'In or out': Italy and Uruguay battle to advance

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 22, 2014 at 8:30 am •  Published: June 22, 2014
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NATAL, Brazil (AP) — Luis Suarez and Uruguay are full of momentum after beating England.

Mario Balotelli and Italy are struggling to recover after a draining loss to Costa Rica.

Two teams in completely different states — both mentally and physically — meet Tuesday and only one of them will advance to the second round of the World Cup.

"I'm enjoying this moment," Suarez said after scoring both goals in the 2-1 win over England.

However, Italy holds the edge in terms of result options due to a better goal difference.

If the Azzurri win or draw they go through, while Uruguay must win to reach the last 16.

Costa Rica has already advanced and leads Group D with six points from two games. Italy and Uruguay have three points each and England has already been eliminated with zero points.

"We have only one necessity now," Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. "We must regain our energy. ... With this match either you're in or you're out and I'm hoping to see an Italy with a different approach."

That was why Prandelli put an emphasis on sprinting in training Sunday, instructing his players to rush into the area at full speed before attempting shots on goal.

The match at the Arena das Dunas — named after this coastal city's massive sand dunes — will start at 1 p.m. local time (noon EDT/1600 GMT), meaning that heat could be an issue again.

Prandelli is also tinkering with potential formation and lineup changes. He faces widespread calls to insert Ciro Immobile alongside Mario Balotelli in attack.

Immobile led Serie A with 22 goals — none of them penalties — for Torino before signing with Borussia Dortmund just days before departing for Brazil. But his only appearance so far in this tournament was in the final 17 minutes of the 2-1 win over England.



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