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2014 World Cup Qualifying Game Time Thread: Italy vs. Malta

Andrea Pirlo: Mountain man.
Andrea Pirlo: Mountain man.

So, that World Cup qualifying opener didn't exactly go all that well. I'd ry to come up with something sarcastic or witty to jot down in this post, but that's the damn truth.

Now it's time to — as much as possible — right those wrongs against a team that Italy really should get nothing other than three points against. I mean, Italy is a Euro 2012 finalist and Malta has basically been doing nothing but losing during the last few months.

And this has been your extensive pre-match summary of things. Come back for more the next time Italy plays.

UPDATE: Lineups!!

Italy (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Cassani, Barzagli, Bonucci, Peluso; Nocerino, Pirlo, Marchisio; Diamanti; Osvaldo, Destro

Malta (4-4-2): Hogg; Borg, Dimech, A Agius, Muscat; Herrera, Sciberras, Briffa,Bogdanovic; Mifsud, Schembri