While Italy would count on the rich experience of Andrea Pirlo, who has looked in great form , in spite of his age. Mario Balotelli also needs to be closely defended by the Uruguayans, for the player is all about class, though, unpredictable. On his given day, he can rip any defense apart.
But, Italy would be missing the services of Daniele De Rossi, as he picked up a knee injury in the last match against Costa Rica. Marco Verratti could be an ideal replacement for the Italians.
One can expect a tough clash between the two sides, who not only depend on their star players, but are a hard working unit, where they are going to make life tough for their opponent. The last time these two teams clashed was in the Confederations Cup 2013, where Italy turned victorious via penalty kicks. Even a draw for the Italians tonight would be enough to grab the second spot, while Uruguay needs a win to reach the round of 16.
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