Spain v. Italy: Rating the Italian Players in Euro 2012 Group C Showdown

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Spain v. Italy: Rating the Italian Players in Euro 2012 Group C Showdown
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As critical as I have been of Cesare Prandelli over the last week, and especially over the last day or two over his decision to go with a 3-5-2 formation with Daniele De Rossi in the center of the defense, I must take my hat off to both him and the players on the field.

Their spirited 1-1 draw with defending World and European champions Spain was a well-deserved point.  If you pressed me, I'd say that Italy deserved a win more than their Spanish opponents. There were some great performances made today, and some that were less than stellar.

How did the players do? Let's look deeper into their performances, as graded on your traditional A-F scale.

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