Italy V. Japan: 6 Things We Learned

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Italy V. Japan: 6 Things We Learned
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Sebastian Giovinco celebrates scoring the deciding goal in Italy's thrilling 4-3 victory against Japan on Wednesday.

OK, everyone.  Let's breathe.

Italy and Japan played a thrilling game in Recife on Wednesday night.  Japan was up 2-0 after 33 minutes, but Italy clawed one back on the stroke of halftime and pulled ahead 3-2 within seven minutes of the restart.

Japan tied the game off a free kick with 20 minutes on the clock.  Twelve minutes later they were shockingly denied by the woodwork twice in the span of ten seconds before the much-maligned Sebastian Giovinco finally opened his account for his country in the 86th.

Even then, the Italians needed the assistant's flag to escape Recife with a win and a guarantee of playing their first Confederations Cup semifinal.

What did we learn on the field at Recife?  Let's take a look.

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