Balotelli starts Italy vs Croatia

POZNAN (Sporting Alert) — Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano are amongst the starters for Italy for their Euro 2012 Group C clash against the on form Croatia at Municipal Stadium in Poznan.

The 2012 Euro tournament started on Friday, June 8 – games will be televised live on ESPN and its networks, including live streaming on ESPN3.com, ESPNDeportes and WatchESPN.com.

Manchester City forward Balotelli has been the headline recently and the pundits are gathering to see what he will do next. He will be partnered by AC Milan Cassano.

Antonio Di Natale, who scored against Spain in the 1-1 in the first game, is amongst the substitutes.

Mario Mandzukic and Nikica Jelavic, who scored in the 3-1 victory over Ireland in the opening group match and star playmaker Luka Modric head up the list of players in the starting line up for Croatia.

A win for Croatia would put them on path to move into the quarter-finals.

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Italy vs Croatia Teams

Italy: Buffon, Bonucci, De Rossi, Chiellini, Maggio, Marchisio, Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Giaccherni, Balotelli, Cassano
Subs: Sirigu, Ogbonna Obienza, Balzaretti, Abate, Barzagli, Montolivo, Diamanti, Nocerino, Di Natale, Borini, Giovinco, De Sanctis

Croatia: Pletikosa, Srna, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Strinic, Rakitic, Vukojevic, Modric, Perisic, Jelavic, Mandzukic
Subs: Kelava, Simunic, Buljat, Vrsaljko, Vida, Pranjic, Badelj, Dujmovic, Kranjcar, Kalinic, Eduardo, Subasic

Referee: Howard Webb (England)

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