Mario Mandzukic’s goal saw Croatia come from behind to force a 1-1 draw with Italy in Group C of Euro 2012 on Thursday.
Italy opened the scoring in Poznan through an excellent free-kick from Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who beat Stipe Pletikosa at the goalkeeper’s near post six minutes before half-time.
It took Slaven Bilic’s side until the 71st minute to force the equaliser, when Mandzukic collected Ivan Strinic’s cross at the back post, before netting via a deflection off the upright.
Croatia now have four points from two matches played following their 3-1 win over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.
Italy remain undefeated but have just two points to show for their efforts after also giving up a one-goal lead to draw 1-1 in their opening match against holders Spain.
Cesare Prandelli’s Italy are back at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan again on Monday for a final group-stage match against Ireland, while Croatia take on Spain in Gdansk.
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