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  • March 25, 2011
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Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Slovenia - Italy

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Slovenia - Italy

Italy will look to pull away from Slovenia at the top of Group C...


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Slovenia: S. Handanovic; Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic; Radosavljevic; Birsa, Ilicic, Koren; Novakovic, Matavz

Slovenia


Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Balzaretti; Montolivo, Motta, Aquilani, Mauri; Pazzini, Cassano

Italy




DID YOU KNOW?
  • Slovenia have picked up two wins over Italy in their last five encounters (W2 D1 L2).
  • Slovenia have yet to lose to the Azzurri at home (W1 D1).
  • The last four matches between the teams have been decided by a single goal.
  • Seven players in the Slovenian squad currently ply their trade in Serie A.
  • Tim Matavz has scored three goals in three games in the qualifying campaign.
  • Italy are currently three points ahead of Slovenia at the top of Group C.
  • Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli were left out of the squad for disciplinary reasons.
  • Six different players have scored for Italy during the current qualifying campaign.
  • Antonio Cassano leads the Azzurri in scoring with two goals.
  • Andrea Ranocchia was unable to shake off his knee injury and has been ruled out of Friday's encounter.

LAST MEETING

 

October 8, 2005: Italy 1-0 Slovenia

Italy qualified for the 2006 World Cup with a narrow win over Slovenia at the Renzo Barbera in Palermo. Cristian Zaccardo was the hero as he came off the bench to net the winner in the 77th minute.

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