Soccer-Patchy Italy look to recreate spirit of 2006 (Reuters)

(Corrects para 10 to make clear Italy reached final of Euro 2012) By Terry Daley ROME, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Four-times World Cup champions Italy have booked a place at the 2014 finals in Brazil with two games to spare but even their smooth qualification could not gloss over the patchy displays throughout the team’s campaign. The Azzurri traditionally struggle in qualification but Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic allowed them to clinch their place in Brazil with ease as they moved seven points ahead of second-placed Bulgaria in Group B. …

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