Football: Inspired Brazil see off Italy to win Group A
SALVADOR DE BAHIA, Brazil (AFP) - An inspired second-half showing from Brazil earned the Confederations Cup hosts a 4-2 win over Italy in Salvador on Saturday to win Group A and avoid a potential semi-final meeting with Spain.
The dubious honour of facing the world champions in a Thursday semi in Fortaleza is now likely to be Italy's fate assuming the Spanish, with two wins under their belts ahead of their final meetnig with Nigeria, top Group B.
Brazil made it three wins in three games at the event to earn a probable semi-final with Uruguay in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday.
Brazil started looking like a side who had been energised not just by their opening wins and clean sheets against Japan and Mexico but also the waves of popular protest by citizens demanding better social policies and an end to state corruption.