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Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Nobody: 3:41am On Nov 18, 2013
Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Balotelli are set to start up front for Italy in their friendly against Nigeria at Craven Cottage this evening.

Serie A top scorer Giuseppe Rossi has overcome tonsillitis and is expected to start for Italy against Nigeria alongside former Manchester City man Mario Balotelli.

The Azzurri managed a battling 1-1 draw with Germany in their last outing but will be strengthened in London by the return of Rossi.

Rossi has been in sensational form this season and leads the Serie A scoring chart with 11 goals to his name.

His strike partner Balotelli has had a much less enjoyable season for struggling AC Milan and has earned more headlines for off-the-field activities than his performances.

"Rossi is a versatile striker who can play as first or second striker," Italy boss Cesare Prandelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport, explaining his probable line-up for Nigeria.

"It's clear that if you use him as your point of reference up front then you have to co-ordinate the midfield around him, a little like Pep Guardiola has done over the last few years."

Balotelli returns to England where he had a turbulent time and Prandelli stressed what he is looking for from the Milan marksman.

"He needs to be more reactive," the ex-Fiorentina boss explained. "I'll ask him to move more off the ball."

Prandelli concluded with an assessment of Italy's opponents who have just booked their place at next summer's World Cup with victory over Ethiopia.

"Ten of their 11 players play in Europe," he said. "African players are physically strong and have improved tactically.

"I expect this game to be the same difficulty at the Italy-Nigeria game of the 1994 World Cup when the Azzurri had to dig deep to win."

Roberto Baggio was the hero of Italy's 2-1 extra-time win over Nigeria in the USA in 1994. Italy were headed out of the competition until his late equaliser and then he converted a penalty in the 102nd minute to seal progress to the quarter-finals.

http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2013/11/18/rossi-and-balotelli-to-lead-the-line-in-london/

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Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Nobody: 3:43am On Nov 18, 2013
hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2013/11/18/rossi-and-balotelli-to-lead-the-line-in-london/
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by onikstib: 3:55am On Nov 18, 2013
when is the time for the match ?
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Brimmie(m): 6:04am On Nov 18, 2013
Deadly!!
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by redcliff: 2:12pm On Nov 18, 2013
this match would somewhat decide our performance in next year's outing....Its the most major game for me since the new team buildup..

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Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by LesbianBoy(m): 2:13pm On Nov 18, 2013
We will still win them
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Leoneo(m): 2:14pm On Nov 18, 2013
Nig 3-0 Italy.

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Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by FUCKU: 2:14pm On Nov 18, 2013
Nigeria isn't Scared... This is their time.. COME ON MEN!!!
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Big4wig(m): 2:14pm On Nov 18, 2013
If Lionel Messi was a Nigerian....He'd still be playing for our Under 17

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Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by JimloveTM(m): 2:15pm On Nov 18, 2013
Leoneo: Nig 3-0 Italy.

Scored by Ideye, Musa and Ideye... u dey dream
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by LMAyedun(m): 2:15pm On Nov 18, 2013
No Wahala!!

My boyz can handle them.
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by ebosed: 2:15pm On Nov 18, 2013
redcliff: this match would somewhat decide our performance in next year's outing....Its the most major game for me since the new team buildup..

What about The Match with Spain at the confederation Cup? What about the match with Uruguay at the same tournament?
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by JimloveTM(m): 2:15pm On Nov 18, 2013
onikstib: when is the time for the match ?

8:45pm
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Nobody: 2:16pm On Nov 18, 2013
If you think the match will end in a draw CLICK LIKE

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Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by ekwerendi(m): 2:16pm On Nov 18, 2013
onikstib: when is the time for the match ?


the time is 8.45pm
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by JimloveTM(m): 2:16pm On Nov 18, 2013
ebosed:

What about The Match with Spain at the confederation Cup? What about the match with Uruguay at the same tournament?

u forgot to mention Tahiti grin
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by AntiSerious: 2:17pm On Nov 18, 2013
Eagles are ready............#GBAM!!!
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Nobody: 2:18pm On Nov 18, 2013
This super eagles are a buch of opportunists, except for one or two serious guys there. They were lucky against Ethiopia and I hope they will be taught a lesson today so that Keshi will know he needs some surgery in the team.
They should go watch Nigeria U17 team.

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Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by waterhouse071(m): 2:18pm On Nov 18, 2013
Thank GOD opponents are now using their first team to play friendly matches against us. They've really started to take us serious.

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Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by ednut1(m): 2:18pm On Nov 18, 2013
Italy 3 nigeria 1 undecided
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Nobody: 2:19pm On Nov 18, 2013
nigeria finna get ate like a snack

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Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Shollyps(m): 2:19pm On Nov 18, 2013
IF DEM LIK MAKE DEM USE MESSI RONALDO RVP...ALL I KNW IS DAT DEM GO CHOP AM 2NYT
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by iheanyi40(m): 2:21pm On Nov 18, 2013
we don't even stand a chance against dem we'll b lucky if we draw dem self
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Polio: 2:21pm On Nov 18, 2013
redcliff: this match would somewhat decide our performance in next year's outing....Its the most major game for me since the new team buildup..

No it wont decide it. There is going to be a lot of experimenting

If Nigeria fields most of the lads from saturday, factor fatigue into their performances - Squad wise!

Italy are not finalised yet, Nigeria is not finalised yet - regarding the world cup party, therefore it wont decide our performance in a tournament that is over 6 months away.....
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Nobody: 2:21pm On Nov 18, 2013
Nigeria 3 Italy 1





quote me!
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by slap1(m): 2:22pm On Nov 18, 2013
They should even bring the old Totti and Luca Toni. We fear no one! Go super eagles.
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by ucyoma(m): 2:22pm On Nov 18, 2013
ballotelli won't do much 2 hurt us, his in-laws
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by sweetiePe(f): 2:23pm On Nov 18, 2013
Italy-Nigeria Preview: Prandelli to rotate Azzurri against Super Eagles

Nigeria will hope to celebrate becoming the first African team to qualify for the World Cup with a win over Italy on Monday.

The two sides face each other in an international friendly at Fulham's Craven Cottage, and the Nigerians will undoubtedly be in buoyant mood after sealing their spot at Brazil 2014 with a 2-0 success against Ethiopia in Calabar on Saturday.

Goals from Victor Moses and Victor Obinna sealed a 4-1 aggregate victory, ensuring that the Africa Cup of Nations holders would qualify for their fifth finals in their last six attempts.

The win capped an excellent qualifying campaign for Stephen Keshi's side, who went unbeaten throughout their eight matches.

Victory against Italy would put the seal on a successful 2013, following on from February's triumph over Burkina Faso in the ACN final.

Defender Godfrey Oboabona was taken off on a stretcher 10 minutes into the second half of Saturday's game and could be a doubt for the trip to London.

They face an Italy side who were equally impressive in qualifying, as Cesare Prandelli's outfit also went unbeaten with six wins and four draws from their 10 fixtures in Group B of the European section.

Italy were given a stern test on Friday by Germany, who went in front at San Siro through Mats Hummels before AC Milan right-back Ignazio Abate earned his side a 1-1 draw to maintain Italy's record of having not lost to the Germans since 1995.

Prandelli will be without Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli, who limped out of Friday's clash with a thigh injury and has returned to his club.

After the draw with Germany, Prandelli said he plans to use Monday's game as a chance to rotate his squad.

"This team can certainly improve and we've got to focus on having the right fitness levels in Brazil," he said.

"We now have two days to recover and the plan is to put out an entirely new team in the next game."

In other news: Comparing me with Buffon is unnecessary, says Enyeama
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by oladoya(m): 2:24pm On Nov 18, 2013
if i hear say Nigeria win........... Then i will belief we will leave group stage in the world cup
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by vivaciousvivi(f): 2:24pm On Nov 18, 2013
Ermmmmm did I read Balotelli's name for real? The Italians know this is supposed to be a "friendly" yeah
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by isalegan2: 2:25pm On Nov 18, 2013
Bleep U: Nigeria isn't Scared... This is their time.. COME ON MEN!!!

I'm a little scared. shocked Thank God it's a friendly. smiley

slap1: They should even bring the old Totti and Luca Toni. We fear no one! Go super eagles.

grin grin grin grin cheesy
Re: Balotelli And Rossi To Lead Attack Against Nigeria by Nobody: 2:26pm On Nov 18, 2013
jeez!

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