Key Battles That Will Shape Italy's World Cup Clash with Uruguay

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Key Battles That Will Shape Italy's World Cup Clash with Uruguay
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Italy and Uruguay meet in Natal on Tuesday with a place in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup at stake. It promises to be an intriguing encounter between two teams who have shown a large degree of tactical flexibility in the past.

Italy’s superior goal difference means that a draw will be enough for them to progress, while Uruguay have to take all three points if they are to avoid elimination.

The two teams met in the third/fourth-place playoff of last year’s Confederations Cup. They played out an entertaining 2-2 draw, with Italy winning on penalties. It was not, however, a match that will prove particularly instructive as to the likely flow of Tuesday’s encounter.

Italy’s personnel has changed significantly in the interim, while Uruguay are highly unlikely to employ the 4-3-3 formation they used last summer.

Here are the key battles that will shape Italy’s World Cup clash with Uruguay.

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