International FootballDownload App

Confederations Cup 2013 Scores: Breaking Down Results from Day 2

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Pedro Rodriguez of Spain (obscured) celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B match between Spain and Uruguay at the Arena Pernambuco on June 16, 2013 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 17, 2013

If Day 2 of the 2013 Confederations Cup is an indication of things to come, then we are in for an electrifying tournament. 

Granted, Sunday's matchups of Italy vs. Mexico and Spain vs. Uruguay showcased arguably four of the five best teams in the tournament—something we shouldn't expect to see again until the semifinals. 

Still, though, both matches demonstrated some wonderfully played tactical football and absolutely world-class goals. 

Let's take a look at the complete results.

Note: You can find all results from the entire tournament here

 

Italy Beats Mexico, 2-1

In his 100th career appearance in an Italy shirt, Andrea Pirlo did Andrea Pirlo things. After Italy earned a free kick from about 25 yards out in the 27th minute, the 34-year-old stepped up and sent in a gorgeous, curling strike into the top left corner:

Sumptuous. 

Mexico didn't fold, though. 

In the 33rd minute, Giovani dos Santos did well to aggressively take the ball from Andrea Barzagli in Italy's box before the Juventus defender hauled him to the ground for a penalty. 

Javier Hernandez stepped to the spot for a clinical finish to make it 1-1:

Coming out of the locker room, the Azzurri impressively controlled the majority of the possession—they ended the match with 59 percent—and in the 78th minute got a much-deserved winner from the enigmatic Mario Balotelli

Emanuele Giaccherini cleverly flipped the ball over his head into the box, where Super Mario controlled it, held off the defender with his immense strength and fired it past Jose de Jesus Corona:

When Balotelli is interested in scoring, he can be downright impossible to stop. He proved it with that effort goal. 

In the end, Pirlo was the star for Italy—which moved into a tie with Brazil atop Group A—while Chicharito, dos Santos and Jose Andres Guardado were encouraging for Mexico up top but couldn't get enough touches. 

 

Spain Beats Uruguay, 2-1

If there were any questions as to who the favorite of this tournament is, Spain answered them with an emphatic 2-1 victory.

Now, 2-1 doesn't sound emphatic, but with the way the match played out, it felt more like 20-1. 

In the first half, Xavi completed as many passes as the entire Uruguay 11, according to ESPN's Paul Carr:

In classic Spain style, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets passed the ball around in the midfield in beautiful fashion, helping Spain set a Confederations Cup record for amount of possession, per Opta Sports:

In the end, Spain "only" scored twice: Once in the 20th minute when Pedro's shot deflected off a defender into the goal, and a second in the 32nd minute when Cesc Fabregas delivered a gorgeous pass to Roberto Soldado, who got behind the defense and calmly slotted it into the top corner. 

But Spain put together an absolutely magical display of possession football, and if it continues to play like this, it will run rampant through this tournament

In the 88th minute, Luis Suarez made things interesting when he gave his best Pirlo imitation:

Although the wonder-strike wasn't enough for Uruguay, it could prove important as it tries to hold off Tahiti and Nigeria in Group B. 

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices