Jun 24, 2014 at 5pm UK at ‚ÄčArena das Dunas, Natal

Balotelli (22'), De Sciglio (77')
Marchisio (59')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Godin (81')
Rios (46'), Muslera (90')

Alvaro Recoba warns Uruguay of "loose cannon" Mario Balotelli

Recoba warns of
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Uruguay legend Alvaro Recoba warns his compatriots of the "loose cannon" that is Italy striker Mario Balotelli for Tuesday's clash in Natal.

Alvaro Recoba has warned Uruguay to be wary of the "loose cannon" that is Mario Balotelli in Tuesday's crucial World Cup clash with Italy.

The South Americans head into the encounter needing a victory in order to join Costa Rica as Group D's representatives in the last 16 of the competition.

Recoba, who played for Uruguay and Inter Milan, says it could be decisive that his compatriots strike a balance between wanting to win and combating the former Manchester City marksman.

"There is a loose cannon in Balotelli," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"They tell me that he never maintains a whole season at a high level, but the problem is that everything is decided for us in 90 minutes.

"If Balotelli steps out there on the right foot, in a single game he can send anyone into a tailspin."

Tuesday's clash in Natal kicks off at 5pm.

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