Euro 2012 Quarterfinal: England vs. Italy (Match Day Commentary)June 24, 2012 • By Soccer By Ives
The must highly-anticipated match of the Euro 2012 quarterfinals is here, as England and Italy square off in a match that should be the most exciting of the round (2:45pm, ESPN).
England comes in having finished in first place in Group D, rattling off a 2-0-1 record in the group. They take on an Italy side that also managed a similar 2-0-1 unbeaten record in its group. One one side you have Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Joe Hart. On the other side you have the volatile Mario Balotelli, the legendary Gianluigi Buffon and the incomparable Andrea Pirlo.
The star-studded affair could come down to how England deals with Pirlo, and how England deal with Balotelli. The match-up features the strongest set of goalkeepers to face off in this tournament, and a potential penalty shootout would be hard to handicap.
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Enjoy the action (Today's commentary is after the jump):