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Donadoni retains Azzurri hope

14 Jun 2008 - 11:53:49

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni looked for positives from his side's 1-1 draw with Romania, which left the Azzurri's Euro 2008 hopes hanging by a thread.

A dramatic late penalty save by Gianluigi Buffon kept Italy in the hunt for a quarter-final spot, although they need to beat France and hope that Romania fail to beat the Netherlands in the final round of games.

Donadoni commented: "We played well, we were determined and I am pleased with the performance.

"We pushed forward but we also suffered at times because Romania are a team to be reckoned with.

"Now we are facing the final game and have to get maximum points. We have not been fortunate so far, we hope it turns around.

"Those who didn't play today are certainly not to be pointed out as those guilty of the Holland defeat. We lose, win or draw every game with all 23 players.

"The next game will be very important and we will use this adrenalin to prepare for France.

"The players are disappointed because they did not get their rewards, but the disappointment is short-lived. It only lasts overnight because tomorrow we focus on the next game."


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