Soccer-Italy and Uruguay locked at 0-0 at halftime


NATAL, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) - Italy and Uruguay were drawing 0-0 at halftime in their tense final World Cup Group D match on Tuesday.

There were few clear chances in a bad-tempered game littered with fouls with a draw enough to send the Italians through to the last 16 as group runners-up.

Andrea Pirlo's 13th minute free kick tested Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera but he pushed it over the crossbar. The South Americans need a victory to reach the knockout stages. (Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Ken Ferris)

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