Italy V Ireland: What Group C Clash Told Us About Italian Chances at Euro 2012

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Italy V Ireland: What Group C Clash Told Us About Italian Chances at Euro 2012
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It wasn't the prettiest of performances by any means, but come the final whistle last night in Poznan, Italy had done enough—just barely—to secure their place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012.

Combined with Spain's 1-0 victory over Croatia in Gdansk, Italy's underwhelming 2-0 triumph over a spirited Irish squad ensured that they will advance to play the winner of Group D come Sunday.

The Azzurri now have nearly a week to prepare for the contest, and manager Cesare Prandelli has some very important decisions to make heading into that match.

Given Italy's performance against the Irish, the former Fiorentina bench boss will be left with plenty of questions that need answering if his squad are to have any chance of being crowned as the kings of Europe.

Here are some of the things we learned from Italy's final group match.

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