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Materazzi and Barzagli get start at center of Italy's defense with Cannavaro out

Materazzi and Barzagli get start at center of Italy's defense with Cannavaro out

Marco Materazzi and Andrea Barzagli started in central defense for Italy against the Netherlands at the European Championship on Monday with captain Fabio Cannavaro out injured.
Netherlands coach Marco Van Basten sprang a major surprise when he picked Khalid Boulahrouz instead of John Heitinga in central defense.
Cannavaro was ruled out of Euro 2008 after injuring his ankle a week ago in Italy's opening training session.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was named Italy's captain, since Alessandro Del Piero remained on the bench.
Christian Panucci was picked at right back despite pulling a tendon in his right knee at training last week.
The only mild surprise for Italy in the teams' Group C opener was that Massimo Ambrosini was elected ahead of Daniele De Rossi in midfield, with coach Roberto Donadoni opting for the AC Milan trio of Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo and Ambrosini.
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Lineups:
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Christian Panucci, Andrea Barzagli, Marco Materazzi, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini, Mauro Camoranesi, Luca Toni, Antonio Di Natale.
Netherlands: Edwin van der Sar, Andre Ooijer, Joris Mathijsen, Khalid Boulahrouz, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Orlando Engelaar, Nigel de Jong, Dirk Kuyt, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Ruud van Nistelrooy.


Updated : 2021-05-10 02:55 GMT+08:00