POZNAN, Poland: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli denied his side lack character after they failed to hold onto a lead for the second game in a row at Euro 2012.The Azzurri have now drawn both their opening two games 1-1 against, first Spain last Sunday and then Croatia on Thursday.
Having held the lead for just three minutes against the world champions, they conceded an equaliser 18 minutes from time against Croatia, leaving them third in Group C.
Italy trail both Spain and Croatia by two points and must beat Ireland in their final group game to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
In both games Italy have been holding on at the end and Prandelli says the problem is they do not have the physical condition to maintain their intensity for an entire match.“I don’t think we lack character. After 70 minutes our physical condition drops,” he said.