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Buffon: No-one blamed Balotelli at halftime

Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon insists there was no finger-pointing at halftime of Italy's victory last night.

The Azzurri beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Turin to secure their passage to the World Cup.

Mario Balotelli missed several sitters in the first half, but Buffon assured there was no need to calm him down at the break.

"There was nothing for us to say. The Coach focused on that and we just helped him feel within a sense of calm and confidence. He never takes penalties in training, as he knows we might face him one day and doesn't want to give us any advantages..."

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