Posts Tagged ‘Cesare Prandelli’

Report: Italy’s Balotelli sinks England in muggy Manaus

“Manaus (Brazil) (AFP) – Mario Balotelli’s second-half header earned Italy a 2-1 victory over an enterprising England side in an engaging World Cup Group D opener in Manaus on Saturday.”

My first World Cup match report for AFP on a captivating encounter at the Amazonia Arena can be read here.

Reaction: Hodgson shields Rooney after opening defeat
Reaction: Prandelli blasts ‘absurd’ lack of time-outs

Report: Nerveless Navas sends Spain into final

“FORTALEZA, Brazil — Jesús Navas settled a nail-biting penalty shoot-out 7-6 for Spain as the world and European champions edged Italy on a sultry evening in Fortaleza on Thursday to set up a Confederations Cup final meeting with Brazil.”

My AFP match report on Spain’s rope-a-dope semi-final victory over Italy at the Confederations Cup can be read here.

Report: Spain crush Italy to win historic Euro 2012 crown

“KIEV — Spain confirmed their status as one of the greatest national teams in football history by overwhelming Italy 4-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2012 final in Kiev to retain their European crown.”

My AFP match report on the Euro 2012 final can be read here. I also wrote a tournament review, which can be found here.

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