Yesterday was a sad day for Italian soccer fans but a great day for Brazilian and American ones. After Brazil’s victory over World Cup holders Italy and a surprise win for the USA over Egypt, the two teams from the American continent advanced to the next round of the Confederations cup while Italy and Egypt started packing for the trip home.

Marcello Lippi Italy coachItaly’s performance in the tournament was rather disappointing overall. In 3 games, they only managed to win one against a 10-man USA team. Brazil was not going to play games in the last game of the first round and in the span of 10 minutes towards the end of the first half scored 3 goals to send the Italians packing. Kaka proved with his performance yesterday that Real Madrid certainly did not waste their money in acquiring him from AC Milan this summer. Luis Fabiano scored 2 goals for Brazil while Italy’s defender Andrea Dossena scored an own goal to create the final score 3-0. In the meantime, Italy coach Marcello Lippi is under fire for his team’s miserable appearance at the Confederations Cup. Many complaining that he did not give younger players more chances; he insists that his choices where the best he could make to field a competitive team. Too bad it didn’t work for him.

USA also managed to squeeze through to the next round by defeating Egypt 3-0. After two games, Egypt had shown to be the better team but the USA team managed to overcome 2 very bad performances early in the tournament to win the game and the 3-way tie that resulted at the conclusion of the last two games for the group. USA now has a date with European Champions, undefeated, world-record holders Spain. In my opinion, this is a game that Spain should win stretching their winning streak to 16 games. Brazil will play South Africa in a game that they will most likely win. In other words, there is a good chance that we are going to see a final game between Spain and Brazil. Could this be a prelude to the 2010 World Cup final? We shall see, I guess.

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