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Italy v Japan – Confederations Cup 2013

Italy v Japan…..Italy completed a superb fightback to knock Japan out of the Confederations Cup

Italy booked their place in the semi-finals in a hugely entertaining game.

Japan went 2-0 up via Keisuke’s Honda’s penalty and Shinji Kagawa’s strike.

But Italy responded in some style when Daniele De Rossi headed in before Atsuto Uchida’s own goal and Mario Balotelli’s penalty made it 3-2.

Japan equalised through Shinji Okazaki and also hit the woodwork, before Sebastian Giovinco sealed it for Italy.

Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan side could be justified in feeling the result in Recife was harsh on them.

Having surrendered a two-goal lead, then recovered from going behind to bring the scores level again after 69 minutes, they saw Okazaki and Kagawa hit post and bar respectively with eight minutes left.

So when Giovinco – a first-half substitute for Alberto Aquilani in an opening period dominated by Asia’s champions – popped up to tuck in Claudio Marchisio’s cross four minutes from time it was a crushing blow for the team that had showed the greater enterprise over 90 minutes.

The result ends Japan’s involvement here but the Brazilian crowd lapped up their quick passing and movement and will welcome them back to next year’s World Cup, for which they have already qualified.

Full Match Report

Italy

  • 01 Buffon Booked
  • 02 Maggio (Abate – 59′ )
  • 03 Chiellini
  • 05 De Sciglio
  • 15 Barzagli
  • 07 Aquilani (Giovinco – 30′ )
  • 16 De Rossi Booked
  • 18 Montolivo
  • 21 Pirlo
  • 22 Giaccherini (Marchisio – 68′ )
  • 09 Balotelli

Substitutes

  • 12 Sirigu
  • 13 Marchetti
  • 04 Astori
  • 19 Bonucci
  • 20 Abate
  • 06 Candreva
  • 08 Marchisio
  • 17 Cerci
  • 23 Diamanti
  • 10 Giovinco
  • 11 Gilardino
  • 14 El Shaarawy

Japan

  • 01 Kawashima
  • 05 Nagatomo
  • 06 Uchida (Sakai – 73′ )
  • 15 Konno Booked
  • 22 Yoshida
  • 04 Honda
  • 07 Endo
  • 10 Kagawa
  • 17 Hasebe Booked (Nakamura – 90′ )
  • 09 Okazaki
  • 18 Maeda (Havenaar – 79′ )

Substitutes

  • 12 Nishikawa
  • 23 Gonda
  • 02 Inoha
  • 03 Sakai
  • 16 Kurihara
  • 21 Sakai
  • 08 Kiyotake
  • 13 Hosogai
  • 14 Nakamura
  • 19 Inui
  • 20 Takahashi
  • 11 Havenaar
Ref: Diego Abal
Att: 40,489

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