The 2013 Confederations Cup rolls along in Brazil on Sunday, as four of the world's top teams will kick off group play on Day 2.
Mexico and Italy will clash in Rio de Janeiro, with each side looking to pick up up a crucial three points early on in hopes of giving itself some breathing room for the rest of group play. In the day's second showdown, reigning World Cup champion Spain will battle South American powerhouse Uruguay in Recife in the Group B opener.
Although these matches won't impact World Cup qualification, you can bet each side will be gunning for a victory.
Here, we'll get you set with everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a minute of the action on Day 2.
2013 Confederations Cup Day 2 Schedule
|Round||Match||Location||Start Time (ET)||Channel||Live Stream|
|Group A||Mexico vs. Italy||Rio de Janeiro||3 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Group B||Spain vs. Uruguay||Recife||6 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
Mexico vs. Italy, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN
Day 2's opening matchup is an intriguing one given the history of both sides. But Italy should have the advantage, as Mexico has been unable to score as of late.
What will be the result of this pivotal Group A matchup?
El Tri has scored just one goal in their last four 2014 World Cup qualifying matches, beating Jamaica 1-0 earlier this month before two scoreless draws with Panama and Costa Rica within the past week.
While Italy is by no means an offensive juggernaut, the Azzurri have at least been able to find the back of the net in recent outings. The Italians scored twice against Haiti on Tuesday in a friendly matchup and have scored goals against Brazil and the Netherlands in recent friendly showdowns.
With powerful striker Mario Balotelli leading the way for Cesare Prandelli's squad on Sunday, look for Chicharito and company to start off the Confederations Cup with a loss in Brazil.
Italy rarely concedes goals in meaningful matchups and, at the moment, has much more momentum on the other end of the pitch, where Mexico finds itself in the midst of a troubling drought.
Spain vs. Uruguay, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
The international football juggernaut that is the Spanish national team will begin the Confederations Cup against an under-the-radar Uruguayan squad that will be playing much closer to home.
Which side is more likely to advance from Group B?
Still, don't expect the reigning European and World Cup champions to be intimidated on Sunday. After all, Vicente del Bosque's top-ranked unit easily defeated Uruguay in a recent friendly matchup, winning 3-1 back in February on the strength of two second-half goals from Pedro.
Uruguay has never beaten Spain, but it has the offensive firepower to do it for the first time this weekend. Elite striking talents like Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, combined with the experience of Diego Forlan, make La Celeste a major threat on the international stage.
But even though goals will not come quite as easily for Spain as they did in Doha four months ago, in the end, La Roja will dominate the ball and will likely limit Uruguay's scoring opportunities. Therefore, look for Spain to emerge with the win and three points in Day 2's finale.
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