Sunday June 16, 2013 1st Round: Group A Finished Maracană

Mexico 1 - 2 Italy

  • Hernández 34’ (pen.)
  • Pirlo 27’
  • Balotelli 78’

  1. Confederations Cup - Pirlo and Balotelli net as Italy down Mexico

    Confederations Cup - Pirlo and Balotelli net as Italy down Mexico

    Andrea Pirlo scored a stunning free-kick on his 100th cap for Italy, but it was Mario Balotelli who sunk Mexico in a 2-1 win. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Mexico
    • Italy
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 2-1 win for Italy. Probably deserved it on the night.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Mexico trying to come up with some energy to rescue a late equaliser, but Italy look comfortable.
    • 87' Jimenez guilty of a late challenge on Pirlo. That should eat up a few more minutes.
    • 86' Alberto Aquilani replaces Emanuele Giaccherini for the Italians.
    • 85' Raúl Jiménez drives at the opposition goal. Gets the shot away, but Buffon makes a solid stop.
    • 84' Both teams tiring somewhat in these hot conditions as Mexico needlessly shed possession.
    • 83' Mexico also going to shuffle their pack as Raul Jimenez replaces Jesús Zavala.
    • 82' Change coming here for Italy as Balotelli departs to be replaced by Gilardino.
    • 81' Mario Balotelli scored with his seventh shot of the game and his fourth on target - twice as many as Mexico in total.
    • 80' Italy keeping possession with real enthusiam. Some terrific technical play by the former World Cup winners.
    • 79' Daniele De Rossi is shown the yellow card for a late one on Torrado.
    • 78' Balotelli has been booked by the referee for taking off his shirt after scoring.
    • 77' GOAL! Balotelli nets for Italy. Brilliant finish and Italy lead 2-1. Superb turn and finish to outmuscle Rodriguez.
    • 76' A bit of illegal pushing in the box. That is a free-kick to Italy in their own penalty area.
    • 75' Barzagli does enough to get back and cut out the cross by Dos Santos. Corner to Mexico.
    • 74' The referee not convinced that was a foul, and awards a drop ball.
    • 73' Late challenge in the air by Flores on De Rossi. Wasn't the cleverest of challenges there.
    • 72' Flores thumps a long-range effort at goal, but easy enough for Buffon to make the stop.
    • 71' Italy play Japan in their next match with Brazil facing Mexico, who are on the ball now.
    • 70' Plenty of fancy dress in this crowd. And plenty of noise. But will there will a winning goal for either side?
    • 69' Balotelli turns before firing a shot wide from the edge of the Mexico box. Decent effort but wide of goal.
    • 68' Andrés Guardado with a fine free-kick into the heart of the Italy box. Met by Zuniga, but nodded wide of goal. Real chance.
    • 67' Alessio Cerci replaces Claudio Marchisio for Italy.
    • 66' The Mexico goalkeeper Corona has enjoyed a fine match this evening. Has handled with real authority.
    • 65' Claudio Marchisio with a delivery deep in the Mexico half, but Corona is well placed to clasp the loose ball.
    • 64' Montolivo gets the corner from Dos Santos out of the danger zone. Italy with the chance to regroup.
    • 63' Dos Santos sees his cross cut off by Giorgio Chiellini. Mexico have a corner here.
    • 62' Mattia De Sciglio with a fine run and cross, but Corona is off his line quickly to grab the loose ball.
    • 61' Moreno with a clear pull on Balotelli. That was a certain foul. Not sure what the referee was thinking of there. Should have been red and a penalty to Italy.
    • 60' Balotelli through on goal. Seemed to be pulled back, but the referee not interested in awarding anything. We remain at 1-1.
    • 59' Giorgio Chiellini late on Hernandez, who appeals for a penalty. Referee didn't want to know.
    • 58' Pirlo again with a curling free-kick. Got the delivery over and around the wall, but the ball is wide of a post. Goalkick then to Mexico.
    • 57' Emanuele Giaccherini taken out of the action late by Dos Santos, who is booked for that effort. Italy with a chance of a free-kick from 30 yards. Again.
    • 56' Hernandez forced to concede the corner from Pirlo's free-kick.
    • 55' Torrado takes out Balotelli with a late challenge. Balotelli far from content with the nature of the follow through.
    • 54' Pirlo fails to pick out De Rossi with the free-kick, but Mexico scramble clear from their own area.
    • 53' Hernandez drives a shot wide at the other end. This game is finely poised.
    • 52' Pirlo's free-kick breaks to Montolivo, whose shot is held by Corona. Chance for a second Italy goal not taken.
    • 51' Rodríguez and Balotelli collide. Clear foul by the Mexico defender. Another free-kick for Pirlo here.
    • 50' Rodríguez blocks off Marchisio and that will be a corner-kick to Italy. Corona off his line to swat clear Pirlo's corner. Italy back in possession.
    • 49' De Rossi made 52 passes in the first half, 15 more than any other player on the pitch.
    • 48' Balotelli tries to lay the ball into the path of Abate, but he doesn't continue his run down a flank.
    • 47' Héctor Moreno is booked for a late tackle form behind on Balotelli. Not the cleverest of challenges.
    • 46' The action is off and running in the second half.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. 1-1. All to play for in the second period.
    • 44' We are into one minute of time added on in the first period.
    • 43' Looks like we heading for the break at 1-1 as Balotelli is held off by Rodriguez.
    • 42' Chilean referee Enrique Osses is a controversial figure who in 2005 was punched in the face by a player, this year took five minutes to send off Nacional defender Alejandro Lembo despite showing him a second yellow card in the Copa Libertadores and this season flashed 89 yellow cards and 12 reds in just 15 games.
    • 41' Marchisio guilty of chopping Guardado to the deck. Pirlo continues to dominate this contest with his passing.
    • 40' Chances continue to come and go at both ends, but we remain locked at 1-1 in this contest.
    • 39' Pirlo sends Abate clear down the right. Fine little cross, but Corona is on hand to fist clear the loose ball.
    • 38' Emanuele Giaccherini gives the ball away needlessly. Balotelli then sees an effort held by Corona in the Mexico goal.
    • 37' Riccardo Montolivo nudges a cross into the heart of the Mexico box, but nobody looking for the finish.
    • 36' Of players to reach double figures for Premier League goals last season, Javier Hernandez had the best mins-per-goal rate. 94.8
    • 35' Emanuele Giaccherini trying to jink through a few bodies in the Mexico box. But the green shirts do enough to mop up the danger.
    • 34' GOAL! Hernandez steps up to net for Mexico. Buffon dived to his right as the ball nestled in the net low to his left. 1-1 here.
    • 33' Barzagli lucky to avoid a red card as there was nobody between Dos Santos and Buffon when he went to ground.
    • 32' PENALTY TO MEXICO! Andrea Barzagli brings down Dos Santo in the box. And that is a clear penalty. And a booking for Barzagli.
    • 31' Italy are unbeaten in their six games in 2013 so far. Mexico are also unbeaten so far in 2013. Of their nine games this year, eight have ended in draws.
    • 30' Francisco Rodríguez deemed to be guilty of a handball as Buffon collects a high ball seconds later.
    • 29' Emanuele Giaccherini can't get his shot with the right foot on target as the ball spins away from goal on the right hand side.
    • 28' Pirlo just dropping off his markers and knocking the ball around at will. The man is a genius.
    • 27' Pirlo caps off a breathtaking performance so far with that goal. Little more than Italy have deserved from an excellent outing so far.
    • 26' GOAL! Pirlo with a stunning free-kick that flies into the net from distance. A quite magical goal. Brilliant stuff from the masterful midfielder.
    • 25' Free-kick chance for Pirlo after Torrado is guilty of a late foul 30 yards from goal.
    • 24' A strong surging run by Balotelli carries him beyond Francisco Rodríguez, but nobody on hand to convert the cutback.
    • 23' Italy with close to 57 percent of possession in this match. So no doubt who is enjoying the better moments.
    • 22' Balotelli takes out Hernandez with a late tackle. Clear foul and Mexico regain possession. For the moment.
    • 21' Andrés Guardado dinks the ball towards goal. Not sure if that was a pass or a shot. Easy pickings for Buffon in the Italy goal.
    • 20' Looks like the referee got that Pirlo decision spot on. Was minimal contact if any contact at all as Pirlo cut back inside before he would get a shot away.
    • 19' Andrés Guardado thumps a shot over and wide from distance. No hitting the crossbar that time.
    • 18' Dos Santos with the cross, but nobody in the box for Mexico. Easy enough for Mattia De Sciglio to clear the danger.
    • 17' Balotelli has his pocket picked as he prepared to shoot. Mexico carry the ball to the other end.
    • 16' Giovani dos Santos saw the free-kick blocked before Italy broke to the other end. Huge amount of noise in this Rio stadium.
    • 15' Looked a good penalty claim for Italy. Will need to see that one again.
    • 14' Pirlo is chopped to the ground after Italy broke from the free-kick. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee didn't want to know.
    • 13' Giorgio Chiellini with a late challenge on Dos Santos. That is a fairly cynical tackle.
    • 12' So unfortunate for Mexico before Balotelli clears the bar from distance at the other end. This game spinning from end to end.
    • 11' Superb play by Dos Santos. Cutback finds Guardado in space, but his shot comes back off the bar from 12 yards.
    • 10' Mario Balotelli wallops the ball at goal from distance after the pass from Pirlo. Jose de Jesus Corona down sharply make the stop.
    • 9' Pirlo simply oozing class at the moment on his 100th cap. Spreading the ball from side to side.
    • 8' Emanuele Giaccherini sends a shot spinning past a post from inside the Mexico box. Little doubt that Italy are the better team so far.
    • 7' Montolivo picks out Balotelli, but his shot is blocked by Jose de Jesus Corona. Fine save in the Mexico goal. First real chance for Italy.
    • 6' Francisco Rodríguez knocks the pass straight to Balotelli, who ends up lifting the ball over the bar from distance. Chance to give Italy an early lead not taken. Decent effort though from the AC Milan man.
    • 5' Andrés Guardado sees an effort fly wide of the Italian goal. Decent movement from Mexico.
    • 4' Italy do not have a great record against Mexico. They haven’t won since a 2-0 friendly in January 1993. A 20-year wait could end this evening.
    • 3' Balotelli just fails to lay the ball off to Mattia De Sciglio before Andrés Guardado thumps a shot wide of the Italian goal. Italy again pick up from deep.
    • 2' Emanuele Giaccherini with a strong run into the Mexico box, but a green shirt back quickly to make the intervention. Italy on the offensive early on.
    • 1' Mexico get the action off and running. Pitch in a gorgeous condition.
    • 19:57 A packed house in for this one. Should be an exciting match. Let us hope so.
    • 19:55 Italy coach Cesare Prandelli: "This competition will help us improve our team spirit even more, and it will also allow us to look at several players who could be useful in the future. We'll be starting against Mexico, who tend to play with lots of intensity, combining technique with speed. The Mexicans aren't here by mistake – they have quality in their team, particularly in attack."
    • 19:50 Mexico coach Jose de la Torre: "There's no doubting that we haven't obtained the results we need at home. It's always important to win matches at home, we haven't done it and that has made our lives more complicated. We haven't played good football and that has been reflected in the results.I think the supporters have the right to say what they want, they were extraordinary, they supported us throughout the game. Everyone has a coach within them and we will always see things differently."
    • 19:45 The Azzurri have Mario Balotelli and a new system in their Confederations Cup opener against Javier Hernandez’s Mexico. It kicks off at the legendary Maracanà in Rio de Janeiro at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), following on from last night’s Group A opener Brazil 3-0 Japan. There is a new 4-3-2-1 system with Juventus duo Emanuele Giaccherini – who scored Italy’s fastest ever goal after 19 seconds against Haiti this week – and Claudio Marchisio. Andrea Pirlo wins his 100th cap.
    • 19:40 Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, the only player to score in a competitive game for Mexico in 2013, starts up front for El Tricolor while Mallorca attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos is also recalled after starting the game against Costa Rica on the bench.
    • 19:35 Teams - Italy: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Pirlo, Montolivo; Marchisio, Giaccherini; Balotelli////Mexico: Corona; Flores, Rodriguez, Moreno, Salcido; Torrado, Aquino; Zavala, Giovani Dos Santos, Guardado; Hernandez
    • 19:30 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Italy against Mexico from the Confederations Cup in Brazil. Teams coming right up for you.
  • Summary

    • 79' Daniele De Rossi is shown the yellow card for a late one on Torrado.
    • 78' Balotelli has been booked by the referee for taking off his shirt after scoring.
    • 77' GOAL! Balotelli nets for Italy. Brilliant finish and Italy lead 2-1. Superb turn and finish to outmuscle Rodriguez.
    • 68' Andrés Guardado with a fine free-kick into the heart of the Italy box. Met by Zuniga, but nodded wide of goal. Real chance.
    • 60' Balotelli through on goal. Seemed to be pulled back, but the referee not interested in awarding anything. We remain at 1-1.
    • 52' Pirlo's free-kick breaks to Montolivo, whose shot is held by Corona. Chance for a second Italy goal not taken.
    • 47' Héctor Moreno is booked for a late tackle form behind on Balotelli. Not the cleverest of challenges.
    • 34' GOAL! Hernandez steps up to net for Mexico. Buffon dived to his right as the ball nestled in the net low to his left. 1-1 here.
    • 32' PENALTY TO MEXICO! Andrea Barzagli brings down Dos Santo in the box. And that is a clear penalty. And a booking for Barzagli.
    • 26' GOAL! Pirlo with a stunning free-kick that flies into the net from distance. A quite magical goal. Brilliant stuff from the masterful midfielder.
    • 14' Pirlo is chopped to the ground after Italy broke from the free-kick. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee didn't want to know.
    • 11' Superb play by Dos Santos. Cutback finds Guardado in space, but his shot comes back off the bar from 12 yards.
    • 7' Montolivo picks out Balotelli, but his shot is blocked by Jose de Jesus Corona. Fine save in the Mexico goal. First real chance for Italy.
    • 6' Francisco Rodríguez knocks the pass straight to Balotelli, who ends up lifting the ball over the bar from distance. Chance to give Italy an early lead not taken. Decent effort though from the AC Milan man.
    • 19:35 Teams - Italy: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Pirlo, Montolivo; Marchisio, Giaccherini; Balotelli////Mexico: Corona; Flores, Rodriguez, Moreno, Salcido; Torrado, Aquino; Zavala, Giovani Dos Santos, Guardado; Hernandez

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  • Mexico

    Manager: José Manuel de la Torre

  • Italy

    Manager: Cesare Prandelli

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