Goal.com brings you into Loftus Stadium for one of football’s classic international rivalries, with Brazil and Italy locking horns in the Confederations Cup…Arriving at the stadium early, there was a buzz at the venue, with fans of both sides soaking up the atmosphere in Tshwane. Flags of the two football powerhouse nations were seen everywhere, while South African flags were also present to add local support to the affair.
The seats were soon filled in anticipation of what was to come, and a sense of being at one of football’s elite outings was felt in the rugby/football stadium.
As always, vuvuzelas were trumpeting around the capacity crowd, with journalists squashed in together to get a glimpse of the game that could either go down in football history as a classic, or a let down.
The loudest of the fans seem to be those of Brazil, but more Italian flags span the venue. Before the match Brazilian fans seemed to be the more confident of the two supporters, but even the South Americans admitted that you can never count out the Italians.
The stadium erupts every time Kaka receives the ball and goes on one of his mazy runs, but the slick touches of Andrea Pirlo are given similar acclaim. The crowd in Tshwane is appreciating this fine duel between two of world football’s traditional superpowers.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com