Spain beat Italy 7-6 on penalties to reach final Confederation Cup 2013

It has got to the Confederations Cup final almost everyone wants.World Cup holder against the five-times world champion. European winners twice against the tournament host. A new star in Spain pass processors versus Brazil, Neymar.Spain came through a grueling goalless 120 minutes and then kick shootout 7-6 against Italy in the semifinals on Thursday and will face Brazil in the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to be crowned World Cup tournament warm-up.

“I think that everyone has been waiting for this for the Confederations Cup final Spain vs Brazil,” said Spain captain Iker Casillas. “I think that the two teams that deserve to play the final in fact play.”

Jesus Navas log on the decisive penalty kick after a draining match more difficult because of the heat and humidity thick.No one missed in the shoot until the Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci fire over the bar to give Navas try to winner. Recently signed a midfielder for Manchester City to win coldly goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to end the first-class battle and sent to Spain last major final.

While calling his team “Lucky” to win, and it was Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is not about to concede the final due to fatigue _ although Spain has one day less than the rest of Brazil, who beat Uruguay 2-1 on Wednesday.

Spain beat Italy 7-6 on penalties to reach final Confederation Cup 2013

“We have to consider now what we need to do in the three days to recover., Said the director and certainly will stand up to Brazil in the Maracana”.” Players must feel happy like kids playing in the Maracana. They have won a lot, but they want to win in the Maracana.Hit Emanuele Giaccherini Italy and function in the 93rd minute and Buffon Xavi Hernandez shot from kick off the job in 115. That was the best chances in extra time, and then came the 12 sanctions perfect before Bonucci missed.

Del Bosque said, “We were lucky in the shootout. ‘” It was a very tough game for us. … It was a great team effort by both teams. It was a clean game and sports being played under very difficult climatic conditions”.

Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup and 2008 European Championship and 2012, and went second in the shootout. Buffon aged 35 years and Casillas aged 32 years old, among goalkeepers in the world’s elite for more than a decade, exchange handshakes with English referee Howard Webb before the shoot and then hugged each other.

Antonio Candreva, Alberto Aquilani, Daniele De Rossi, Sebastian Giovinco, Andrea Pirlo and Riccardo Montolivo all converted their kicks for the Italians.Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Juan Mata and Sergio Busquets made their kicks for France.

France beat Spain 4-0 in last year’s Euro final and defeated the Azzurri 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in the 2008 Euro quarterfinals.After Bonucci failed, Buffon dived to his right and Navas sent the kick past his outstretched arm.

In these conditions, between absences and fatigue, it is  impossible to go all the way, but the fellows moved me.”

We played a great match. They created and they conceded, but they were always in the match,” Spain coach Cesare Prandelli said. “They’re still ahead of us, but we are improving.

Spain will face Uruguay in the third-place match in Salvador, also Sunday.

Spain, missing injured Mario Balotelli, dominated the first half. France, without injured Cesc Fabregas and Roberto Soldado, settled down and bolstered by the second-half insertion of Navas and Mata, wound up with 54 percent possession as well as a 19-13 advantage in shots.Before kickoff, about five,000 anti-government protesters battled police about one mile from the stadium.

These were the latest in a series of nationwide protests that have hit Brazil since June 17. Demonstrators, expected to turn out again Sunday, are angered about corruption and poor public services despite a heavy tax burden. Protesters are also denouncing the billions of dollars spent to host the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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