Uruguay 2 – 2 Italy A.E.T (Italy win 3-2 on penalties)

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Updated: June 30, 2013

Italy hold their nerves during penalty shootout to overcome Uruguay for third place in the Confederations Cup.

The final day of the 2013 Confederations cup in Brazil began in Salvador at the Itaipava Arena between the two losing teams of the two semi-finals from midweek, Uruguay and Italy, before the evening of the Confederations cup final.

Third place play-off finals at world cups are always seen as the most important, as the winning team is awarded the bronze medal but it doesn’t seem that important at the “dress rehearsal” tournament.

Well, this year’s third place play-off final match was taken seriously from both nations.

It was a good start for the Italians when a dangerous free kick delivery hit the back of Uruguay goalkeeper, Fernando Muslero, for the ball to be tapped in from the line by Davide Astori.

The referee was unsure if either the goal was an own goal from Muslero or the goal came from Astori’s tap in. Thanks to FIFA’s new goal line technology feature it was declared that the goal belonged to Italy’s Astori.

There has only been one goal under Edinson Cavani throughout the tournament which may not have helped his football impress big clubs such as Chelsea and Real Madrid in the transfer market.

13 minutes into the second half, a through ball delivery into Italy’s penalty area was received from Cavani, as the Uruguayan striker slotted the ball past Buffon and into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Italy then retook the lead 15 minutes later after a spectacular free kick from Alessandro Diamanti was curled into the top right hand corner.

Uruguay responded quickly 5 minutes after Italy’s second lead in the match. It was a second free kick goal and a second goal from Cavani, as the Napoli striker smashed the ball into the centre of the net with Buffon not having enough contact to direct the shot out of target.

The match reached to 90 minutes as match referee, Djamel Haimoudi (Alg), blew the whistle for extra time.

No more goals were added from either side during the half an hour of extra time. Italy were to enter their second penalty shootout of the tournament having to have lost the first one to Spain in the semi-finals.

Former Manchester United striker, Diego Forlan, missed the first penalty for Uruguay and was his second penalty miss of the competition after missing a crucial penalty against Brazil.

Goals from Alberto Aquilani and El Shaarawy kept the Italians in pole position for the third place until a miss from Mattia De Sciglio gave Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez, the opportunity to put Uruguay level.

But Suarez’s equalising goal were all for nothing when his team mates Martin Caceres and Walter Gargano missed their kicks. Emanuele Giaccherini handled the pressure to slot in the winning penalty for Italy.

Uruguay have only won one third place play-off final match in the last 8 occasions including their third place play-off defeat to the Netherlands at the 2010 world cup in South Africa.

The Italy squad can now take the plane home with smiles on their faces, as each member should be delighted with their finish to the tournament.

 

Line-ups:

Uruguay: 01 Muslera; 02 Lugano, 03 Godin, 16 Pereira (Booked) (Pereira – 81′ ), 22 Caceres, 05 Gargano, 07 Rodriguez (Gonzalez – 56′ ), 17 Arevalo (Perez – 106′ ), 09 Suarez (Booked), 10 Forlan, 21 Cavani.

Substitutes: 12 Castillo, 23 Silva, 04 Coates, 13 Aguirregaray, 19 Scotti, 06 Pereira, 08 Eguren, 14 Lodeiro, 15 Perez, 18 Ramirez, 20 Gonzalez, 11 Hernandez.

 

Italy: 01 Buffon, 02 Maggio, 03 Chiellini (Booked), 04 Astori (Bonucci – 96′ ), 05 De Sciglio, 06 Candreva, 16 De Rossi (Aquilani – 70′ ), 18 Montolivo

(Dismissed after an earlier booking), 23 Diamanti (Giaccherini – 82′ ), 11 Gilardino, 14 El Shaarawy.

Substitutes: 12 Sirigu, 13 Marchetti, 15 Barzagli, 19 Bonucci, 07 Aquilani, 08 Marchisio, 17 Cerci, 21 Pirlo, 22 Giaccherini, 10 Giovinco.

 

 

Jamie Match report by Jamie Davies

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