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Euro 2012 Match 13 - Italy v Croatia

Mario Balotelli (credit: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/GettyImages)
Italy take on Croatia this evening in Euro 2012 Group C.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli could drop Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, with Antonio Di Natale in line to start after coming off the bench and scoring against Spain at the weekend.

Prandelli could stick with Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi as a makeshift centre-back as Andrea Barzagli is still not ready to return.

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic may make changes to the side that beat Ireland at the weekend.

The Croats have a good record in this fixture and since gaining independence are unbeaten in their five games against Italy, recording three wins and two draws.

Italy came up against Croatia at the 2002 World Cup and were on the losing side on that occasion, and they go into this game aware that they have failed to win their second group match at the last five major tournaments.

Another win for Croatia this time around would guarantee they progress to the quarter-finals.

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