Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
RECIFE

Soccer: Prandelli praises Italy's 'capacity to suffer'

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Recife, June 20 - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli
praised his side's courage and "ability to suffer" after they
beat Japan 4-3 in a thrilling see-saw match in the Brazilian
city of Racife to qualify for the Confederations Cup
semi-finals.
But Prandelli also said he was worried about his side's
physical condition, as they looked tired after Sunday's 2-1 win
over Mexico and struggled with the Brazilian heat.
The Azzurri started badly and were 2-0 down to a Japan side
trained by Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni within 33 minutes.
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi pulled a goal back with a
header before half-time and Italy took the lead early in the
second half with an own goal by Japan defender Atsuto Uchida and
a Mario Balotelli penalty.
Zaccheroni's side levelled with a Yasuhito Endo free kick
but substitute Sebastian Giovinco touched in late in the match
to ensure Italy go through to the last four regardless of what
happens in next weekend's final group match against hosts
Brazil.
"It was a hard-fought match made up of lots of mini matches
in which the players' physical condition influenced a great
deal," Prandelli said.
"Japan had an extra day's rest beforehand and that made a
difference.
"This tournament is wonderful but if they want to safeguard
the quality of what's on show, they should give more time for
the players to recover.
"We were lucky. Japan played much better and in the first
half hour we didn't know what to do.
"But I'm happy with my players' temperament, their capacity
to suffer, and, when the score was 3-3, their desire to go and
try to find the opposition's goal.
"We changed the formation we used many times and this game
will be useful for us for the future".

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