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Prandelli sees Italy positives in Nigeria draw




Cesare Prandelli believes Italy deserved more against Nigeria, but saw positive signs in the strike partnership of Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli.

The Azzurri were held to a 2-2 draw by the Super Eagles at Craven Cottage on Monday evening in international friendly action, needing a second half equaliser from Emanuele Giaccherini before a late Italian onslaught nearly gave rise to a winner.

And Prandelli thinks the performance in London overall was a positive one.

“The result betrays us, but it was a great game and we created many chances,” he told Rai Sport.

“I often see this sort of performance. It’s true that we suffer too much on set-pieces, but Nigeria’s first goal certainly should have been disallowed for a foul.”

“Rossi and Balotelli found themselves very well. In addition to scoring they exchanged well on several occasions.

“In the second half we opened up the match with two wide attackers looking for Alino [Alessandro Diamanti] between the lines, and things went well.”

The Italy boss went on to praise the work his side have done throughout the year in preparation for Brazil next summer.

“We go to the World Cup with many certainties, and a few things to consider,” he continued.

“The 2013 campaign has come to an end and been positive: we had a great Confederations Cup, and we qualified for the World Cup with two matches to spare.

“This group has done great things.”



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