Italy vs Croatia [Euro 2012 Result]; a single point 1-1 in Poznan. In the second match of Group C Italy played against Croatia in Municipal Stadium, Poznan, on Thursday, 15 June 2012. Both of teams got a single point after the match ended with tie score 1-1.
Italy led score first 1-0 against Croatia in 39’ in Municipal Stadium, Poznan. The goal was scored by Andrea Pirlo from free kick. And Croatia scored the equaliser goal trough Mario Mandzukic in 72’.
Both of teams got a single point in the Italy vs Croatia match, with one additional point, Croatia had 4 points from two matches and led the current standings whereas Italy had two points and placed the next position right after Croatia. Their place can change after Spain vs Republic of Ireland match ends.
Italy directly gave threaten to Pletikosa goal post three minutes after kick off. It was turn for Mario Balotelli who did it. Although he was surrounded by three players of Croatia, he still could shot the ball in penalty area, but the direction of the ball did not go straight to the goal post. At that time, the ball was still far away from the goal post.
Italy got chance to score goal again trough Claudio Marchisio in 11’. He shot the ball from outer penalty area, but the ball struck a little high from Croatia goal post.
Mario Balotelli got chance again five minutes after Marchisio missed his chance. But as the chance before, at that time he also missed the chance, his shot could be deflected by Stipe Pletikosa.
Croatia got chance trough Ivan Perisic heading in 28’, but the ball felt right in Gianluigi Buffon catch.
Five minutes afterward, Antonio Cassano almost scored goal from near the goal post. Unfortunately, his shot was still several inches from the goal post.
Italy got goal-chance trough Marchisio in 37’. After receiving passing from Antonio Cassano, he was in one on one situation with Pletikosa, but his shot still could be blocked by the goalkeeper.
Andrea Pirlo finally made Italy led score 1-0 in 39’. Croatia player committed foul to Balotelli near penalty area and Italy got free kick from it. Andrea Pirlo who took the free kick, sored goal after his free kick could not be cleared by Croatia goalkeeper, the ball struck into the corner of the goal post.
Italy starting line-up : Buffon; Chiellini, De Rossi, Bonucci; Giaccherini, Motta, Marchisio, Maggio, Pirlo; Cassano, Balotelli.
Croatia starting line-up : Pletikosa; Strinic, Schildenfeld, Corluka, Srna; Vukojevic, Perisic, Rakitic, Modric; Jelavic, Mandzukic.
Referee : Howard Webb (England).