Italy vs. Czech Republic: Lineups

Claudio Villa

Italy pick a typically narrow formation with Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy leading the line as they take on the Czech Republic.

Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli start up front for Italy as they face the Czech Republic in what will be a key game if the hosts want to secure their grip on the top spot.

Andrea Pirlo and Riccardo Montolivo are at the base and tip of the midfield diamond respectively, with Daniele de Rossi and Claudio Marchisio in the middle. Giorgio Chiellini is chosen at left-back, with Ignazio Abate on the other side.

Meanwhile, Libor Kozak starts up front for the Czech Republic, with Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky just behind providing support from midfield.

Italy starting line-up (4-1-2-1-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Andrea Pirlo; Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio; Riccardo Montolivo; Stephan El Shaarawy, Mario Balotelli.

Czech Republic starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Theodor Gebre Selassie, Tomas Sivok, Michal Kadlec, David Limbersky; Vladimir Darida, Tomas Hubschman; Petr Jiracek, Tomas Rosicky, Jaroslav Plasil; Libor Kozak.

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