Italy’s chances in Brazil next year are in no small part resting on his left foot, I would think. Hoping he stays healthy.
But a noble effort it was, and that the Italians were an inch away from victory late in the match (Giaccherini will have nightmares about that ball ricocheting off the upright for months) is an encouraging sign for 2014.
Now, if they can find a way to channel the best of Super Mario and control the worst…look out world.
They’re still the class of Serie A despite all the controversy a few years back, but a long way to go yet to once again be the class of Europe as a whole.
What a goal. What touch!
Brazil: I’m no expert, but I’m guessing four defenders camping around Balotelli waiting for the other guy to press the attack at the top of the box isn’t a good strategy.