In the final round of fixtures in the group stages of Euro 2023, Italy and Ireland go head to head in a match that the Italians must win, as Paddy Power announce a free bets offer and report plenty of money coming in from patriotic punters in support of Trapattoni’s men.
Ireland are playing for pride after being embarrassed by Spain last time out. They lost the game 4-0 and only have themselves to blame for a poor performance.
With two defeats in two games in the tournament, it is an early flight home for Giovanni Trapattoni’s men. However, they owe it to their incredible fans to put in a spirited performance and try and win the game.
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Trapattoni will be fuming with how his team have defended in Euro 2012. He had high hopes of building a side that was solid at the back and difficult to beat. Instead, they have gifted quality opposition easy goals.
Shay Given is usually ever reliable in-between the sticks but he has a tournament to forget, making mistakes in both games.
It is not all doom and gloom for Ireland though, don’t forget this is the first major competition they have qualified for in ten years. This now has to be a learning curve and they must to come back stronger in the 2014 World Cup.
As for Italy, after their 1-1 draw with Croatia last time out, they have left themselves with a lot to do if they are to make the final eight.
Claudio Prandelli’s men were wasteful in front of goal and look to be lacking a natural goal scorer, something that will cause concern for the supporters.
Mario Balotelli’s link up played was great on Thursday evening but he has not been clinical enough when in good positions.
A win is vital here and nothing else will do. If they don’t progress from the group, they will surly look back at that game against the Croats as one they should have won.
Don’t miss this fascinating evening of football on Monday where drama is all but guaranteed.