Another heart braking match of Confederation cup which was played by 2 top most teams Italy and Japan. In that match both teams were attacking, defending each other goals. But the interesting match was won by Italy by 4–3. Italy join Brazil in the Semi finals & might be consider themselves lucky after starting poorly and benefiting from an own goal from Japan defender Atsuto Uchida. Sebastian Glovinco who come in field through substitution & helped Italy to win the match with his goal. (Results Italy: 4, Japan: 3)
Italy vs. Japan Match Results
|Italy: 4||Japan: 3|
Italy pulled one back in the 41st minute when de Rossi rose to powerfully head home a Pirlo corner & almost had an equalizer on the stroke of the halftime when Emanuele Giaccherini hit the post after Mario Balotelli had set him up with a deft header.
The beginning of the last half was a downright danger for Japan. Atsuto Uchida directed Associate in Nursing goal into the rear of the Japan internet within the fiftieth minute whereas making an attempt to chop out a cross to Mario Balotelli and therefore the go-ahead goal came simply 2 minutes subsequently.
The referee dubiously pointed to the spot for a awfully onerous to identify and unintentional handball by Makoto Hasebe. Balotelli buried it, golf stroke Italy up 3–2. After that the hope winning the match for Italy took a new level.
Italy took lead in controversial circumstances just 2 minutes later after Makoto Hasebe. Okazaki’s header gave Japan renewed hope & they were unlucky not to grab a 4th goal when they hit the post & bat in a matter of seconds.
In the final round of group matches, Italy will face host Brazil in Salvador on Sunday and Japan meets Mexico in Belo Horizonte. Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni said that “This match took me back to end stuff with constant changes & it was really exciting”.