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Italy to Crash out of World Cup in Group Stage, Predicts 'Football Manager' Game

ARCHIV: Italy's Mario Balotelli walks head-down during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final  between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Der Italiener Mario Balotelli ist auch so ein „Held“ – einer der wilden Kerle des Fussballs. Im Halbfinale lehrt der Mann, der auch schon mal Hotelzimmer oder Autos zerlegt, die deutschen Auswahlspieler das Fuerchten. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Michael Sohn/AP/dapd
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Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalJanuary 23, 2014

Italy are being tipped by some as possible World Cup winners this summer, but a simulation run exclusively for Bleacher Report UK suggests otherwise.

Here's what Football Manager 2014 predicts will happen to Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli and company in Brazil.

First up, they will lose 1-0 to England in Manaus, with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere delivering the killer blow.

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With a response needed against Costa Rica, Italy dominate and win 3-0, with Balotelli scoring twice and Pirlo grabbing the other—it doesn't state whether Pirlo's goal is a deluxe free-kick, but let's just assume so.

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Italy's last group game against Uruguay is therefore crucial. They need to win, but Edinson Cavani equalises after Daniele De Rossi's opener to end the match in a draw.

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With that, Italy return home, as Uruguay and England progress to the knockout rounds. 

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