Saturday June 22, 2013 1st Round: Group A Finished Arena Fonte Nova

Italy 4 - 2 Brazil

  • Bonfim Dante 45’
  • Neymar 55’
  • Fred 67’, 89’
  • Giaccherini 51’
  • Chiellini 71’

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  1. Confederations Cup - Neymar stars again as Brazil put four past Italy

    Confederations Cup - Neymar stars again as Brazil put four past Italy

    Neymar scored his third goal in three games at the Confederations Cup as Brazil beat Italy 4-2 in a Group A match in Salvador. More

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    Time:90'
    • Brazil
    • Italy
    • 90'+3 FULL-TIME: Brazil 4-2 Italy. A Fred brace helps the Samba Boys to top spot in Group A.
    • 90'+2 The free-kick comes to nothing and Brazil are able to keep possession.
    • 90'+1 Free-kick to Italy in a dangerous position. Three minutes have been added.
    • 90' That's surely it now. Brazil look set to top Group A.
    • 89' GOAL! Fred makes it four with his second of the game. The striker finds space to tap home the rebound after Marcelo's shot from the edge of the box was spilled by Buffon.
    • 87' Still Italy have the ball. The Azzurri probing patiently for an opening.
    • 86' Italy pressing again and Thiago Silva is forced to just hack the ball 40 yards and out of play.
    • 85' Five minutes for Italy to keep their unbeaten run going. Or can they net twice and pull off a real shock to ttop the group?
    • 84' Marcelo goes down on the left side near the edge of the area. No free-kick given.
    • 83' Brazil doing a lot of talking and complaining at the moment. It's a sign of how the past 15 minutes have gone.
    • 82' Japan have a goal back against Mexico.
    • 81' OFF THE BAR! Maggio almost pulls Italy level with a thumping header that crashes back off the crossbar. Unlucky.
    • 80' The free-kick isn't the greatest but leads to a corner for Italy.
    • 79' Free-kick to Italy some distance from goal. Balotelli lining it up...
    • 78' We've seen very little of Brazil as an attacking force since that second goal for Italy.
    • 77' Just under 15 minutes to go. This has developed into a real belter of a game. Can Italy turn this around still?
    • 76' Brazil sub: Fernando on for Hulk.
    • 75' LATEST: Japan 0-2 Mexico.
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    • 74' Looking back at replays for the Chiellini goal the ref appeared to turn away. Was he going to disallow the goal? Or was he thinking of pointing to the spot. Either way it was a good decision in the end.
    • 73' It's a different game now. Italy pressing against a nervy Brazil defence.
    • 72' Italy sub: Diamanti replaced by Stephan El Shaarawy.
    • 71' GOAL! Italy get one back. It's 3-2 to Brazil now. The corner caused all sorts of problems and when Balotelli fell to the floor, Aquilani was on hand to tee up Chiellini to fire into the corner.
    • 70' Corner to Italy first though. Brazil fail to clear and Diamanti curls in a shot that deflects for another corner.
    • 69' Italy set to make one final throw of the dice with their last sub too.
    • 68' Brazil sub: Neymar receives a huge ovation as he is replaced by Bernard.
    • 66' Media and fans had been calling for Jo to start in place of Fred but he has answered his critics there. A great show of strength prior to a thumping strike.
    • 65' GOAL! Fred makes it 3-1 to Brazil! The striker races onto a through ball and holds off Giorgio Chiellini before lashing Marcelo's pass into the roof of the net. Surely that's top spot for Brazil now.
    • 64' Want to find out a bit more about tonight's venue, Arena Fonte Nova? Check out FIFA's guide to the stadium.
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    • 63' Italy hoping to keep their recent good form going. They are on a eight-match unbeaten run (W4, D4). Their last defeat was a 2-1 friendly loss at home to France last November.
    • 62' Italy enjoying a good spell here. Balotelli goes down in the area.... NO PENALTY!
    • 61' Balotelli smashes in a 35-yard free-kick that Cesar manages to beat away from underneath his crossbar. The ball seemed to move all over the place then.
    • 60' Italy will be looking to Balotelli now. The Milan striker has scored in both previous group matches and is the second youngest player to score 10 goals for the Azzurri, behind the legendary Giuseppe Meazza.
    • 59' STAT ALERT: Italy's only clean sheets in their last 16 games have come against the Czech Republic, Malta and San Marino. Make that 17 now.
    • 58' Almost an hour played. It's been a much more entertaining second period.
    • 57' And while we are looking at Neymar stats, that's 23 goals in 37 internationals for the 21-year-old. Barca fans must be purring at the prospect of seeing him in tandem with Lionel Messi.
    • 56' That's 6 in 7 for Neymar now and 3 in 3 in the Confederations Cup.
    • 55' GOAL! Neymar curls home another sensational goal with a stunning 25 yard free-kick that leaves Buffon rooted to the spot.
    • 54' Three Brazilians over the ball...
    • 53' Brazil looking to hit back immediately. Neymar wins yet another free-kick on the edge of the box. Danger here for Italy.
    • 52' Route one by Italy there as a Buffon kick was headed onto Balotelli who improvised with an audacious flick to Giaccherini. The Juve man did the rest with an exquisite finish.
    • 51' GOAL! Italy 1-1 Brazil. A sensational back heel flick by Balotelli frees Giaccherini on the right and the Juventus man surges into the box before drilling a low shot across goal and into the far corner.
    • 51' OFFSIDE! Neymar teases a free-kick into the danger zone that Fred knees up onto the roof of the netting.
    • 50' Free-kick to Brazil as Neymar once again hits the deck under a challenge from an Italian.
    • 49' STAT ALERT: Brazil are unbeaten in all of the 21 Confederations Cup matches when they have scored the opening goal. that's an impressive 19 wins and two draws. Italy hoping they can stop that becoming 22.
    • 48' Brazil now on course for a record 10th Confederations Cup win in a row.
    • 47' Another fast start by Brazil as Oscar tricks his way into the area and exchanges a one-two with Fred before toe-poking a shot straight at Buffon.
    • 46' KICK OFF! Italy restart the match.
    • 45'+2 HALF-TIME: Brazil lead 1-0 at the break courtesy of Dante's late rebound.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Dante tucks home the rebound after Buffon had brilliantly kept out Fred's header. The perfect time for Brazil to score.
    • 45'+1 Neymar is fouled on the left flank. Brazil have another free-kick in a promising position.
    • 45' Two minutes to be added.
    • 44' BOOKED! Luiz Gustavo is the latest in the ref's book for a blatant foul on the far right.
    • 43' Neymar shifts the ball into space and immediately has the crowd on their feet, but he is crowded out just before he can shoot.
    • 42' Dante misreads a clearance and almost allows Balotelli a clear sight of goal. Fortunately for the Bayern Munich defender it caught Italy's hitman by surprise and he can only touch the ball to Cesar.
    • 41' What have you made of the first half so far? It's been a bit disappointing, but who has been the star man so far? Tweet us your views.
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    • 40' BOOKED! Marchisio earns himself a yellow for a nasty challenge on Oscar.
    • 39' STAT ALERT: Brazil have set a new Confederations Cup record by winning nine matches in a row. But they haven't done much to suggest they can make it 10 so far tonight. Only one or two sighters after a barnstorming opening five minutes.
    • 38' LATEST: Japan 0-0 Mexico.
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    • 37' The corner is just about punched to safety by Buffon and Italy eventually regain possession.
    • 36' Marcelo romps down the left and fizzes in a low cross to the near post for Fred, but Italy defend it well and his flick is diverted for a corner.
    • 35' It's been a half of knocks and changes so far. Balotelli is currently limping. It would be a huge blow for Italy if the ex-Man City striker had to go off.
    • 34' Brazil sub: Luiz replaced by Dante.
    • 33' And now another players is down injured. Luiz has not managed to run off that early knock and looks set to come off.
    • 32' Another Brazil free-kick is wasted but again Italy do their best to gift wrap a strike on goal. Luis Gustavo seeing his shot loop up off a defender and into the grateful arms of Buffon.
    • 31' Italy have just one change left after only 30 minutes of play. Not ideal for a team that Prandelli reckons are running on empty folloiwng the Japan match.
    • 30' Italy sub: Abate replaced by Christian Maggio.
    • 29' Abate looks in real pain and is about to be replaced.
    • 28' Neymar booked. The Brazil striker hits back with a late tackle on Abate and picks up a yellow that doesn't go down well with the crowd.
    • 27' Abate lunges in and concedes another free-kick. He's made a few late tackles and could well end up in the book if he continues to dive in on Neymar.
    • 26' An early Italy sub: Emanuele Giaccherini replacing Riccardo Montolivo.
    • 25' Corner to Brazil...
    • 24' Oscar flicks a delightful pass into Neymar but the boy wonder drags his low left footer two yards wide of the far post.
    • 23' Neymar dances beyond one challenge but can't pick out Oscar with his pass. The final ball not quite coming off at the moment for the hosts.
    • 22' Alves clips in a poor ball but Italy do their best to make a real mess of it. It looks like it may fall for Fred but an Italian boot eventually takes command and hacks it away from the ruck.
    • 21' Hulk and Alves sizing this up...
    • 20' Former Liverpool man, Alberto Aquilani pulls back Oscar and concedes a free-kick on the far right, just outside the penalty area.
    • 19' Brazil showing that they have the capacity to go up two or three gears in a split second and Italy are struggling to cope at times.
    • 18' Great run by Marcelo takes him beyond two before feeding Fred whose flick towards Neymar is well cut out.
    • 17' Balotelli has been impressive this tournament and has generally been revitalised since his January move back to Italy, scoring 12 goals in 13 games for AC Milan.
    • 16' Chance for Italy... But Balotelli miscues at the near post after some battling play by Marchisio saw him rob Hulk and cross low into the path of the AC Milan striker.
    • 15' We are back underway and Luiz looks to run the knock off.
    • 14' Play has been halted while Chelsea's Luiz receives treatment for a dead leg he picked up in a tackle with Candreva.
    • 13' Luiz is currently down injured clutching his right thigh.
    • 12' Brazil also won the only previous Confederations Cup meeting with Italy in 2009. Two goals from Luis Fabiano and an Andrea Dossena own goal secured a 3-0 win in Pretoria.
    • 11' The last time Italy beat Brazil was way back in 1982 when Paulo Rossi netted a famous hattrick in a classic encounter at the World Cup. Italy won an enthralling encounter 3-2 and have not recored a victory in the six matches since.
    • 10' Italy have got a foothold in the game now but still look a little nervy in defence.
    • 9' Brazil and Italy have faced each other 15 times, with 'A Selecao' winning seven and the Azzurri triumphing on five occasions. Brazil's victories include two World Cup final successes.
    • 8' BOOKED. David Luiz earns an early yellow for a poor tackle on Balotelli.
    • 7' Some respite for Italy who are doing their own pressing now. A succession of poorly delivered free kicks ends with the Azzurri earning their first corner of the match... but it comes to nothing.
    • 6' STAT ALERT: Brazil and Italy are the two most successful nations in World Cup history, with five and four titles respectively. All the other nations combined have won 10 between them.
    • 5' Starting players walking the disciplinary tightrope tonight: Italy - Mario Balotelli and Gianluigi Buffon. Brazil - Thiago Silva, Dani Alves. If any of these players are booked they will miss their team's semi-final.
    • 4' Impressive pressing from the Samba Boys early doors, but on Twitter @DreanSBP is tipping Italy to prevail. "A tough game to call really. But I see Italy snatching the win. A goal or two from Balotelli I reckon."
    • 3' The first corner falls for Oscar 25 yards out and his speculative shot is deflected for another corner. Strong start by the home nation.
    • 2' Brazil race out of the traps. First Oscar is denied by a desperate tackle on the edge of the dee before Fred forces a smart save out of Gianluigi Buffon.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Brazil get us underway sporting a yellow and white kit tonight.
    • 19.55 The players are out on the pitch, the anthems are about to get underway and we are just minutes from kick off for one of the most historic rivalries in international football. Stay tuned for LIVE updates throughout what promises to be a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes of football.
    • 19.50 Neymar has been Brazil's shining light at this tournament. The new Barcelona striker's two wonder goals have helped reiterate why he is his country's great hope ahead of the World Cup next year - but Brazil's technical director Carlos Alberto Parreira has made a point of playing down the pressure on the ex-Santos man. "Nobody here puts the responsibility to decide Brazil matches on Neymar," said Parreira. "Maybe in Santos it happened, but here we will not be Neymar dependent."
    • 19.45 Why not share your pre-match predictions on Twitter? Tweet @paul_hassall your views and we'll include the best ones in the live text.
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    • 19.40 Elsewhere tonight, Japan face Mexico in what is now a battle to avoid the Group A wooden spoon.
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    • 19.38 The mass protests across Brazil have cast a shadow over what has been an enjoyable tournament so far, but FIFA have been keen to play down suggestions the competition could be cancelled. Football's world governing body released this statement on Friday...
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    • 19.35 Tonight's maths... Both sides have qualified for the semi-finals with six points from two matches, so this is a showdown for first position. A draw would be good enough for Brazil to top Group A as they have a superior goal difference. Italy must win to knock Scolari's side into second. There's a big incentive for the Azzurri too. If they can secure a victory they would avoid facing the Group B winners in the semi-final. Few would bet against that being an irrepressible Spain side.
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    • 19.32 Meanwhile, Luiz Felipe Scolari insists Brazil will go all out for a victory despite only needing a draw to top Group A. Scolari told reporters: "We are going to play to win, we may go for a draw during the game but we are not going to set out playing for a draw."
    • 19.30 With playmaker Andrea Pirlo out of the contest with a muscle injury and Daniele De Rossi suspended (two yellow cards), Prandelli is wary of the Samba Boys' threat. He told his pre-match press conference: "Brazil have personality, strength, a strong defence and four extraordinary forwards. But their main feature is when it comes down to one on ones. There are four players who can always invent a new play at any time. I'm expecting a difficult match."
    • 19.25 Brazil make one change from the 2-0 win over Mexico with Hernanes replacing Paulinho in the midfield. As for Italy, Cesare Prandelli has made some major adjustments to the side that saw off Japan in a seven-goal thriller. Antonio Candreva, Claudio Marchisio, Leonardo Bonucci, Iganzio Abate and Alessandro Diamanti all come into the starting XI.
    • 19.21 CONFIRMED TEAMS: BRAZIL: Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Oscar, Hernanes, Fred, Hulk, Neymar... Subs: Jefferson, Cavalieri, Fernando, Lucas, Dante, Filipe Luis, Jean, Rever, Bernard, Jo, Jadson. /// ITALY: Buffon, Chiellini, De Sciglio, Candreva, Aquilani, Marchisio, Balotelli, Montolivo, Bonucci, Abate, Diamanti... Subs: Sirigu, Marchetti, Maggio, Sstori, Giovinco, Gilardino, El Shaarawy, Barzagli, Cerci, Giaccherini.
    • 19.20 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of tonight's Confederations Cup Group A meeting between Brazil and Italy at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Fred makes it four with his second of the game. The striker finds space to tap home the rebound after Marcelo's shot from the edge of the box was spilled by Buffon.
    • 81' OFF THE BAR! Maggio almost pulls Italy level with a thumping header that crashes back off the crossbar. Unlucky.
    • 71' GOAL! Italy get one back. It's 3-2 to Brazil now. The corner caused all sorts of problems and when Balotelli fell to the floor, Aquilani was on hand to tee up Chiellini to fire into the corner.
    • 65' GOAL! Fred makes it 3-1 to Brazil! The striker races onto a through ball and holds off Giorgio Chiellini before lashing Marcelo's pass into the roof of the net. Surely that's top spot for Brazil now.
    • 61' Balotelli smashes in a 35-yard free-kick that Cesar manages to beat away from underneath his crossbar. The ball seemed to move all over the place then.
    • 55' GOAL! Neymar curls home another sensational goal with a stunning 25 yard free-kick that leaves Buffon rooted to the spot.
    • 51' GOAL! Italy 1-1 Brazil. A sensational back heel flick by Balotelli frees Giaccherini on the right and the Juventus man surges into the box before drilling a low shot across goal and into the far corner.
    • 47' Another fast start by Brazil as Oscar tricks his way into the area and exchanges a one-two with Fred before toe-poking a shot straight at Buffon.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Dante tucks home the rebound after Buffon had brilliantly kept out Fred's header. The perfect time for Brazil to score.
    • 44' BOOKED! Luiz Gustavo is the latest in the ref's book for a blatant foul on the far right.
    • 40' BOOKED! Marchisio earns himself a yellow for a nasty challenge on Oscar.
    • 28' Neymar booked. The Brazil striker hits back with a late tackle on Abate and picks up a yellow that doesn't go down well with the crowd.
    • 24' Oscar flicks a delightful pass into Neymar but the boy wonder drags his low left footer two yards wide of the far post.
    • 16' Chance for Italy... But Balotelli miscues at the near post after some battling play by Marchisio saw him rob Hulk and cross low into the path of the AC Milan striker.
    • 8' BOOKED. David Luiz earns an early yellow for a poor tackle on Balotelli.
    • 2' Brazil race out of the traps. First Oscar is denied by a desperate tackle on the edge of the dee before Fred forces a smart save out of Gianluigi Buffon.
    • 19.21 CONFIRMED TEAMS: BRAZIL: Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Oscar, Hernanes, Fred, Hulk, Neymar... Subs: Jefferson, Cavalieri, Fernando, Lucas, Dante, Filipe Luis, Jean, Rever, Bernard, Jo, Jadson. /// ITALY: Buffon, Chiellini, De Sciglio, Candreva, Aquilani, Marchisio, Balotelli, Montolivo, Bonucci, Abate, Diamanti... Subs: Sirigu, Marchetti, Maggio, Sstori, Giovinco, Gilardino, El Shaarawy, Barzagli, Cerci, Giaccherini.

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    Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

  • Italy

    Manager: Cesare Prandelli

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  1. Take nothing away from Neymars sensational free kick­ but he definitely looking for the foul - you could see­ he planted his foot behind the defenders leg

    From Paul, on Tue 25 Jun 11:10
  2. There's really nothing to this Brazillian outfit­ but cheating & the referees should stop falling for­ Neymar's diving tactics - this is how they won this­ game. I don't think Neymar is worthy of the­ "no 10" jersey cause he's the only­ weakling who's more on the floor than producing the­ spectacles he became known for back in domestic­ Brazillian league. Mark my words, he won't last in­ Europe. At least 3 of their 4 goals should not have­ been or has some ? to it. The first & the last­ should have been ruled off-side goals. The 2nd came as­ a result of Neymar's cheating. The only beautiful­ moment of the Brazillian effort for me was the cross­ from Marcelo to Fred that he converted into a goal.­ Italy played more beautiful football but history has­ shown that they are always hard done by dubious­ refereeing. Who knows Italy might end up in the finals­ against Uruguay or Nigeria.

    From Anthony Moos, on Sat 22 Jun 23:33
  3. I have never seen so many players throwing themselves­ onto the pitch at the slightest challenge. Both­ Brazilians and Italians did it. Neymar did it and won a­ free kick and a goal. This kind of cheating is­ football's cancer.

    From TamerK, on Sat 22 Jun 23:00
  4. who cares about Neymar... why did he star? he is a­ nobody... and he will be a nobody in europe... he is a­ clown... good he went to barca... Real need to get Bale

    From Dávid, on Sat 22 Jun 22:38
  5. Pedro...........sigh! ...I was being ironic, it is an­ English trait.

    From wiggins, on Sat 22 Jun 22:26
  6. Eurosport is a biased P.O chit. 2 brazilian goals are­ offside and the neymar goal came from a no foul play.­ Plus Italy free kick shot broke a brasilian hand and­ the referee was so blind. shame shame

    From Buster, on Sat 22 Jun 22:08
  7. Brazil will be happy, but looking at the replays of the­ goals, with marginal offside decisions, nothing to­ boast about really,

    From Panda-Island, on Sat 22 Jun 22:03
  8. Why do the comments dissapear, #$%$!

    From Anthony, on Sat 22 Jun 21:52
  9. Italy need to call upon Sirigu. Time up Buffon.

    From Marv, on Sat 22 Jun 21:51
  10. COME ON ENGLAND, oh wait, they are not in it.

    From Anthony, on Sat 22 Jun 21:50
  11. Referee has dropped a bomb! He blew his whistle and­ pointed to the penalty spot before the ball crossed the­ line. The goal should not have counted.... ­ FIFA's assessor will take a dim view of such a­ basic error...

    From Moose, on Sat 22 Jun 21:49
  12. GET IN THIRE

    From keith, on Sat 22 Jun 21:49
  13. Someone needs glasses or to learn the offside rules...

    From Pedro, on Sat 22 Jun 21:49
  14. You play to the whistle the whistle blew so brazil­ stopped end of

    From keith, on Sat 22 Jun 21:47
  15. BBC 3

    From keith, on Sat 22 Jun 21:41
  16. hulk should be sub all the time .

    From welid, on Sat 22 Jun 21:41
  17. Comment 53---the linesmaqn corrected the referee --goal­ no penalty---if a goal is scored even though a foul has­ occurred---goal stands! Penalty not needed!

    From Bob P, on Sat 22 Jun 21:40
  18. brazil sucks...

    From Oleg, on Sat 22 Jun 21:39
  19. from UK what channel can i watch this game pls?

    From Olufemi, on Sat 22 Jun 21:36
  20. ok! so he blew for a penalty but then gave the goal. i­ don't know if that was the right decision or the­ wrong decision.

    From Theo, on Sat 22 Jun 21:35
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