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Italy vs Croatia, Euro 2012: Open Thread

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Kicking off the first of the two Group C games today is Italy against Croatia. The Italians are boosted after their great draw against Spain, while Croatia is flying high after defeating Ireland. Despite good starts for both teams, who will win today in the battle for supremacy?

The battle today may be fought in the air. Croatia is the tallest team in Euro 2012, while Italy is the third shortest, on average. How much of an impact will Jelavic have for the Croatians? We shall have to wait and see.

Before, during and after today’s games, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

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26 Responses to Italy vs Croatia, Euro 2012: Open Thread

  1. Dust says:

    Ok, Corluka, is a huge liability for Croatia, luka can only do so much, Italy I think will just be too much, baloteli seeking retribution for the first game.

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  3. Guy says:

    Just seems a matter of time for Italy. Can’t see this one being scoreless at halftime.

  4. Jim says:

    Well, at least Mario didn’t go off the handle that time. Going with 75% likely he won’t be playing against Ireland in the next match. I just don’t see him keeping his composure if things get tough later in the match.

  5. dust says:

    Webb putting in another good performance, he is by far the best ref at the tournament.

  6. dust says:

    Italy are playing very well, they could go on and win this thing! I didn’t expect them to feature much in the tourney.

  7. dust says:

    What a goal!

  8. Cody says:

    First free kick goal?

  9. Ben says:

    Girls are looking better every day on EPL TALK:-)

  10. Andrei says:

    That was nasty hit. A bit harsh but could have been a red card.

  11. Dust says:

    An announcement asking fans to “not throw firey objects on the field”. LOL that should stop it, I’m sure if he person that threw the flare on in the first place would have obviously reconsidered his actions if the announcement was only a few minutes sooner lol.

  12. Dust says:

    That’s a poor decision by the linesman, no way was he offside, that’s twice now.

  13. Alex Wolcott says:

    Croatia is kind of a sleeper team here – per the FIFA rankings they rank 4th out of the 16 teams in this tournament.

    Those ratings have their flaws, needless to say, but their play in both of these matches certainly leaves them nothing to be ashamed of.

  14. Alex Wolcott says:

    Make that 5th, but still nothing to sneeze at.

  15. Andrei says:

    Italy is really unlucky with the offside decisions today.

  16. Dust says:

    How many times did baloteli score inthe last 5 minutes of games last season? He shoulda still be on, maybe they are worried about the yellow cards? I would start ate baloteli the sub and keep him til the end. Waste of a clutch player.

  17. Paul says:

    why sub balotelli? they should have subbed cassno for Di natale instead.

  18. Andrei says:

    Now Ireland needs to upset Spain to make things really interesting.

  19. Dust says:

    Croatia needed the win, Spain beat ireland, Spain will beat or draw against croatia, Italy will beat Ireland. That’s a shame for Croatia.

  20. Dust says:

    This next game could be very very messy for Ireland, it could get brutal very quickly., Torres is starting he will score I think, Ireland defense is not good

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