Monday, 4 June 2012

Euro 2012 latest: Italy 2 Spain 2

AN Italian newspaper has taken the brave step of publishing a Euro 2012 wall chart with all of the Azzurri's results already filled in.

Today's La Gazzetta Dello Sport even carries full match reports on all three of Italy's group matches, even though their campaign doesn't begin until Sunday.

In the introduction to the wall chart, the paper says: “Here is your chance to relive the drama of our 2-2 draw with Spain, the ecstasy of our 3-1 win over Croatia and the agony of our 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland – without having to wait for the matches themselves.”

The paper reveals that Italy will safely progress from Group C on goal difference, only to lose to France in the quarter-finals courtesy of a last minute penalty, conceded when eight Italian players handle the ball at the same time.

The wall chart has received praise from industry insiders, although fears have been raised that there is currently no great interest in football in Italy, with half the population in jail for match-fixing and the other half at a giant bunga bunga party.

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