Sunday 25 February 2018

Mario Balotelli clockwatch

Mario Balotelli has a shot on goal during the game. Photo: Getty Images
Mario Balotelli has a shot on goal during the game. Photo: Getty Images

One minute: Scuffs hugely ambitious 40-yard half-volley straight at Joe Hart.

17: Wins free-kick wide on the right after a push by Joleon Lescott.

25: Beats England's offside trap onto Andrea Pirlo's long ball over the top but hesitates long enough to allow Terry to get in a superb recovery challenge.

32: Sends an acrobatic half-volley from Riccardo Montolivo's clipped pass straight at Hart.

38: Plays in Antonio Cassano for a 20-yard drive that Hart palms to safety.

39: Muted claims for a penalty after going down while surging past Lescott.

41: Narrowly fails to get decisive contact on Cassano's knockdown from Pirlo's brilliant pass.

43: Drills over from 25 yards.

45: Appears involved in a heated discussion with Cassano as the players leave the field for half-time.

52: Terry just beats him to Ignazio Abate's cross. Balotelli then sends a rebound straight at Hart after the goalkeeper spills De Rossi's shot.

60: Tees himself up expertly for a bicycle kick but sends it over the crossbar.

79: Beaten to a cross by Hart's punch.

96: Just fails to get a toe on another ball over the top of England's static defence.

100: Rifles another 20-yarder straight at Hart.

112: Smashes 30-yard free-kick over the bar.

Penalty shootout: Scores Italy's first penalty in the shootout, beating Hart to his right.

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