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Italy book their spot in 2014 World Cup

Four-time winners Italy have booked their spot in the 2014 UEFA World Cup in Brazil.

The Azzurri came from behind to defeat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Turin on Tuesday night to ensure top spot in Group B, enabling them to safely book their tickets to Rio.

The Czechs struck first through Aston Villa signing Libor Kozak in the 19th minute before Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, on his home ground, headed home Andrea Pirlo's 51st minute corner.

AC Milan star Mario Balotelli then edged Italy ahead three minutes later when he converted from the penalty spot after being brought down by Theodor Gebre Selassie.

Cesare Prandelli's side managed to hold off the fourth-placed Czech side who were late inconvenienced when Daniel Kolar received a second yellow card late in the game.

Italy join hosts Brazil, Asian quarter Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea, as well as European rival Holland in the 2014 finals.

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