EURO 2012 Quarter-finals; England vs. Italy Preview, Prediction and Pick

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England will meet Italy in EURO 2012 quarter-finals after both team hit before the EURO 2012. Who will win and advance into semi-finals?. Check the England vs. Italy match preview, prediction, pick, head to head, analysis, lineups, scores, highlight and result Full Story
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ahmed

United States

#1 Jun 20, 2012
italy will win by 2 goals to nil baloteli will score double insha allah
David

Delhi, India

#2 Jun 20, 2012
England will win 1-0
venez

Toronto, Canada

#3 Jun 20, 2012
it will be a very close and difficult team for both teams, but italy is probably better equipped and more experienced at this type of siege metality do or die game and will probably find a way to prevail.
Andrew

Georgetown, Guyana

#4 Jun 20, 2012
England to win 2-1
mohamed

UAE

#5 Jun 20, 2012
Italians will move on pirlo and derossi

“Timshel”

Since: Jan 12

Tulsa, OK

#6 Jun 21, 2012
England 2-1 FTW.

“I can't stand giving up ”

Since: Jun 12

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#7 Jun 22, 2012
Will be close could see it going 2 extra time but England with 2-1 win Rooney & Young
(even tho I'm a Tottenham fan) but I don't care who scores just that we will win ;)

“Timshel”

Since: Jan 12

Tulsa, OK

#8 Jun 22, 2012
Yea I'm thinking Roo and Walcott scoring the 2 or maybe Chamberlain if he gets the time. The Gunner wingers look dangerous and Young seems a bit timid and out of place at the moment and I'm a United fan.

Sorry to here about Harry being sacked. Absolute shocker. Where you think Modric will end up if he leaves?

“I can't stand giving up ”

Since: Jun 12

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#9 Jun 22, 2012
Thinking maybe rest young use him as a sub & start walcott this time. & yeah I know mate some spurs fans are asking 2 much from the club atm we not like city or chelsea we didn't buy our way 2 get where we are. Not long ago we was lucky just 2 finish in the top half u know harry took us bottom 2 8th then 4.5.4 that's really good 4 us man u no worries I gotta my coz & mates support them & Modric I can see going 2 Madrid sorry if anything I want him out the country

“Timshel”

Since: Jan 12

Tulsa, OK

#10 Jun 22, 2012
Yea I just don't understand getting rid of Harry. Doesn't make sense right now at all.

So many fellow United supporters want Modric. I'm personally not sold on him in the EPL. Yes, he has his moments but all players do. The great ones just have more of them and more regularly and Modric seems to go quiet for long spells in big games especially. I might be wrong. I wouldn't want him at United though as I've been wanting Sneijder but hopefully Kagawa will fit.
dodi

Cambridge, Canada

#12 Jun 24, 2012
the game was not as close as i thought it was going to be. at the end of the day it turned into a one sided affair, italy could have easily won by two or three goals and italy did deserve to win the game even if it was on penalties. germany has never beaten italy in world cup or euro cup competition.
firmus1

Columbia, MD

#15 Jun 25, 2012
fo0r those of you that think Germany is going to walk all over the Italian team....let me set the record straight for you........in international play.......historically.....Ge rmany has never defeated Italy head to head..........ever.
Germany let a badly over matched Greece score two goals against them.......Italy's defense and offensive attack is at least twice that of Greece.
Italy 1 Germany 0.....you heard it here first.

“Timshel”

Since: Jan 12

Tulsa, OK

#16 Jun 25, 2012
firmus1 wrote:
fo0r those of you that think Germany is going to walk all over the Italian team....let me set the record straight for you........in international play.......historically.....Ge rmany has never defeated Italy head to head..........ever.
Germany let a badly over matched Greece score two goals against them.......Italy's defense and offensive attack is at least twice that of Greece.
Italy 1 Germany 0.....you heard it here first.
It's hard to disagree with you. I can see a 1-0 grind out classic Italian victory or a high scoring affair(5+ goals total)which would favor Germany especially if Germany score first.

Italy's defense wasn't impregnable vs. England it was more that England found every way they could to muck up and choke to remain historically accurate. England could've easily had 2 goals and Germany if given those same chances more than likely will NOT choke. Will be a great game to watch for sure.
firmus1

Columbia, MD

#17 Jun 26, 2012
_Jusayin_ wrote:
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It's hard to disagree with you. I can see a 1-0 grind out classic Italian victory or a high scoring affair(5+ goals total)which would favor Germany especially if Germany score first.
Italy's defense wasn't impregnable vs. England it was more that England found every way they could to muck up and choke to remain historically accurate. England could've easily had 2 goals and Germany if given those same chances more than likely will NOT choke. Will be a great game to watch for sure.
ouch...we must have been watching different games.
Italy controlled the ball 65% of the time, had 20 shots on goal compared to england's 4, had 15 shots off target compared to england's 5. by those stats alone it is apparent england was very lucky to draw.

however, i will agree that if germany manages to get its offense going....it will a long day for italy. their defense is not that of years past.....that's for sure.

“Timshel”

Since: Jan 12

Tulsa, OK

#18 Jun 26, 2012
firmus1 wrote:
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ouch...we must have been watching different games.
Italy controlled the ball 65% of the time, had 20 shots on goal compared to england's 4, had 15 shots off target compared to england's 5. by those stats alone it is apparent england was very lucky to draw.
however, i will agree that if germany manages to get its offense going....it will a long day for italy. their defense is not that of years past.....that's for sure.
No, we saw the same match and it was painfully obvious Italy controlled basically the entire match. I didn't bring that up because I thought it was obvious to everyone. It's just that England actually had 3 point blank shots on Buffon. 1 by Johnson, Rooney skied a header from a few feet out and Young just had to place it in the bottom right with the inside of his foot but hits the defender who's on the ground square in the back.

Most of Italy's shots on goal were from distance and harmless. The ones that hit the posts DeRossi's was a mis hit and the other was a cross into the box.

All in all, yes while Italy controlled the game they also didn't put as much pressure as you'd think they could have on England due to England's defense actually being the only real bright spot and Italy's attack being lackluster. There really wasn't much of anything scary about Italy's build up and box play and if England could have actually held onto the ball and strung a few more consecutive passes together they really could've won.

“Timshel”

Since: Jan 12

Tulsa, OK

#19 Jun 26, 2012
Can you honestly say Italy dominated the game vs. England like the Spaniards do to basically everyone else? Or, was it that England allowed Italy the possession with the intent on countering? I tend to see it as England allowed most of it. It's just England was so bloody poor once they got the ball it just made Italy look that much better.

I'm not English and slightly biased or nothin... ;)
firmus1

Columbia, MD

#20 Jun 27, 2012
_Jusayin_ wrote:
Can you honestly say Italy dominated the game vs. England like the Spaniards do to basically everyone else? Or, was it that England allowed Italy the possession with the intent on countering? I tend to see it as England allowed most of it. It's just England was so bloody poor once they got the ball it just made Italy look that much better.
I'm not English and slightly biased or nothin... ;)
nahhhh...i never suspected you might be.......:)

did you watch spain vs italy? the spanish didn't dominate play in that game....in fact, they were lucky that a slight lapse in the italian defense allowed them a score. actually......they were very lucky balotelli played like the headcase he is.......
he blew enough chances that he could have easily scored a hattrick against the english.
england depends too much on the hail mary pass plays to have an effective offense, they've been playing that sort of football for the past 60 years...you'd think they'd evolve a bit by now.

anyways........germany vs italy looks to be a great pairing.......

“Timshel”

Since: Jan 12

Tulsa, OK

#21 Jun 27, 2012
firmus1 wrote:
<quoted text> did you watch spain vs italy? the spanish didn't dominate play in that game....in fact, they were lucky that a slight lapse in the italian defense allowed them a score. actually......they were very lucky balotelli played like the headcase he is.......
he blew enough chances that he could have easily scored a hattrick against the english.
Yea I watched it and you're right but we all know Spain in the last 4-5 years would never resort to parking the bus and relying on a weak counter attack like England is doing. Italy took it to them physically with no fear and a good game plan and almost came out with a win. Barcelona has lost when played like that and it's the blueprint on how to beat Spain.
firmus1 wrote:
<quoted text> england depends too much on the hail mary pass plays to have an effective offense, they've been playing that sort of football for the past 60 years...you'd think they'd evolve a bit by now.
Christ! I hate it when England resort to their archaic long ball style or lack thereof. I was hoping that crap would end when Shearer retired from playing and consulting but it seems so ingrained in their DNA now they just can't help but resort to it when their original game plan gets busted.

It's funny too, no team in the EPL plays long ball like England's national team does outside of whatever team happens to have Crouch at that time and that's only a handful of times per game to keep the back line honest.

English football needs a new culture brought in but they need a clear out first. At this point I'd say none of the starting 11's job is safe except for Hart. Get rid of them all because they've had too much time to prove they can produce and they play like an Under-8 team most times...pathetic.
firmus1

Columbia, MD

#22 Jun 27, 2012
_Jusayin_ wrote:
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Yea I watched it and you're right but we all know Spain in the last 4-5 years would never resort to parking the bus and relying on a weak counter attack like England is doing. Italy took it to them physically with no fear and a good game plan and almost came out with a win. Barcelona has lost when played like that and it's the blueprint on how to beat Spain.
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Christ! I hate it when England resort to their archaic long ball style or lack thereof. I was hoping that crap would end when Shearer retired from playing and consulting but it seems so ingrained in their DNA now they just can't help but resort to it when their original game plan gets busted.
It's funny too, no team in the EPL plays long ball like England's national team does outside of whatever team happens to have Crouch at that time and that's only a handful of times per game to keep the back line honest.
English football needs a new culture brought in but they need a clear out first. At this point I'd say none of the starting 11's job is safe except for Hart. Get rid of them all because they've had too much time to prove they can produce and they play like an Under-8 team most times...pathetic.
i think english league soccer, like that of all of european league teams is being transformed and influenced by the influx of foreign players and foreign coaches/managers. this is probably why the epl has lately relied less on the long ball game....but when you put an all english team with an all english coach.....they go back to the old standby tactic.........well....that's my theory.........

anyways....enjoy spain-portugal..........i'm at work and will only be able to watch the highlights later tonight!!

“Timshel”

Since: Jan 12

Tulsa, OK

#23 Jun 27, 2012
firmus1 wrote:
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i think english league soccer, like that of all of european league teams is being transformed and influenced by the influx of foreign players and foreign coaches/managers. this is probably why the epl has lately relied less on the long ball game....but when you put an all english team with an all english coach.....they go back to the old standby tactic.........well....that's my theory.........
anyways....enjoy spain-portugal..........i'm at work and will only be able to watch the highlights later tonight!!
It's being influenced yes but when is the last time you saw a Roy Hodgson club side play out and out long ball? He's never coached it and the players individually for their clubs all play a fast paced attacking style WITH possession...Maybe the Queen likes the long ball and tells them what to do? I don't know. It's truly baffling.

Sorry you have to work but it's halftime and you're not missing much in the game. No real chances from either side to speak of but Portugal isn't backing down which is nice.

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