MANILA, Philippines – With the final round of Group stage matchups underway, two former champions are fighting for survival. (World Cup: Italy, Uruguay fight for survival)
Italy, led by controversial striker Mario Balotelli, and Uruguay, led by the surging Luiz Suarez, will bring their sides into battle with a final Group D spot in the group of 16 at stake. Italy needs just a point with a draw to advance while Uruguay must defeat Italy due to inferior goal difference.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has hinted at using the untried strike partnership of Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile as Italy seek the point to avoid falling out at the group stage for the second straight World Cup finals.
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