Italy vs Egypt

In FIFA Confederation Cup, Football on June 17, 2009 at 16:02

By Joe,

Giuseppe Rossi Italy Football Team

The table shows that Italy is in pole position for Group B in the Fifa Confederation Cup. Italy tops the table with a goal difference or +2 and 3 points from 1 win, while Egypt is 3rd with no points and with -1 goal difference. Italy needs to win comfortably here in order to keep the top spot before playing Brazil in the final game.

Italy had to thank late substitute Giuseppe Rossi and Daniele De Rossi for their 2nd half efforts to put them on top of the table. They beat USA with 3-1 in their first ever match but their debut in the Fifa Confederation Cup did come with a little twist. Italy played against 10 men USA when a second red of the tournament was given to American R. Clark. At this point, Italy looked in full control to go on and win the game. However, Coach Lippi’s men were surprised by going 1-0 behind when Chielini gave away a penalty to USA. Italy only managed to salvage a surprise defeat when substitute Giuseppe Rossi came into the scene. Italy will most likely take pragmatic approach against Egypt. A more defensive Italian can be expected. Captain Pablo Cannavaro has recovered from his injury and might replace Nicola Legrottaglie or Giorgio Chiellini.

Egypt gave the neutrals something to bite on. They were just a few minutes away from taking away a point from the reigning champion of the Fifa Confederation Cup. Egypt played bright and direct football which matched Brazil’s pace and movement. However, they were not able to hold on as the match ended with a 4-3 defeat where Ahmed El Mohamady’s deliberate handball at the goal line and a penalty was converted by Kaka. Ahmed El Mohamady has the unfortunate record of receiving the first red card of the tournament. The Egyptian team did appeal and complain over the referee Howard Webb’s decision, but the FIFA rejected their claims. Mohammad Zidan will be a marked man for the upcoming Italian defense as he scored twice against the Brazilian. Egypt will need to win to stay alive in this tournament. Midfielder Ahmed Eid could replace the suspended Ahmed El Mohamady.

Italy can qualify for the semifinals of the Fifa Confederation Cup if they are to beat Egypt at Johannesburg. Egypt surprised everyone in the opening match, could they go one and do one better? Italy looks likely to win this affair as they will prey on the Egyptian’s mistakes, mybet is offering Italy at 1.60 to win.

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