Sunday June 30, 2013
Kick off: 17:00
Arena Fonte Nova
Italy’s Claudio Marchisio did not take part in Saturday’s training session while Emanuele Giaccherini pulled out after only a few minutes and is therefore also not fit to play. Coach Cesare Prandelli admitted in his press conference that Daniele De Rossi, Alberto Gilardino and Giorgio Chiellini will need last-minute fitness tests. Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate had already left Brazil after suffering from a thigh strain and dislocated shoulder respectively, and both Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli were confirmed as unavailable by the Azzurri medical staff on Friday evening. The Italy players were visibly exhausted after playing 120 minutes and losing a penalty shoot-out with Spain on Thursday night.
Oscar Tabarez: “We will have to see how Italy turn up. Against Spain the real Man of the Match was (Cesare) Prandelli. He amazed everyone, playing on a par with the strongest team in the world. It’s possible they will be tired after playing extra time and are missing some important players, but I do not expect a weak side.
Cesare Prandelli: “Perhaps the whole formula of the competition should be reviewed in order to give teams a bit more time to recover, especially when you play in this heat. It might be risky to play at such a short distance of time.”