Italy vs. Uruguay: 6 Things We Learned

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Italy vs. Uruguay: 6 Things We Learned
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After an encouraging start against England, Italy's World Cup aspirations were dealt a crushing blow by Costa Rica before being completely snuffed out in controversial fashion against Uruguay.

The 2006 champions were among the outside favourites to win the tournament in Brazil but are now on their way home in disarray after just three group games.

Players are coming under heavy fire in the Italian media, and Cesare Prandelli has resigned as coach, taking full responsibility for the Azzurri's failings. It wasn't supposed to be like this for the four-time winners, and some difficult questions now need answering before qualifying for Euro 2016 begins.

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