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Euro - Pirlo free kick puts Italy ahead
POZNAN (Reuters) - Playmaker Andrea Pirlo curled in a 25-metre free kick to give Italy a 1-0 halftime lead over Croatia in their Euro 2012 Group C match on Thursday.
Pirlo's 39th-minute strike came immediately after Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa had made a superb double save to deny Claudio Marchisio.
Italy, who drew their opening game against Spain 1-1, were well worth their lead after creating a number of chances and looking dangerous every time they came forward.
Marchisio fizzed a long-range shot over the crossbar and Mario Balotelli had a shot parried by Pletikosa as he justified his inclusion over Antonio Di Natale with a lively performance.
Croatia beat Ireland 3-1 in their first match at the tournament.
(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ed Osmond; )
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