Euro 2012 Italy v Ireland - Final Score 2-0

Mario Ballotelli, Italy National Team

Euro 2012 Italy v Ireland - Final Score 2-0

Goals were scored for Italy by Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli. Their placement was enabled by Spain knocking off Croatia.

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Ireland, who were rolled over by both other teams in the group, kept it very close for most of the match, going 1-0 down in the 35th minute thanks to an Antonio Cassano header but keeping the draw within reach until the very last minute.

Balotelli scored in the second half. Mario Balotelli scored his side’s second goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland.


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Robin Van Persie and Marc van Bommel, Captain Netherlands National Team


Netherlands are vice-champions of Europe. The Orange are experienced and ready to seek revenge.

Netherlands Captin Mark Van Bommel of AC Milan salutes played his last game for AC Milan after the Serie A match between AC Milan and Novara Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 13, 2012 in Milan, Italy.

World Cup vice-champions Netherlands in second place after Spain in the FIFA rankings are one of the main favourites to win the European Championship. Netherlands lost 0:1 to the Spain in the World Cup Finals two years ago.

The team of Bert van Marwijk will play for the ninth time at the European Championship.

In qualifying for the Euro 2012 the Oranje team won 27 of 30 possible points.

Top Netherlands players include Dirk Kuyt, Ruud Van Nisterloy and Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael Van der Varta and Robin Van Persie.

Netherlands will clash with the Germans, the Portuguese and the Danes.

Netherlands Euro 2012 Squad

Goalkeepers: Tim Krul, Maarten Stekelenburg, Michel Vorm

Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz, Wilfred Bouma, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Gregory van der Wiel, Ron Vlaar, Jetro Willems

Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay, Mark van Bommel, Nigel de Jong, Stijn Schaars, Wesley Sneijder, Kevin Strootman, Rafael van der Vaart

Forwards: Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Luuk de Jong, Dirk Kuyt, Luciano Narsingh, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie

Netherlands Quick Facts

  • World Cup Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
  • European Championship Winners (1988)
  • Most Capped Player: Edwin van der Sar (130 caps from 1995 to 2009)
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