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2 vs 0
Played
June 18, 2012 7:45 PM BST
INEA stadion — Poznań
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 38794‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Italy 2-0 Ireland

A comfortable victory for Prandelli's side as goals from Cassano and Balotelli put them through to the knockout stages and seal a third defeat for the Irish

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    258
    38
    2.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Had one decent save to make all night but kept his concentration well. Was shown a yellow card for a long and pointless argument with the referee.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    205
    35
    2.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    He kept his composure and won his headers before going off with an injury.

  • Federico Balzaretti
    154
    197
    2.00

    Federico Balzaretti

    Received yellow card for a needless handball and made several nervous decisions.

  • Ignazio Abate
    226
    51
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    He kept his flank safe and played the ball out well from the back, yet he rarely moved forward to join the attacks.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    226
    23
    2.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    Calm night for Juventus’ defender as he stood firm throughout the game.

  • Thiago Motta
    92
    128
    2.00

    Thiago Motta

    His clever backheel after the break was particularly impressive in an improved performance after anonymous display in the first half.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    160
    91
    2.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Rarely influenced the game as he failed to create danger, often drifting away too wide from the play of his team.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    293
    24
    2.50

    Daniele De Rossi

    Ran all over the pitch and his passing was impressive, yet he wasted two clear chances to score a goal in each half.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    286
    43
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Had a really poor start but then rose to his usual role for Italy and again was at the centre of each of his team's attacks.

  • Antonio Cassano
    471
    35
    3.50

    Antonio Cassano Top of the Match

    Scored when his team needed it most, then created chances with clever passes after dropping back to find the space.

  • Antonio Di Natale
    216
    49
    3.00

    Antonio Di Natale

    Showed clever movement and brilliance with most of his intelligent passes before being dragged off for Balotelli.

Substitutions

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    201
    26
    2.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    A good, calm performance from the Italian substitute defender.

  • Mario Balotelli
    591
    31
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    Scored a great goal from a difficult position to seal victory and caused a lot of problems to Ireland’s defence after coming off the bench.

  • Alessandro Diamanti
    143
    83
    2.00

    Alessandro Diamanti

    Introduced for impressive Cassano and failed to keep up with his high standards.

  • Shay Given
    31
    47
    1.50

    Shay Given

    Nervous in goal from the start, Aston Villa’s keeper rarely moved off his line and made silly mistakes all night.

  • Sean St Ledger
    40
    17
    3.00

    Sean St Ledger

    He denied the Italians a goal twice with his great clearances and blocks in what was an impressive performance at the back.

  • Stephen Ward
    9
    29
    1.50

    Stephen Ward

    His performance got better as soon as Cassano was subbed but he had a lot of problems tracking him and Di Natale in the early stages.

  • John O'Shea
    16
    42
    1.50

    John O'Shea

    Stupid yellow card and he gave away unnecessary fouls in dangerous positions throughout the 90 minutes, allowing Balotelli to score.

  • Richard Dunne
    19
    24
    2.00

    Richard Dunne

    Despite his well-timed clearances, Dunne was saved several times by team-mates due to his poor positioning.

  • Glenn Whelan
    12
    26
    1.50

    Glenn Whelan

    His passing was poor as he found himself out of position too often, losing Motta and De Rossi. Almost conceded a penalty in the first half as well.

  • Aiden McGeady
    19
    27
    2.50

    Aiden McGeady

    Showed his trickery a few times but, two decent crosses apart, he failed to create chances for his team-mates.

  • Keith Andrews
    25
    72
    1.00

    Keith Andrews Flop of the Match

    Very poor performance from the midfielder. He started very aggressively and kept it that way until he was eventually sent off for dissent. His mistake allowed Cassano to head the first goal in.

  • Damien Duff
    44
    20
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    Celebrating his 100th cap he was active as ever, causing problems with constant pressing and clever runs inside before fading away as the game went on.

  • Kevin Doyle
    25
    25
    3.00

    Kevin Doyle

    Tracked back well to bother Pirlo a few times but his attacking performance suffered and he never threatened up front.

  • Robbie Keane
    27
    34
    2.00

    Robbie Keane

    Poor first touch cost him losing possession several times on another dismal performance from LA Galaxy’s striker.

Substitutions

  • Jonathan Walters
    13
    20

    Jonathan Walters

    Failed to make an impression during the little time he was given.

  • Shane Long
    21
    19
    2.00

    Shane Long

    Introduced for McGeady and made an instant impact in an improved performance from the whole team in the second half.

  • Simon Cox
    14
    18

    Simon Cox

    Late sub for Robbie Keane.

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