Donadoni: Counting On Holland, Van Basten

Van Basten…Owning the Group of Death
Italy Coach Roberto Donadoni has given the Azzurri fans signs of maybe ‘relief’ after commenting that he is counting on former team-mate Marco Van Basten to field a team to beat Romania in the next Group C Matchday. Van Basten can knock out the World Cup Finalists if he simply fields a ‘weak’ side to rest his heroes for the quarter-finals. Romania are a strong side but exceptionally weak when compared to the Holland side that beat France and Italy. Yet we still have to see what the Holland contingent will do. This revives memories of 4 years ago when Denmark and Sweden played each other in a 2-2 draw and sent Italy packing from the group stage. It would be highly unprofessional from Holland to just leave Romania take the 3 points which will then put Romania on 5 points while Italy and France can only get a maximum of 4 points if one of them wins the late match.

Will these go Home Early this Summer? A Look at how Italy can make it…

 Italy Goes Through IF:

  • Italy Beats France and Holland beats Romania…Holland 9 points, Italy 4points
  • Italy Beat France and Holland draw Romania, Holland 7points, Italy 4 points
  • Italy Draw France, Holland beat Romania, Holland 9pts, Italy 2 pts…. Italy go through due to number of goals in the qualifying stage
  • Draw 0-0 with France and Romania lose 3-0 with Holland….Holland 9 pts, Italy 2pts… Italy through due to higher coefficients UEFA in respect to Romania

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