Italy 1-1 Croatia: As It Happened
Euro 2012—Group C, Stadion Miejski (Poznan), Poznan, Poland
Italy 1-1 Croatia Full-Time
Goals: 39' Pirlo(ITA) 72' Mandžukić(CRO)
Italy: Buffon, Maggio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Motta(Montolivo), Marchisio, Giaccherini, De Rossi, Pirlo, Balotelli(Di Natale), Cassano(Giovinco)
Croatia: Pletikosa, Strinić, Ćorluka, Schildenfeld, Rakitić, Vukojević, Modrić, Srna, Perišić(Pranjic), Jelavić(Eduardo), Mandžukić(Kranjcar)
Italy 1-1 Croatia
90+2'—Promising Attack Ended
What looked like a very promising attack for the Italians ended as no one player could make up their mind what to do with the ball at the edge of the box
Five minutes of stoppage time.
The Italians have defended for the majority of this half and tried to make something happen on the counter. With the game nearing its conclusion, they look like they will be lucky to escape with a point.
86' —Less than Five Remaining
Croatia is still the better team at the moment but subs like Giovinco and Di Natale could make a difference for the Italians. Eduardo has come on for Jelavic on the Croatian side.
79'—Better Half for Croatia
It has been a tale of two halves for this game as Pirlo and Italy controlled the first but Modric and Croatia are clearly on top right now.
They look like they could get the win in this game.
Classy control and finish from Mandžukić as he peels of Chiellini, brings down a cross and smashes it home from close range.
Mandžukić equalizes for Croatia!
69' —Italy Substitution
64' —Croatia Still on Top
Croatia have continued to possess and stay within the Italy half for the majority of this half so far. They still haven't created a clear-cut chance but looking good.
Less than 30 minutes remaining.
56' —Croatia Pressure
Croatia have kept the pressure on Italy since the beginning of the half and have had a few corners and free-kicks deep in the Italy half.
51' —Wasted Chance
Italy still look comfortable and after that first foray by Croatia they got themselves a corner. Nothing came of it and the shot after by Giaccherini went way over the bar
48' — Croatia Attacking Early
The first few minutes of the half here and Croatia is looking to get back into the game quickly. They had possession early on but a foul by Corluka gives Italy some rest.
Second Half Begins
Scoreline — Italy 1-0 Croatia
44' — Italy Still in Charge— Croatia haven't mustered a response to going behind yet as Italy create another chance from a corner. The Croats were passing the ball around for a little but have given away possession.
Pirlo has a free-kick at the edge of the box and delivers the first goal from a free-kick this tournament with a brilliant effort.
37' — Great Chance for Marchisio!
The Juventus midfielder is put through on goal and gets two shots on goal but some great saves from Pletikosa deny Italy the opening goal.
35' Player Down for Croatia
34' Balotelli Shot
The Italians are really looking to take control of things and Balotelli again with a shot.
33' Cassano Chance
Cassano finally being greedy with a quick effort after the ball is played over the defense. It was a tough angle though. The ball goes wide.
33' Blocked Shot
Marchisio has another long range effort which is blocked
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