Italy make big changes for Uruguay decider

Robert Cianflone

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has altered his formation and personnel for their key clash with Uruguay, while Óscar Tabárez has named an unchanged lineup.

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Bracket'

Uruguay 1, Italy 0: Uruguay squeeze past Italy and into knockouts

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has made four changes to his lineup ahead of their crucial clash with Uruguay. The Azzurri need only a draw to progress into the knockout stages, though a defeat would see them heading home already.

It's perhaps not surprising, therefore, that Prandelli is playing a little more conservatively. He's brought Leonardo Bonucci into the side as a third centre-back, while Daniele De Rossi and Thiago Motta make way for Marco Verratti and the returning wing-back Mattia De Sciglio. Winger Antonio Candreva is out, with striker Ciro Immobile in.

Uruguay, on the other hand, are unchanged after they beat England to keep their hopes of progressing alive.

Italy starting lineup (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli; Mattia De Sciglio, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo, Marco Verratti, Matteo Darmian; Mario Balotelli, Ciro Immobile.

Uruguay starting lineup (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Álvaro Pereira, Diego Godín, José María Giménez, Martín Cáceres; Cristian Rodríguez, Egidio Árevalo Ríos, Nicolás Lodeiro, Álvaro González; Edinson Cavani, Luis Suárez.

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