Sep 10, 2013 at 7.45pm UK
Italy
2-1
Czech Republic
Chiellini (52'), Balotelli (56' pen.)
Balotelli (30')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Kozak (19')
Kolar (61'), Kozak (78')
Kolar (89')

Italy's Mario Balotelli frustrated with missed chances

Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Czech Republic during their World Cup qualifier on September 10, 2013
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Mario Balotelli is unhappy with the number of chances he missed during Italy's 2-1 home win against the Czech Republic.

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has admitted his frustration at missing a number of chances against the Czech Republic in their World Cup Group B qualifier on Tuesday.

The AC Milan forward hit the crossbar in the first half and squandered a few sitters before scoring his side's winning goal from the penalty spot in the 56th minute.

"It's never happened to me before," he told RAI Sport. "I was unlucky, but I kept trying to the end.

"It is becoming a good group and above all a great squad, as we manage to climb out of difficult situations.

"When [Petr] Cech parried that shot I thought he would get it if I fired low, so I tried to raise the finish, but I lifted it too much."

The 2-1 win at the Juventus Stadium in Turin saw Italy qualify for next year's finals.

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli on the touchline during the Confederations Cup match against Uruguay on June 30, 2013
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