Italy vs Croatia: EURO 2012 live scores, blog
Croatia head in to this morning’s clash with Italy knowing that taking the three points here will be enough to see the Balkan nation into the quarter-finals of the tournament. Join us from 2am AEST as we bring you live scores and blog of the important Euro 2012 clash.
Slaven Bilic’s farewell tour began brightly with a comfortable 3-1 over the Republic of Ireland, and at around 4am in Poznan, we’ll know if they become the first team to stamp their ticket into the next round.
Italy fought for a tough point in their opening match of the group against favourites Spain, and arguably could have come away with all three were it not for a couple of skittish moments in front of goal – Mario Balotelli being the chief offender.
It was be interesting to see if Donadoni sticks with the Manchester City man who divides opinion so, or if he wants to give a start to the goalscoring hero of Game 1, Antonio Di Natale – whose well taken goal was a lesson to all the misfires we saw in front of goal in this one (especially you, Fernando Torres).
They will try to take down a Croatian team led by Manchester United/City/Chelsea/PSG-bound Luka Modric, deadly marksman Nikica Jelavic and a supporting cast full of talent, and alarmingly bereft of vowels in their surnames.
Regardless, this promises to be a high quality encounter between two of Europe’s top nations, and I’ll be glued to the TV screen and computer screen bringing you updates. I hope you will be too.
Join us just before 2am for all the team news, line-ups and formations.