Uruguay v Italy, 30 June 2013

Score2-2 :: penalties 3-2 to Italy
RefereeDjamel Haimoudi
CompetitionFIFA Confederations Cup 3rd place play-off
VenueMaracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance43,382
Kick-off: 1.00pm local (5.00pm BST) Match Report Uruguay were the side to get off to the better start. Forlan was the first to test Buffon with a low free kick. Italy managed to find a way back into the game and started seeing more possession. The Azzuri opened the scoring with a fortunate goal. Diamanti's high curling free kick came off the woodwork, struck the back of Muslera and fell into the path of Astori who tapped into an open net. Cavani thought he had equalised before the break only for his header to be ruled out for offside. After the break it was Uruguay who came out the strongest and were soon level through Cavani. Gargano made a surging run through the middle of the pitch before feeding the Napoli striker who finished well. Uruguay could have taken the lead but were denied as Buffon made as terrific double save from Forlan. Against the run of play Italy edged ahead once more. Diamanti curled an excellent free kick into the corner from 25 yards. Cavani then equalised with his second. This was an even better free kick blasted in from 30 yards. After 90 minutes the sides were level at 2 - 2. Into extra time and Uruguay had a couple of shouts for penalties. Both appeals were turned down by the officials. Montolivo was sent off for a second bookable offence with 10 minutes to go. The midfielder trip Suarez as he was running at the Italian back four. The match went to penalties. With three misses Uruguay lost the shootout 3 - 2. Buffon's saves made the difference allowing Italy grabbed third place in the tournament. Preview The third place play-off will be contested by Uruguay and Italy. Both sides might consider themselves unlucky to have lost out in the semi finals. A win would provide a welcome confidence boost. Both managers will see this as an extra useful opportunity to gel their squad in preparation for their World Cup campaigns. Abel Hernandez will hope to get another chance to shine after he hit four against Tahiti. Italy are short of strikers and may be without Gilardino who picked up a knock against Spain. Despite a poor second half of the season El Shaarawy may finally be given a start.

2 (2)  Uruguay

Manager: Oscar Tabarez

2 (3)  Italy

Manager: Cesare Prandelli

Goals:

Edinson Cavani 58 G
Edinson Cavani 78 G

Goals:

Davide Astori 25 G
Alessandro Diamanti 73 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera
Defender Martín Cáceres
Defender Diego Godín
Defender Diego Lugano (captain)
Defender Maxi Pereira
Midfielder Egidio Arévalo
Midfielder Walter Gargano
Midfielder Cristian Rodriguez
Forward Edinson Cavani
Forward Diego Forlan
Forward Luis Suárez

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (captain)
Defender Davide Astori
Defender Christian Maggio
Midfielder Antonio Candreva
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi
Midfielder Alessandro Diamanti
Midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy
Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo

Substitutions:

Álvaro González for Cristian Rodriguez 55
Alvaro Pereira for Maxi Pereira 81
Diego Perez for Egidio Arévalo 107

Substitutions:

Alberto Aquilani for Daniele De Rossi 70
Emanuele Giaccherini for Alessandro Diamanti 83
Leonardo Bonucci for Davide Astori 96

Cards:

Maxi Pereira 8 Y
Luis Suárez 60 Y

Cards:

Giorgio Chiellini 55 Y
Riccardo Montolivo 80 Y
Riccardo Montolivo 110 Y
Riccardo Montolivo 110 R

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Juan Castillo
Goalkeeper Martín Silva
Defender/Midfielder Matias Aguirregaray
Midfielder Sebastian Eguren
Midfielder Álvaro González
Midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro
Midfielder Alvaro Pereira
Midfielder Diego Perez
Midfielder Gastón Ramirez
Midfielder Andres Scotti
Forward Abel Hernández

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Frederico Marchetti
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu
Defender Ignazio Abate
Defender Andrea Barzagli
Defender Leonardo Bonucci
Midfielder Alberto Aquilani
Midfielder Claudio Marchisio
Forward Alessio Cerci
Forward Andrea Pirlo

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Uruguay went first) 1 - Diego Forlan [saved] 2 - Edinson Cavani [scored] 3 - Luis Suarez [scored] 4 - Martin Caceres [saved] 5 - Walter Gargano [saved]

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Italy went second) 1 - Alberto Aquilani [scored] 2 - Stephan El Shaarawy [scored] 3 - Mattia De Sciglio [saved] 4 - Emanuele Giaccherini [scored]