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unforgettable confederations: June 22, 2013

The game looked set to be goalless at the break but the deadlock was finally broken in first-half stoppage time, defender Dante pouncing from close range after Fred’s header had been brilliantly parried by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Giaccherini, teed up by Mario Balotelli, rounded off a swift counter-attack to get Italy back on level terms within six minutes of the restart. Parity lasted less than four minutes, however, before Neymar placed a fine free-kick into the top corner, leaving Buffon stranded. Fluminense forward Fred then extended Brazil’s lead with a neat finish into the top-left corner from Marcelo’s pass midway through the second period. Chiellini gave Italy hope of a comeback when he converted Alberto Aquilani’s assist five minutes later, and they were within a whisker of making it 3-3 10 minutes from time when Cristian Maggio’s header smashed against the bar. But the equaliser was not forthcoming and Fred restored the 2014 World Cup hosts’ two-goal cushion in the 88'th minute with another close-range strike after Buffon had denied Marcelo. | (insp)