First chance for Balotelli. Substitute defender Balzaretti crosses from the left. Up goes our boy, but Casillas is there first to push away. Still Pirlo, who engineered everything that Italy have done well in this tournament, can’t find a way to impose himself on the game.
Balotelli instrumental now in an attack that ends up with Cassano shooting weakly at Casillas. Italy’s best period of the game so far.
Pirlo takes a free kick barely inside the Spanish half and attempts a ridiculously optimistic shot, which goes wide.