Italy vs. Japan: Confederations Cup Live Score, Highlights, Recap
FIFA Confederations Cup, Group A, Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
Italy 4-3 Japan (full time)
Goals: Honda (JPN) 21' (pen.); Kagawa (JPN) 33'; De Rossi (ITA) 41'; Uchida (JPN, own goal) 50'; Balotelli (ITA) 52' (pen.); Okazaki (JPN) 69'; Giovinco (ITA) 86'
Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Pirlo, Montolivo; Giaccherini, Aquilani; Balotelli
Japan: Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Konno, Nagatomo; Endo, Hasebe; Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa; Maeda.
Credit Japan for playing well, but they're out. Italy and Brazil will advance to the semifinals from Group A. Mexico is also eliminated.
That's it for us. Best game of the tournament so far. Let's hope there's more to come.
The whistle blows. Italy hold on to win 4-3. Japan should not be embarrassed at all. What a performance.
SUB Nakamura for Hasebe (JPN) Okazaki takes the armband.— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 19, 2013
Three minutes of stoppage time…
I think we can all agree. Football is the winner.— Ryan Keaney (@RyanKeaney) June 19, 2013
No—ruled out for offside!
Insane. Absolutely insane.
Japan in need of a Ray Allen Three Pointer here— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 19, 2013
Heartbreak for Japan! On the counter, Balotelli keeps the ball alive, Marchisio is sent through, it's a square ball and an easy tap in.— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 19, 2013
Out of nowhere! Japan had been dominating, but Italy are now in front.
That has to be it, right?
Wow, Japan so unlucky. Should so be on front. Italy have been pretty embarrassing.— Nick Sabetti (@Nick_Sabetti) June 19, 2013
OFF THE POST and then OFF THE BAR! Amazing! First, Okazaki is foiled, then sub Havenaar!— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 19, 2013
OFF THE POST! OFF THE BAR!
Japan hit both the upright and crossbar in a wild sequence. How did that stay out?
My new favorite thing is that there's a Japanese guy called "Mike Havenaar."— Keito (@usarsnl) June 19, 2013
Mike Havenaar—we promise he's Japanese—replaces Maeda for Japan.
Hasebe misses narrowly with a hard shot high and to the far post.
GIF of Okazaki's equalizer:
Now Honda drives through Italy's defense and forces a save out of Buffon!
Endo with the FK in and it is Okazaki who heads it home! Beats Montolivo, beats Buffon, what a game this is. 3-3— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 19, 2013
Another twist—Japan level with Okazaki's header at the near post from a free kick on the right.
Final change for Italy. Giaccherini is replaced by Claudio Marchisio.
67'—ITA 3, JPN 2
The match has settled down a bit. Japan are probing Italy's defense for holes.
Can the Azzurri lock it down?
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