up with an ideal delivery. Italy start on the offensive.
    • 16.05 Teams: Italy: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 3-Giorgio Chiellini; 2-Christian Maggio, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 21-Andrea Pirlo, 5-Thiago Motta, 13-Emanuele Giaccherini; 10-Antonio Cassano, 9-Mario Balotelli////Croatia: Croatia: 1-Stipe Pletikosa; 11-Darijo Srna, 5-Vedran Corluka, 13-Gordon Schildenfeld, 2-Ivan Strinic; 7-Ivan Rakitic, 8-Ognjen Vukojevic, 10-Luka Modric, 20-Ivan Perisic; 17-Mario Mandzukic, 9-Nikica Jelavic///Referee: Howard Webb (England)
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