Thursday March 21, 2013 Friendlies Finished Stade de Genève

Italy 2 - 2 Brazil

  • De Rossi 54’
  • Balotelli 57’
  • Fred 33’
  • Oscar 42’

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  1. World Cup - Balotelli scores stunner as Italy hold Brazil

    World Cup - Balotelli scores stunner as Italy hold Brazil

    A vintage international friendly saw Italy and Brazil draw 2-2 in front of a Geneva crowd that was treated to stunning goals. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Italy
    • Brazil
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    • 90+3' FULL TIME. A superb international friendly ends in a 2-2 draw with excellent goals all round. Balotelli's was arguably the pick of the bunch though.
    • 90+1' One final change for Brazil as Hernanes is off for Luis Gustavo.
    • 89' Diamanti stands over a late free-kick but sends his shot high into the air.
    • 88' Neymar drives a free-kick into the wall as he looks for a goal of his own.
    • 87' The tempo has dropped a touch with all these changes - as often happens in these friendlies - but it's been a fantastic occasion.
    • 85' Hulk is replaced by Jean as Brazil make another change.
    • 84' El Shaarawy fires a shot just wide of the upright after holding off Dante to get his shot away from the edge of the box. Excellent from the Milan youngster.
    • 83' Balotelli comes off after a storming performance and he is replaced by Alberto Gilardino.
    • 82' Poli goes into the book for a clumsy kick out at Lazio's Hernanes.
    • 81' Diamanti is straight into the action as he controls a corner with his thigh and whacks the ball over on the half-volley.
    • 80' De Rossi is forced off as his thigh is strapped up and Alessandro Diamanti comes on for the Roma star.
    • 79' In comes the free-kick and as Buffon smothers the ball, De Rossi goes down in a heap after taking what looked to be a nasty knock to the thigh.
    • 78' Maggio into the book for pulling Neymar from behind and chopping the forward down too.
    • 77' Brazil make a change at the back as Luis is replaced by Real Madrid's Marcelo.
    • 76' ITALY GO CLOSE! Balotelli looks certain to put Italy up as he gets a shot away from a tight angle but Dante produces a brilliant block. Wow.
    • 74' Luca Antonelli comes on for De Sciglio, who gave a decent account of himself in the Italy back four, even if he could be faulted for the opener.
    • 73' It's not quite happening for Hulk today as he lashes a drive over the bar from the left of the box.
    • 72' Balotelli starts losing his rag as he mouths off at an opponent. He just needs to focus on producing more brilliant goals like his strike today.
    • 70' Fred got the opening goal but he hadn't contributed too much other than that.
    • 69' Brazil make another change as Diego Costa replaces Fred in attack.
    • 68' ITALY GO CLOSE! Bonucci runs towards the near post to meet a corner and deflects his header just wide of the far post!
    • 67' A change for Italy as Giaccherini comes off for Andrea Poli.
    • 66' What a stunning game we have witnessed. A privilege.
    • 64' ITALY GO CLOSE! The Azzurri find Balotelli over the top and the striker pulls the ball down before seeing his firm straight shot cannon off Cesar and away.
    • 63' Hernanes goes into the book - not sure why though. Need a replay for that one.
    • 62' Oscar comes off after a good stint and is replaced by Kaka.
    • 61' Brazil threaten again and this time Oscar lays the ball off to Fred, who has a low shot deflected behind for a corner. When the set-piece finds Hernanes he blasts a shot well over the bar.
    • 60' Still the chances keep coming and now Hulk has a shot blocked just as it leaves his boot.
    • 59' Two goals of the highest quality from Italy have got them back into this match. What a game.
    • 58' Oh Hulk! The striker has the ball in space on the left of the box following another quick break but stumbles as he tries to deceive Buffon and loses the ball.
    • 57' GOAL! Italy 2-2 Brazil! A STUNNING goal from Mario Balotelli to bring Italy level! He picks his spot 25 yards from goal and curls a remarkable effort into the top corner! Sensational!
    • 56' Brazil win a free-kick 30 yards out and Neymar curls in a decent effort but Buffon has to skip along his line to save.
    • 54' GOAL! Italy 1-2 Brazil! A tremendous flicked finish from Daniele De Rossi! When the corner comes in the ball bounces for the Roma midfielder and he backheels it in on the bounce and into the far corner. Ibrahimovic-esque.
    • 53' El Shaarawy gets his first sight at goal and the Milan star wins a corner when his shot from a tight angle is blocked behind by Cesar.
    • 51' Brazil, by the way, are unchanged in the second half. Would expect Scolari to run through a few of his subs at some point though. It's a friendly after all.
    • 50' Cerci is involved for the first time and he delivers a teasing cross for Balotelli. He leaps at the back post but doesn't quite time his jump correctly as the ball comes off the top of his head and over.
    • 49' A rather disjointed start to the second half but it looks as though El Shaarawy has gone to the left of the attack.
    • 47' Italy have made a couple of changes with Alessio Cerci and Stephan El Shaarawy both on. Pirlo and Osvaldo are off.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45' HALF TIME. The ref blows five seconds before 45 minutes as Brazil go in with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Fred and Oscar.
    • 44' Here come Italy and Osvaldo is denied by a super save from Cesar as his fingers just brush the ball and send it wide.
    • 43' Oscar made Buffon look a chump. Not bad for a young man.
    • 42' GOAL! Italy 0-2 Brazil! A fine counter-attack is rounded off by a gorgeous little finish from Chelsea's Oscar as he stabs the ball the other side of Buffon.
    • 40' Fred goes down rather easily under pressure and wants a penalty. Nothing going though.
    • 39' Emanuele Giaccherini plays a pass wide to Pirlo and he jinks onto his left boot on the edge of the box before curling a fine effort just wide of the post.
    • 38' BALOTELLI GOES CLOSE! The Italy forward gets a sight of goal from 25 yards and his ferocious effort is parried away by Cesar.
    • 36' That has rocked Italy somewhat as they looked in control of the game, but one defensive lapse and Brazil have punished them.
    • 34' Just as I was praising De Sciglio, he lets Fred get away from him in the box for the opening goal.
    • 33' GOAL! Italy 0-1 Brazil! Fred scores against the run of play for the Selecao! Luis with the cross from the left and Leonardo Bonucci flicks the ball on for Fred at the back post, who thumps the ball home with a fine volley.
    • 31' Alves with a nice low ball into the box for Oscar and the Chelsea man whips in a lovely cross. However, there's no one attacking the back post.
    • 30' Impressive stuff so far from Milan's Mattia De Sciglio at the back for Italy.
    • 28' Montolivo with a rather wasted effort from 20 yards or so as he lifts the ball high over the bar. Still, another chance for Italy.
    • 27' Here's the first booking of the evening as Fred is shown a yellow for a challenge on De Rossi.
    • 26' Italy have been the better side so far. They have enjoyed the better chances and have kept Brazil to few opportunities.
    • 24' Luiz races in to chop Balotelli down from behind. Another challenge that could have merited a booking.
    • 23' It was a fantastic pass from Pirlo to set Maggio away on that last chance. Textbook.
    • 22' CHANCE FOR ITALY! Maggio gets in behind the Brazil defence but when one-on-one with Cesar tries to pump his shot into the turf. It doesn't come off and the keeper blocks, allowing Dante to take the ball away.
    • 20' Alves's passing is off again as a promising move breaks down when he fails to find his man.
    • 19' David Luiz, captain for the day, wins a free-kick for Brazil when drawing a foul from Osvaldo. Clever stuff from the Chelsea man.
    • 18' Italy come forward now and Balotelli, who is playing very nicely now, curls in a cross for Osvaldo. He gets in front of his man to connect with his head but flicks the ball off target as Cesar stands alert at his near post.
    • 17' Fernando takes charge of the set-piece and unleashes a thunderous effort that flies wide of the post. Bit of a ridiculous attempt from that range.
    • 16' Brazil win a free-kick some 35 yards from goal...
    • 15' Osvaldo tries a little chip from the edge of the box but gets his execution all wrong. That's never troubling Cesar or indeed finding a team-mate. Not entirely sure what he was up to there.
    • 14' Nothing comes of the corner though as Brazil try to break and Riccardo Montolivo is guilty of a foul on Oscar. That was messy and could have been a booking.
    • 13' Balotelli throws up his arms in frustration after being robbed of the ball but is quickly found again and sees a low effort roll wide of the post after taking a deflection.
    • 12' Hernanes has his first sight of goal but drags the effort wide as Christian Maggio comes out to put him under pressure.
    • 11' Lovely improvisation from Balotelli as he takes the ball forward and spots Giaccherini making a run into the box on the right. He scoops the ball up in the air for the Juve man but the ball just runs out of play.
    • 10' It's been a fantastic friendly so far, full of intensity which can be rare on these occasions.
    • 9' Nice flowing football from Italy and Andrea Pirlo turns the ball on first time 20 yards from goal but the Juventus star can't find Osvaldo in space at the back post.
    • 7' Brazil get lucky! Balotelli whips in a dangerous cross from the right and Osvaldo lurks in behind Alves. The Barca man sticks out a leg and diverts the ball to Cesar, but he didn't mean to. No backpass so Cesar picks it up.
    • 6' CESAR SAVES AGAIN! Balotelli runs onto another long ball over the top and takes his shot early, with Cesar turning the low effort round the post with his heel. That was rather unconvincing.
    • 5' Dani Alves takes possession of the ball but the Barca right-back, who is bottle blond for the occasion, can't make his pass infield.
    • 4' NEYMAR GOES CLOSE! Here comes Neymar for the first time and he drives into space in a central area and pulls the trigger from just inside the box. Buffon is equal to it as he parries the shot out with his fists.
    • 3' Not a bad start to proceedings at all. Both sides look very positive in Geneva.
    • 2' BIG CHANCE FOR ITALY! Emanuele Giaccherini cuts in from the left of the box and ghosts past Dante to fire in a wicked shot that Cesar turns round the post with an outstretched arm.
    • 2' Brazil race up the other end and Fred gets a shot away that Gianluigi Buffon deals with easily.
    • 1' Daniele De Rossi, sitting deep in midfield, lifts a pass over the top for Pablo Osvaldo but he can't get a clean shot away to test QPR's Julio Cesar.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Brazil in their famous canary yellow, Italy in Azzurri blue, as it should be.
    • 19:30 Two storming national anthems for two historic countries. It might be a friendly but this, ladies and gentlemen, is Italy v Brazil...
    • 19:25 Mario Balotelli, as ever, is the star attraction in the Italy squad, while Neymar is Brazil's big-name striker, supported by Chelsea's Oscar. It's also a big game for Lazio playmaker Hernanes, who gets a rare chance to impress in the midfield alongside Gremio's Fernando.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Bonucci, Barzagli, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio; Montolivo; Balotelli, Osvaldo. /// Brazil: Cesar; Alves, Luiz, Dante, Filipe Luis; Fernando, Hernanes; Oscar; Hulk, Fred, Neymar.
    • 19:15 These two countries have no less than nine World Cup wins between them and will again be among the favourites in 2014 - with Brazil hosting the competition of course. They have a relatively new man in charge in Luiz Felipe Scolari, who in his first game saw Brazi lose 2-1 to England in February.
    • 19:10 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the prestigious international friendly between Brazil and Italy in, er, Geneva.
  • Summary

    • 84' El Shaarawy fires a shot just wide of the upright after holding off Dante to get his shot away from the edge of the box. Excellent from the Milan youngster.
    • 76' ITALY GO CLOSE! Balotelli looks certain to put Italy up as he gets a shot away from a tight angle but Dante produces a brilliant block. Wow.
    • 68' ITALY GO CLOSE! Bonucci runs towards the near post to meet a corner and deflects his header just wide of the far post!
    • 64' ITALY GO CLOSE! The Azzurri find Balotelli over the top and the striker pulls the ball down before seeing his firm straight shot cannon off Cesar and away.
    • 57' GOAL! Italy 2-2 Brazil! A STUNNING goal from Mario Balotelli to bring Italy level! He picks his spot 25 yards from goal and curls a remarkable effort into the top corner! Sensational!
    • 54' GOAL! Italy 1-2 Brazil! A tremendous flicked finish from Daniele De Rossi! When the corner comes in the ball bounces for the Roma midfielder and he backheels it in on the bounce and into the far corner. Ibrahimovic-esque.
    • 44' Here come Italy and Osvaldo is denied by a super save from Cesar as his fingers just brush the ball and send it wide.
    • 42' GOAL! Italy 0-2 Brazil! A fine counter-attack is rounded off by a gorgeous little finish from Chelsea's Oscar as he stabs the ball the other side of Buffon.
    • 38' BALOTELLI GOES CLOSE! The Italy forward gets a sight of goal from 25 yards and his ferocious effort is parried away by Cesar.
    • 33' GOAL! Italy 0-1 Brazil! Fred scores against the run of play for the Selecao! Luis with the cross from the left and Leonardo Bonucci flicks the ball on for Fred at the back post, who thumps the ball home with a fine volley.
    • 22' CHANCE FOR ITALY! Maggio gets in behind the Brazil defence but when one-on-one with Cesar tries to pump his shot into the turf. It doesn't come off and the keeper blocks, allowing Dante to take the ball away.
    • 13' Balotelli throws up his arms in frustration after being robbed of the ball but is quickly found again and sees a low effort roll wide of the post after taking a deflection.
    • 6' CESAR SAVES AGAIN! Balotelli runs onto another long ball over the top and takes his shot early, with Cesar turning the low effort round the post with his heel. That was rather unconvincing.
    • 4' NEYMAR GOES CLOSE! Here comes Neymar for the first time and he drives into space in a central area and pulls the trigger from just inside the box. Buffon is equal to it as he parries the shot out with his fists.
    • 2' BIG CHANCE FOR ITALY! Emanuele Giaccherini cuts in from the left of the box and ghosts past Dante to fire in a wicked shot that Cesar turns round the post with an outstretched arm.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Bonucci, Barzagli, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio; Montolivo; Balotelli, Osvaldo. /// Brazil: Cesar; Alves, Luiz, Dante, Filipe Luis; Fernando, Hernanes; Oscar; Hulk, Fred, Neymar.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Italy

    Manager: Cesare Prandelli

  • Brazil

    Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

  • Line-up

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