Sep 10, 2013 at 7.45pm UK
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

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.

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