Italy's Keys to Knocking England out of Euro 2012

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Italy's Keys to Knocking England out of Euro 2012
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After knocking off the Republic of Ireland 2-0 in the final match of Group C, Italy was rewarded with the chance to reach the semifinals against England.

The two squads, who are scheduled to play in a friendly in August, haven’t played one another in over a decade.

The Italians took a 2-1 win at Elland Road in Leeds back on March 27th, 2002. Only Gianluigi Buffon still remains from that match.

You’d have to go back to the 1990 World Cup in Italy for the last time the two met in a major tournament. The hosts claimed third place at England’s expense in that match 2-1.

On Sunday, the squads assemble for the right to take on Germany in the semifinals, and, with a few minor tweaks, the Italians will be the men to take up the challenge next week.

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