Spain Vs. Italy, Euro 2012: Antonio Di Natale Replaces Mario Balotelli

Spain look as though they just might want to score a goal in this half. They're coming further forward, putting themselves into more dangerous positions ... but then passing horizontally and backward. Andres Iniesta managed a decent attempt, coming in from a tight angle, but Daniele De Rossi did just enough to get a toe on the ball and force a corner. Perhaps DDR is not a true centre-back, but he's been one of the best on the pitch this evening.

The passing failed Spain soon after with Italy able to grab possession. Sergio Ramos attempted to regain control, but lost out when Mario Balotelli beat him in the air. Super Mario made a fatal mistake, however, wasting too much time and managing to miss his one on one against Iker Casillas, squandering possibly the best chance of the match.

Was it the wasted shot or the yellow card he's carrying that prompted Cesare Prandelli to remove Balotelli shortly thereafter? No matter, Antonio Di Natale has replaced him as Italy continue to search for a goal.

Follow along here, our Spain vs. Italy, Euro 2012 StoryStream, for live coverage of the match. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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