“It was a convincing start,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia. “We faced a team that we respected, who are well organised and put us under tactical and physical pressure.
“We want to be competitive, which we already proved at Euro 2012. We want to raise the bar every time.
“Finishing in the top four of this Confederations Cup would already be a good result and a sign of consistency.”
It was a world away from the performances against the Czech Republic and Haiti.
“When the game is worth something important, we always put in a performance,” noted Buffon.
“Andrea Pirlo’s free kick was a masterpiece, especially on his 100th appearance and at the Maracanà. He gave himself the best present and one that a great player like him fully deserved.”
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