Italy 2-2 Brazil: As It Happened

Christopher AtkinsContributor IMarch 21, 2013

A thrilling match in Geneva on Thursday evening as Brazil and Italy played out a 2-2 draw in one of the best friendly fixtures in recent memory.

With Julio Cesar on form in goal, Brazil took a 2-0 lead before half-time thanks to marvellous finishes from both Fred and Oscar, as well as the brilliance of Neymar in creating opportunities.

Italy had their chances, but the Seleção were wonderfully clinical.

After the break, though, will Alessio Cerci and Stephan El Shaarawy introduced, Italy came on strongly and quickly pulled back the deficit through two further excellent finishes from Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli. The latter's goal, a fine 25-yard curler, was a terrific was to level the tie.

Both teams searched for a winner but were unable to make a further breakthrough, with Julio Cesar called upon once more. A draw was ultimately a fair result in a marvellous game, but both teams will feel they could have sealed victory.

Read below for all the action as it happened, as well as highlights, pictures and comments.