Italy vs. Uruguay, 3rd Place Playoff, Confederations Cup 2013, Odds, Prediction, and Pick
The finalists of Confederations Cup are decided as Italy and Uruguay faced a heartbreaking defeat in their respective semifinals. Both the teams would face each other in the only playoff meant to decide the third place holder in the tournament. This match would take place right before the final at Estadio do Maracana on 30th June 2013 at 10:00pm GMT. Both the teams played well in the semifinals only to lose in the later stage of the game. Uruguay lost to hosts by two goals to one whereas Italy's fate was decided by penalty kicks after match ended in a goalless draw after fulltime and added extra time. Regardless to how they played in their last games, this game is expected to be a close one.
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Italians can consider themselves as unlucky as they lost a game which could have gone either way till last moment. Despite unavailability of their striker Mario Balotelli, they managed to create a plethora of chances against a mighty Spanish side. Pirlo would once again be a key player when they take on spirited Uruguay side. Uruguay may look slightly weak on paper, but they have the capability to topple any opponent on a given day. Uruguay is perhaps the most experienced side in the competition and that experience would help. Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez is the leading goal scorer in the competition and much would be dependent on him once again. This game might be a little overshadowed by the hype of Brazil vs. Spain final, but this game promises to be a close encounter as well.
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Uruguay has the experience behind its back while Italy is reliant on big players. Italy crashed against Brazil in the group stage, but was fabulous in their game against Spain. Buffen was brilliant in saving the ball from entering the nets in the previous game and same would be expected of him once again. Due to overall better side on paper and form, I think Italy would emerge on top in this third place playoff.
- Prediction: Italy: 2 Uruguay: 1
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Both the teams have played well in the tournament. Italy lost to Spain in the semis whereas it was Brazil who showed Uruguay the way out. In this important encounter, I think Italy would just get past Uruguay to secure third place in the Confederations Cup 2013.