England 0 Italy 0: Post-Match Analysis & Stats

England 0 Italy 0: Post-Match Analysis & Stats

England were always up against it with one win over Italy in 35 years. Despite their record, the opening stages suggested England might end Italy’s stranglehold. However, despite the early signs of life, the game settled into a familiar pattern with Italy dominant. De Rossi’s early volley left Hart stranded as the post rescued England. Roy Hodgson’s side came close, soon after, with Johnson forcing an instinctive save from Buffon. Rooney nodded a Johnson cross over as England started well. Buffon’s anger was …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …
Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain. The Catenaccio philosophy is one associated with a highly organised and effective defensive tactic that focuses on taming the opponent’s attacks and in turn preventing any credible goal scoring opportunities. In Catenaccio, it is typical that the role of a sweeper, libero or verrouilleur is given a pivotal role in both defensive organisation and playing the ball …
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