Balotelli out on the right now. Has the ball, has time, but has no one to pass to, and winds up losing the ball again. Here come Spain, fast and furious. Iniesta is cut down. Free kick. Buffon saves the eventual shot, thinks the half is over and boots upfield.
Here’s the half-time whistle now. Not a good first period for Italy and Mario. He and Cassano didn’t combine, and with Italy’s midfield outplayed by Spain, the two big forwards were largely under-utilized. How long into the second half will Italy even persevere with two strikers?