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Confederations Cup

  • 30 June 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Bahia
  • Referee: D. Haïmoudi
  • • Attendance: 43382

Italy won 3 - 2 on penalties

Uruguay-Italy Preview: Pride at stake in battle for third place

Uruguay-Italy Preview: Pride at stake in battle for third place

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Both sides were narrowly beaten in their quest for a place in the final and will want to end the tournament on a high with victory on Sunday

Uruguay and Italy will feel hard done by as they battle for third place in the Confederations Cup rather than the trophy itself.

The South Americans had the stuffing knocked out of them by a late Paulinho header in their 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the semi-finals, while the Azzurri were beaten 7-6 in the most epic of penalty shoot-outs against Spain.

That leaves the two sides to battle it out on Sunday for what is effectively the tournament's wooden spoon, but both are expected to field strong sides and Uruguay could again start with their prized forward line of Diego Forlan, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.

Cesare Prandelli has a few fresh concerns. Striker Alberto Gilardino suffered a knock against Spain, meaning Stephan El Shaarawy could get the nod after watching on from the bench in their last encounter.

Meanwhile, the former Fiorentina boss has confirmed that Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli will miss out due to injury and Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate are both sidelined.

  • It's nearly two years since the two sides last met. Back in November 2011 Uruguay prevailed 1-0, with Sebastian Fernandez netting the only goal of the game.
  • In the eight games in which the nations have clashed, Uruguay have won three, Italy two, while there have been two draws.
  • Eight of Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay squad ply their club football in Italy.
  • He may have attracted interest from a host of big clubs, but Edinson Cavani's international record is a disappointing one. He has scored just six times in his last 28 games for Uruguay.
  • The Azzurri were beaten by Spain on penalties in the semi-finals, but they were the first side in 16 attempts to record a clean sheet against la Roja.
  • Uruguay's full-backs had best be on their guard - Italy have attempted more crosses than any other side in the competition (69).

Players to watch

D. Forlán

Position: Attacker

Games: 4

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The 34-year-old has endured a mixed tournament. Despite marking his 100th cap with a stunning goal in Uruguay's 2-1 victory over Nigeria, his penalty miss against Brazil ultimately proved costly. The veteran remains a potent threat from set-pieces and inside the 18-yard box, however, and Italy will have to be wary.

A. Candreva

Position: Midfielder

Games: 3

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The Lazio midfielder produced an incredible display of endeavour and class in the semi-final defeat to Spain. He caused left-back Jordi Alba no end of problems with his attacking forays and his chipped opening penalty for Italy was an outstanding example of composure, making him one of Italy's stand-out threats.

Editor's Prediction

They've had a day less to recover than Sunday's opponents, but such was the impressive nature of their display against Spain in the semi-finals, Italy will have just enough left in the tank to edge past Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay.

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Italy ITA
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