Euro 2012: Italy and Croatia name unchanged line-ups

Updated: 14 June 2012 21:03 IST

Italy and Croatia picked unchanged line-ups for their Euro 2012 Group C clash at the Municipal Stadium here on Thursday.

Poznan:

Italy and Croatia picked unchanged line-ups for their Euro 2012 Group C clash at the Municipal Stadium here on Thursday.

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Cesare Prandelli resisted the temptation to replace Mario Balotelli with Antonio Di Natale despite the Udinese striker's goalscoring performance off the bench against Spain.

The Italy boss also kept hard-working wing-backs Emanuele Giaccherini and Christian Maggio.

Slaven Blic named the same Croatian starting XI that beat Ireland 3-1 in their first group game.

Victory for Croatia would see them become the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Teams:

Italy - (3-5-2)

Gianluigi Buffon (capt); Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi, Leonardo Bonucci; Emanuel Giaccherini, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Christian Maggio; Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano

Coach: Cesare Prandelli

Croatia (4-4-2)

Stipe Pletikosa; Darijo Srna (capt.), Vedran Corluka, Gordon Schildenfeld, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Ognjen Vukojevic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Nikica Jelavic, Mario Mandzukic

Coach: Slaven Bilic

Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)

Topics : Football Alou Diarra Lech Poznan Euro 2012 Croatia Italy
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