Today, Italy sealed its pass to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with just two games to go in the qualifiers. Italy did it by making a comeback against the Czech Republic who had made it a bit difficult for the Azzurri to accomplish.
As reported on Tuesday afternoon, the Italian soccer team, at home, gets classified mathematically for the World Cup early, with two games to go. Usually, the Azzurri often leaves the last game in this qualification process to pass into the best international soccer tournament in the World.
The first half of Tuesday's meeting was marked by the initial thrust of the Czech Republic on the break, and the lack of success from Mario Balotelli, who had four clear chances to score that failed to materialize, including a shot that hit the crossbar.
The Czechs had scored in the 19th minute via Libor Kozak. The Czechs looked great in the first half, as they had shut down the Italians, especially Balotelli.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini headed the first goal for the Italians from a corner kick in the second half to tie the game.
Later, AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli took a penalty and made it 2-1 for Italy. With that, Italy got the three points required to pass.
So, with two games left in group play, Italy has 20 points and leads Group B of the UEFA World Cup qualifiers, which is already enough for their ticket to Brazil.