Wednesday June 19, 2013 1st Round: Group A Finished Arena Pernambuco

Italy 4 - 3 Japan

  • De Rossi 41’
  • Uchida 50’ (o.g.)
  • Balotelli 52’ (pen.)
  • Giovinco 86’
  • Honda 21’ (pen.)
  • Kagawa 33’
  • Okazaki 69’

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  1. Confederations Cup - Italy through to semis after seven-goal thriller

    Confederations Cup - Italy through to semis after seven-goal thriller

    Italy secured a place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup following a thrilling 4-3 win over Japan in Recife. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Italy and Brazil go into the semi-finals after a thrilling match in Recife.
    • 90+3' This isn’t going to happen for Japan as another attack peters out.
    • 90+2' Hasebe replaced by Kengo Nakamura.
    • 90' We will have three more minutes. Make it 30 please.
    • 89' GOAL RULED OUT! Yoshida taps the ball home for Japan after the bar is struck but the defender is offside!
    • 87' So harsh on Japan, but Italy have the lead and with it a semi-final place as things stand.
    • 86' GOAL! Italy 4-3 Japan! Giovinco taps home from close range! Marchisio gets in behind the defence to square for the forward.
    • 85' Japan push for a winner in this thrilling contest but they can’t get a clear shot at Buffon.
    • 83' What a crazy moment from a crazy game. This has had almost everything.
    • 81' HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN??? Okazaki hits the post with a firm effort from 12 yards and when the ball pops out to Kagawa he somehow manages to head the ball against the turf and then the bar!
    • 79' A change for Japan as Mike Havenaar comes on for Maeda.
    • 77' CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Hasebe meets a loose ball from 20 yards and slams a ferocious shot just over the bar.
    • 76' This game could go either way now. What a thrilling match.
    • 74' Balotelli punished for handball as he brings the ball down in the box and tries to sneak a shot past Kawashima.
    • 73' Japan make a chance as Uchida comes on for Hiroki Sakai.
    • 71' CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Honda accelerates away from two men in the centre of the park before calling Buffon into action with a firm drive. Good effort from one of tonight’s most impressive performers.
    • 69' GOAL! Italy 3-3 Japan! Okazaki with a header from a free-kick! Just after Italy make a change, Okazaki gets in ahead of Montolivo to meet a free-kick from Endo and direct a header past Buffon.
    • 68' Claudio Marchisio replaces midfielder Giaccherini and Italy are out of subs.
    • 66' Fantastic run from Kagawa, again, but he is halted in his tracks by a fine challenge from Abate on the edge of the box.
    • 65' Wonderful pass from Kagawa as he lifts the ball over Chiellini’s head for Maeda, but his team-mate can’t get a shot away after a piece of poor control.
    • 63' Honda is looking to take this game by the scruff of the neck after slipping in Okazaki and then receiving the ball from Kagawa 20 yards from goal. No clear-cut chances though.
    • 62' Here comes Honda though and after lacking the space to find a shot in the box he spins to cross and pings the ball into the arms of Buffon.
    • 60' Now Italy are well on top with a cross from Pirlo causing all sorts of problems.
    • 59' A change for Italy as Ignazio Abate comes on for right-back Maggio.
    • 57' In comes the corner and Kawashima clasps the ball on the line from an Italy header.
    • 56' CHANCE FOR ITALY! Giovinco thunders one in from 20 yards but Kawashima pulls off a superb diving stop.
    • 54' Such a shame for Japan as they played so well for the first 30 minutes – but now Italy are in firm control.
    • 53' GOAL! Italy 3-2 Japan! Mario Balotelli just does not miss from the penalty spot. Japan punished after a shocking decision.
    • 52' Ludicrous. The ball strikes Hasebe's leg and bounces against his arm, which is behind his body. Disgraceful decision.
    • 52' PENALTY TO ITALY! Hasebe penalised for handball.
    • 51' Balotelli rifles one wide as Japan look for a third.
    • 50' GOAL! Italy 2-2 Japan! Yoshida caught out as a Giovinco cross is turned into his own net by Uchida. The Southampton defender was hesistant and allowed the little forward in, with Uchida sliding in to connect with his cross.
    • 49' Oh the rain is now teeming down in Recife. Buckets and buckets.
    • 48' Maeda looks to nick the ball away from the feet of De Rossi but only manages to hack the Italy midfielder to the ground.
    • 47' Japan look lively again following half-time with Honda and Kagawa looking to link up with regularity.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+2' HALF TIME. Japan lead after a great first half but Italy almost completed the comeback just before the break.
    • 45+1' ITALY HIT THE WOODWORK! Giaccherini strikes the base of the post when pouncing on a loose ball in the box.
    • 45+1' Pirlo strikes another free-kick and this time hits the wall before drilling the rebound against a wall of Japan shirts too.
    • 45' We will have one added minute.
    • 43' Italy back in it then in what has been a hugely entertaining first half. Still, Japan have been by far the better side.
    • 41' GOAL! Italy 1-2 Japan! De Rossi with a firm header from a corner. Pirlo’s delivery is sumptuous and he picks out De Rossi, who has lost his marker to thunder a header home.
    • 40' CHANCE FOR ITALY! Montolivo plays in Pirlo and his deflected effort flies wide of the far post.
    • 40' Italy with a free-kick but Pirlo’s curler just floats over the bar from 25 yards, A decent attempt.
    • 38' Italy have been genuinely awful so far, bar Balotelli who is at least trying to make things happen.
    • 37' Endo stands over the free-kick and Buffon spills his decent effort into the air before blocking the rebound too.
    • 36' De Rossi is into the book for catching the ankle of Honda with a rather loose sliding tackle.
    • 34' Kagawa has been superb this evening. Central to everything Japan are doing.
    • 33' GOAL! Italy 0-2 Japan! The influential Kagawa produces a brilliant finish! Italy fail to deal with an aerial ball and when the ball is lofted back into the box, Kagawa spins to pounce on it and lashes his effort past Buffon.
    • 32' Japan swamp Italy once again after Okazaki robs Pirlo in the centre circle. Corner to Japan…
    • 30' A change for Italy as Sebastian Giovinco replaces Aquilani. He doesn’t look injured either.
    • 28' Yuto Nagatomo fires one in from 20 yards as Buffon scoops the ball into his arms. Another chance for Japan.
    • 27' Honda almost slices the Italy defence open to find Hasebe, who appears to be bought down by Christian Maggio. No foul though.
    • 26' Hasebe now drills one wide of the post as Japan press forward again.
    • 25' A fully deserved lead for Japan, even if the penalty was ropey. They have been by far the better side so far tonight.
    • 23' Well that makes things interesting in the group, with Japan level with Italy on three points as things stand. As for the penalty, it was the wrong decision, but having made the wrong decision it was also the wrong decision to not send Buffon off, if you catch my drift.
    • 22' GOAL! Italy 0-1 Japan! Honda strikes from the penalty spot!
    • 21' Buffon only gets a yellow card but replays show he was desperately unlucky as the keeper appeared to get the ball first.
    • 20' PENALTY TO JAPAN! Buffon brings down Okazaki.
    • 18' Endo with the corner for Japan but it’s a poor one and Italy clear.
    • 17' CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Kagawa lines one up from 30 yards and the ball accelerates off his left boot and swerves in the air before being tipped over the bar by Buffon.
    • 16' There’s a Mexican wave enveloping the stadium. Disappointing.
    • 15' Italy looking to feed Andrea Pirlo at every opportunity and now the ball finds Balotelli, who whacks a shot wide.
    • 14' Honda is knocked to ground by Daniele De Rossi but Japan take the ball on and Kagawa pings a pass to the left before a cross is dealt with by the Italy defence.
    • 12' Italy have weathered the early storm from Japan but it’s been a rather unimpressive start from the Azzurri, who start the day on three points, now three behind leaders Brazil.
    • 11' Balotelli finds space on the right after a neat run with the ball and his cross causes problems for Eiji Kawashima, who rather unconvincingly punches the ball out.
    • 9' Now Endo gets a shot away from range as he blasts the ball off target. Italy under pressure.
    • 8' Kagawa slips in Keisuke Honda with a nice pass and gets the ball back. The Manchester United playmaker then tries to tease the defence open with another pass but the offside flag is raised.
    • 7' Italy are really out of sorts here. They are struggling to cope with Japan’s energy.
    • 6' CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Kagawa supplies an absolutely brilliant cross from the left as he drops the ball over the head of Giorgio Chiellini and onto that of Ryoichi Maeda. However, the forward’s header is straight at Gianluigi Buffon, and he perhaps should have scored.
    • 4' Italy clear rather hurriedly and the ball drops nicely for Shinji Kagawa 20 yards from goal. However, he decides against the shot and the moment passes.
    • 3' Yasuhito Endo curls a delicious pass over the top of the Italy defence but Shinji Okazaki can’t quite get on the end of it to get a shot away.
    • 2' Mario Balotelli in the thick of things early on as he wins a free-kick to the Italy right. Nothing comes of the free-kick though.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 22:55 Here come the teams and it's anthem time. Italy up first, as Zaccheroni keeps his mouth shut.
    • 22:50 Alberto Zaccheroni: “This game is just another stop on the road toward the World Cup for Japan, but for me, clearly it means a lot more than that. When I began my coaching career, I imagined a lot of things but not this. I never thought I would be coaching a team against Italy and in an official competition, too. This is no ordinary game. Out of respect for Japan, who have trusted me with the task of looking after their team, I don’t think I’ll be singing the Italian national anthem.”
    • 22:45 Cesare Prandelli: "Japan are a very good team and are dangerous as they have in Italian Alberto Zaccheroni a great coach who knows how to get the best out of them. It is difficult to talk about Mario. He is unpredictable but he is very motivated when he dons the blue shirt."
    • 22:40 Italy make two changes from the side that beat Mexico 2-1 in their opening game with Ignazio Abate and Claudio Marchisio dropping out to be replaced by Christian Maggio and Alberto Aquilani. Japan replace Hiroshi Kiyotake with Ryoichi Maeda.
    • 22:35 TEAMS: Italy: Buffon, Maggio, Chiellini, Barzagli, De Sciglio, Aquilani, De Rossi, Montolivo, Pirlo, Giaccherini, Balotelli. /// Japan: Kawashima, Nagatomo, Uchida, Konno, Yoshida, Honda, Endo, Kagawa, Hasebe, Maeda, Okazaki.
    • 22:30 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Confederations Cup Group A clash between Italy and Japan in Recife. Brazil’s 2-0 win over Mexico means an Italy win here would send the hosts and the Azzurri into the semi-finals.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL RULED OUT! Yoshida taps the ball home for Japan after the bar is struck but the defender is offside!
    • 86' GOAL! Italy 4-3 Japan! Giovinco taps home from close range! Marchisio gets in behind the defence to square for the forward.
    • 81' HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN??? Okazaki hits the post with a firm effort from 12 yards and when the ball pops out to Kagawa he somehow manages to head the ball against the turf and then the bar!
    • 77' CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Hasebe meets a loose ball from 20 yards and slams a ferocious shot just over the bar.
    • 71' CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Honda accelerates away from two men in the centre of the park before calling Buffon into action with a firm drive. Good effort from one of tonight’s most impressive performers.
    • 69' GOAL! Italy 3-3 Japan! Okazaki with a header from a free-kick! Just after Italy make a change, Okazaki gets in ahead of Montolivo to meet a free-kick from Endo and direct a header past Buffon.
    • 56' CHANCE FOR ITALY! Giovinco thunders one in from 20 yards but Kawashima pulls off a superb diving stop.
    • 53' GOAL! Italy 3-2 Japan! Mario Balotelli just does not miss from the penalty spot. Japan punished after a shocking decision.
    • 52' Ludicrous. The ball strikes Hasebe's leg and bounces against his arm, which is behind his body. Disgraceful decision.
    • 52' PENALTY TO ITALY! Hasebe penalised for handball.
    • 50' GOAL! Italy 2-2 Japan! Yoshida caught out as a Giovinco cross is turned into his own net by Uchida. The Southampton defender was hesistant and allowed the little forward in, with Uchida sliding in to connect with his cross.
    • 45+1' ITALY HIT THE WOODWORK! Giaccherini strikes the base of the post when pouncing on a loose ball in the box.
    • 41' GOAL! Italy 1-2 Japan! De Rossi with a firm header from a corner. Pirlo’s delivery is sumptuous and he picks out De Rossi, who has lost his marker to thunder a header home.
    • 36' De Rossi is into the book for catching the ankle of Honda with a rather loose sliding tackle.
    • 33' GOAL! Italy 0-2 Japan! The influential Kagawa produces a brilliant finish! Italy fail to deal with an aerial ball and when the ball is lofted back into the box, Kagawa spins to pounce on it and lashes his effort past Buffon.
    • 22' GOAL! Italy 0-1 Japan! Honda strikes from the penalty spot!
    • 21' Buffon only gets a yellow card but replays show he was desperately unlucky as the keeper appeared to get the ball first.
    • 20' PENALTY TO JAPAN! Buffon brings down Okazaki.
    • 17' CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Kagawa lines one up from 30 yards and the ball accelerates off his left boot and swerves in the air before being tipped over the bar by Buffon.
    • 6' CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Kagawa supplies an absolutely brilliant cross from the left as he drops the ball over the head of Giorgio Chiellini and onto that of Ryoichi Maeda. However, the forward’s header is straight at Gianluigi Buffon, and he perhaps should have scored.
    • 22:35 TEAMS: Italy: Buffon, Maggio, Chiellini, Barzagli, De Sciglio, Aquilani, De Rossi, Montolivo, Pirlo, Giaccherini, Balotelli. /// Japan: Kawashima, Nagatomo, Uchida, Konno, Yoshida, Honda, Endo, Kagawa, Hasebe, Maeda, Okazaki.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Italy

    Manager: Cesare Prandelli

  • Japan

    Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni

  • Line-up

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      4.3 6
      4.7 5
      3.6 5
      Midfielders
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      Goal Yellow Card 6.6 8
      4.9 6
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      Substitution Out68′ 5.7 6
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  1. How did Italy win?

    From 888, on Thu 20 Jun 22:52
  2. A goal festival between the blue masters of Europe and­ Asia. Poor performance in defence and middle lines, a­ failing win far Azzuri versus a winning fail for­ Samurais. This gamed demonstrated the fact that in the­ work of programming, nurturing native talents and­ strengthening sport infrastructures, Japan is 20 years­ ahead of ITALY.

    From Amir, on Thu 20 Jun 7:33
  3. Trust the Italians to get a penalty out of nowhere.

    From Victor B, on Thu 20 Jun 6:16
  4. Japan, such a joy to watch but hardly amounts to­ anything. Its heartbreaking and demoralising. Honda and­ Kagawa are world class and Endo, Hasebe and nagatomo­ are pretty decent. They've always lacked a solid­ goalie, when they have one; they'll start winning­ trophies.

    From fun, on Thu 20 Jun 1:21
  5. You England haters are pathetic, every thread is full­ of negative comments by little jealous lady boys when­ England aren't even playing! It's just a few­ scrawny boys kicking around a bit of leather. I'm­ looking forward to when we play you in the rugby &­ show you how real men do sports. Btw you got a­ disgraceful penalty & should of lost!

    From zoe, on Thu 20 Jun 1:12
  6. What a thriller. Thank you Japan for reminding people­ how much fun football can be.

    From Antoine, on Thu 20 Jun 1:10
  7. Japan should have won the game, what a performance by­ them. With that being said, it was a brilliant game of­ football.

    From ian, on Thu 20 Jun 1:07
  8. What a game.

    From chris, on Thu 20 Jun 1:02
  9. such a shame japan did not win

    From the_stretford_ender, on Thu 20 Jun 0:55
  10. Come on Italy!!!

    From Jamie Keeton, on Thu 20 Jun 0:47
  11. Italy know that they have been in a game tonight, Japan­ are an amazing team to watch.

    From Theo, on Thu 20 Jun 0:46
  12. very bad diffence for Italy!!

    From mohamed, on Thu 20 Jun 0:46
  13. that right there is football in a nutshell, you can­ dominate the game but if you don't take your­ chances you get punished.

    From Theo, on Thu 20 Jun 0:45
  14. come on japan get in

    From robert p, on Thu 20 Jun 0:42
  15. even the japanese have better technique than england.

    From Theo, on Thu 20 Jun 0:28
  16. i am quite surprised to see the Japanese players are­ actually more skillful than the Italians...

    From Bob Red Dragon, on Thu 20 Jun 0:25
  17. I aware watching kagawa is an absolute joy. he­ doesn't run with the ball, he glides with it.

    From Theo, on Thu 20 Jun 0:24
  18. On another note, I thought this tournament finished­ yesterday. Is this the third place play off?

    From ArsenalFan, on Thu 20 Jun 0:22
  19. May the best team win and Italy is the better team,­ over the years we have always been there finals and­ semi finals..go on Forza Azzurri

    From ben, on Thu 20 Jun 0:22
  20. Kagawa has not impressed me at all. Manchester will­ slide down the table, allowing Arsenal to take firm­ control of the Barclay's League. We just have to­ bring in the right players with our 300m war chest. In­ SAW we trust!

    From ArsenalFan, on Thu 20 Jun 0:21
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