Mexico vs. Italy: Confederations Cup Live Score, Highlights, Recap
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Mexico 1-2 Italy (full time result)
—Andrea Pirlo, 27'' (0-1)
—Javier Hernandez, penalty, 33' (1-1)
—Mario Balotelli, 79' (1-2)
MEXICO: Corona, Rodriguez, Salcido, Torrado, Dos Santos, Aquino, Hernandez, Moreno, Zavala, Guardado, Flores.
ITALY: Buffon, Chiellini, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Balotelli, Barzagli, De Rossi, Montolivo, Abate, Pirlo, Giaccherini.
So it's a winning start for the Azzurri thanks to Pirlo's wonder free kick and a late piece of strength and agility from Balotelli, with Hernandez sandwiching a penalty equaliser in between.
Italy are joint-top with Brazil on three points, with Mexico and Japan stuck on zero in Group A of the Confederations Cup.
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Full time result
Mexico 1 (Hernandez pen)
Italy 2 (Pirlo, Balotelli)
Full time in the Maracana
Mexico 1 Italy 2
90+2'—Seconds remaining and Italy have the ball near the Mexico penalty area. They are going to be level with Brazil on three points after one round in Group A.
90+1'—Just 120 seconds left for Mexico to find something here. With games against Brazil and Japan left to play, it's already looking difficult for El Tri if they lose this match.
Three minutes of time added on
89'—Mexico have the ball, but they aren't getting it in areas to hurt Italy. They're at the mercy of the referee now.
88'—Mexico running out of time to find themselves an equaliser. Jimenez runs forward and strikes from range, but it's bobbly and from too far out to have a real impact. Buffon saves easily.
87'—Italy sub: Giaccherini off, Alberto Aquilani on
Italy sub: Balotelli off, Alberto Gilardino on
And Prandelli is furious with his goalscorer for getting that yellow card after scoring, yet again. Mario glares, and walks to his seat.
84'—Italy doing well to keep hold of the ball and take the tempo out of the game. Mexico are still sitting back behind the halfway line and not putting any pressure on the side in white.
Balotelli was booked for his celebrations, and De Rossi has also just been booked. Into the final 10 minutes we go.
And Balotelli finally makes one of his shots count! Great strength shown to hold off Rodriguez, turn into the area and then bury his shot hard and low past Corona who got something on it, but not enough to keep it out. With only 10 minutes or so remaining, that could be the goal which gives Italy three points to start the Confederations Cup with. 2-1 Italy.
Mexico 1 Italy 2
Mario Balotelli, 78 mins
76'—Dos Santos continues to be the out-ball for Mexico and he leads Barzagli on a bit of a dance before winning a corner, with his shot deflected behind. Italy clear the cross and the offside flag was up anyway.
75'—Laughable. A free kick wasn't given, a drop-ball is. Italy not happy at all.
74'—A long-range shot from Flores is on target, but Buffon makes a more-or-less routine stop. Italy are straight back on the attack as they look for an important three points, and De Rossi wins a free kick for taking an arm in the face in an aerial battle. Should be a card there.
71'—Another chance for Balotelli, and another effort off target. This time he spins on the edge of the box, controlling a half-cleared corner and shooting well wide with his left foot.
...and it is better, with Flores rising highest to win the header. He can't control it though and it bounces down and wide of Buffon's goal.
69'—Dos Santos carries the ball 40 metres downfield holding off Abate and finally wins the free kick off him right by the corner flag. Chance for a better delivery this time. Guardado will put the ball over...
Italy sub: Claudio Marchisio off, Alessio Cerci on. Just his fifth cap for Italy
67'—De Rossi loops a pass into the box and Rodriguez has to leap to head it out of danger. Italy pressing more down the channels as they look to find the right cross.
64'—Corner to Mexico, giving them only their second of the game. It's easily cleared at the near post. Better delivery needed to beat this Italy defence on a set piece.
61'—Barzagli almost sells Buffon short with a back header, but the keeper is out quick to claim the ball as his own. Still could go either way this game, and we've got half an hour left to find a winner.
60'—Hernandez goes down on the edge of the box at one end, gets nothing, then Balotelli goes down inside the area up the other end. Nothing given again, and Balotelli kicks his boot off in frustration. Then has to put it back on.
58'—JUST WIDE! Pirlo curls another effort over the wall, but this time he's about a foot wide of the post too. Almost a brace of free kicks.
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