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It is not expected to be an easy match for both teams since it is their first of the tournament. Both teams will fight it to the finish, but there is the Balotelli factor.
According to a report by Agence France Press (AFP) (h/t to the National Post), Italy is expecting Mario Balotelli "to behave" in the Euro 2012 tournament. Balotelli has created problems on and off the pitch.
Balotelli could easily become volatile during the pitch and cost Italy the match. If this is true, the end result will be Spain defeating Italy by two points.
If Balotelli is not volatile, the result could be Spain 1-0 Italy. The predictions are based on a personal opinion, taking into account Balotelli's history.
There is another factor: the composition of the Spanish team. Iker Casillas is likely to be very efficient when it comes to deflecting potential goals. Fernando Torres, Sergio Ramos, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta are also going to be strong in offense as well as defense.
They could present a big threat to Italy, but it will not change the scoring results in favor of Spain. Again, these are personal opinions.
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