EURO 2012

Prandelli lashes UEFA over schedule

Cesare Prandelli's Italy will meet fellow European giants Germany on Thursday.
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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has criticized UEFA over a European Championship schedule that provides Germany with two more days of rest than the Azzurri entering Thursday's semifinals.

Germany comfortably beat Portugal 4-2 on Friday, while Italy required extra time and a penalty shootout to get past England in a match that began Sunday evening and finished early Monday morning.

Prandelli says ''UEFA needs to re-examine the schedule for the next tournament. Either you extend the tournament or you find (other) solutions. Otherwise you have finals that are not very spectacular.''

Prandelli has now turned his attention to Thursday night's showdown against Germany in Warsaw.

"We have only celebrated for 10 minutes," Prandelli said. "We have turned the page and our focus is already on Germany.

"The Germans alongside Spain are favourites to win the European Championship.

"I'm not the first to discover how good they (the Germans) are, they are playing very well."

The Azzurri face a major test in the last four as Germany have won all of their games so far in Poland and Ukraine.

Joachim Low's men, runners-up at Euro 2008, brushed aside Greece 4-2 last Friday to record their fourth straight triumph in the tournament.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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