Italy booked their semi-final place as they snatched a barely-deserved victory from a pulsating game in Recife to dump Japan out of the Confederations Cup.
Italy secured a place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup following a thrilling 4-3 win over Japan in Recife.
Japan must close down Andrea Pirlo if they want to defeat Italy in the Confederation Cup, according to Alberto Zaccheroni.
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi picked out Shinji Kagawa as the dangerman for Japan ahead of their Confederations Cup game.
Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli warned his match-winning striker Mario Balotelli to "flexing his muscles".
Andrea Pirlo orchestrated Italy's 2-1 win against Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Sunday.
Italy silenced their critics with the 2-1 win over Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, says Riccardo Montolivo.
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.
Gigi Buffon saw “a convincing start” to Italy’s Confederations Cup after they beat Mexico 2-1.
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo could not have picked a more perfect scenario for his 100th cap, against Mexico at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday.
Ronaldo has warned Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli not to "waste his talent like Adriano".
Stephan El Shaarawy skipped training as Italy tested out a 4-3-2-1 system ahead of the Mexico match.
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