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Italy Beats Japan 4-3 to Join Brazil in Confederations Cup Semis

June 19, 2013

Italy rallied from two goals down to beat Japan 4-3 and join tournament host Brazil in advancing to the semifinals of soccer’s Confederations Cup.

Sebastian Giovinco’s 86th-minute goal broke a 3-3 tie in Recife minutes after Japan twice struck the frame of the goal. The Asian champion had led 2-0 on first-half goals from Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa before Daniele De Rossi’s header and an own goal by Atsuto Uchida either side of the break made it 2-2. Mario Balotelli’s 52nd-minute penalty kick then put Italy ahead before Shinji Okazaki tied it with 20 minutes left.

Italy joined Brazil, which earlier beat Mexico 2-0, with six points from two matches in Group A at the eight-nation tournament, a warm-up event for next year’s World Cup. The top two in each four-team pool advance to the semifinals.

Neymarearlier scored the first goal and set up the second in Brazil’s victory in Fortaleza.

In the second round of games in Group B tomorrow, world and European champion Spain plays tournament newcomer Tahiti in Rio de Janeiro and Nigeria takes on Uruguay in Salvador.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Baynes at dbaynes@bloomberg.net


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