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Materazzi-Barzagli defensive pairing likely for Italy's Euro 2008 opener against Netherlands

Materazzi-Barzagli defensive pairing likely for Italy's Euro 2008 opener against Netherlands

Marco Materazzi paired with Andrea Barzagli in training Sunday in what appears will be Italy's central defensive pairing against the Netherlands at the European Championship.
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni is also considering Giorgio Chiellini to replace injured captain Fabio Cannavaro in the center of the Azzurri defense.
The World Cup champions open Euro 2008 on Monday against the Netherlands in Bern.
Right back Christian Panucci trained regularly for the second consecutive day after exiting practice Friday with a right knee injury. It remained unclear whether Panucci will start or not. If not, Gianluca Zambrotta will likely shift over to the right and Fabio Grosso will start at left back.


Updated : 2021-04-20 04:52 GMT+08:00