Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli shoot? S the Italians into the quarter finals of the European Championships. Ireland must compete without a point to return home.
Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci (left) cheer.
Cesare Prandelli it was no longer on his bench. The coach of the Italian national team paced like a caged tiger repeatedly his coaching zone, constantly looked at his clock and called his players still to final instructions. Prandelli had to reduce his nervousness. After reaching the quarterfinals seemed in the last minutes of the game at the end silk thread to hang. To Mario Balotelli after 89 minutes scored the final score to 2-0 against Ireland. Antonio Cassano, who scored the first goal. The coach was able to take a deep breath. The shame of the 2010 World Cup, when the Italians were eliminated in the preliminary round, was again made it forget.
Italy v Ireland (2:0) – The game
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I have suffered and felt joy. It was a very difficult game. We played against a team that has consumed us hard. Today we have realized that it also about the quality also takes heart, admitted coach Cesare Prandelli. The minimum goal is achieved, Torhuter Gianluigi Buffon said, relieved. Torschutze Cassano said: Now begins another EM.
The Irish, whose large te? Strong in this European Championship tournament voiced her appendix was driving without a point back to the island. Giovanni Trapattoni annoyed that both goals came from corners: This was not the first time, because we were a bit naive. Keith Andrews (89th) saw shortly before the end yellow-red.
We played well, without creating too many chances. We are disappointed that we will not take anything, but we lost to a better team, said Milian veteran Robbie Keane. It was against Italy thanks to an exceedingly courageous appearance initially looked as if they could the team of coach Cesare Prandelli to be a ebenburtiger opponents.
Pictures of the match Italy – Ireland 2-0
It took just ten seconds, until the Italians in great distress came te. After a disastrous playback error in midfield Kevin Doyle was suddenly alone on goal from Gianluigi Buffon: However, keeping the world-class Torhuter the nerves, and stole the ball from the attacker indecisive foot. The sovereignty and peace that Buffon stated at the beginning of the match of the day was a long time on his teammates but not broadcast. The Traditional italian game was disjointed in the initial phase, coined by many playback errors and little determination.