Italy’s hopes of advancing to the final four of this year’s Confederations Cup took a heavy blow as they suffered their first ever defeat against an African nation, going down 1-0 to Egypt in Johannesburg.
They are now level on points with the Pharaohs with just one group game
remaining, but Gianluca Zambrotta still believes that the Azzurri are the
favourites to join Brazil in the final four.
“This result does not mean anything yet, as we still have a
great chance of qualifying,” Zambrotta affirmed in an interview with Corriere
“As was the case against the United States, we had the wrong
approach in the opening 30 minutes; however, we bounced back well, especially in
the second half.
“We could have easily scored three of four times tonight, if
only we had a little more luck on our side.”
The World Champions must now achieve a result against an in-form Brazilian
outfit to give themselves
any hope of making it to the semi-finals.
Zambrotta continued, “This game will obviously be our last chance, so we will
have to sit tight and go for it.
“We lost against them in February, 2-0 in London, but we are keen to avenge
that defeat and to move forward.”
The Italians will need to achieve a better result than the
Egyptians do against the US, otherwise it could be all over until 2010 for
Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com