Euro 2012:England vs Italy Quarter Finals

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Italy and England are set for a showdown in the quarterfinals. Both are squads that are coming off disappointing showings in the World Cup in 2010. However, the two soccer powerhouses have seemingly shrugged it off and performed well at England won Group D after drawing with France then defeating Sweden and Ukraine. The English have a new manager in Roy Hodgson and he has apparently been pushing the right buttons with his players. Italy finished second in Group C with two draws with Croatia and Spain then a 2-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland. have not met in a major international tournament in 22 years, but that long absence from each other is about to come to an end. Where: Olimpiyskiy in Kiev, Ukraine When: Sunday, June 24 at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Watch: ESPN Live Stream: ESPN3 Player to Watch for Midfielder Andrea Pirlo The 33-year-old midfielder is still one of the best in the world and is proving it thus far in Euro 2012. Of Italy`s four goals in the tournament, Pirlo has either scored or set up each one. He`s Italy`s most important player, as he does a little bit of everything for the Azzurri. Martin Rose/Getty Images The midfielder can provide adequate defensive support or be a viable attacking threat from the midfield. Thus far in Euro 2012, it`s evident that Pirlo makes Italy tick. Player to Watch for England:Midfielder Judging by their 2-0-1 record, you would think Watch England vs Italy Euro 2012 Online has been dominantbut you`d be wrong. The lone bright spot has been Steven Gerrard. Afterfor Euro 2012, the midfielder has assisted on three of England`s five goals in the tournament. Like Pirlo for Italy, Gerrard can do it all for England and is the catalyst for many of their goalsespecially in set pieces. Gerrard also has impressive striking ability (two shots on goal in Euro 2012) so don`t be surprised if the English Captain puts one in the back of the net.

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