Carnage! Italy battle hard to win 4-3 in Confederations Cup thriller with luckless Japan

Japan 3 – Italy 4 (Confederations Cup, June 20, 2013) (Longer highlights.) Japan’s Keisuke Honda scored a penalty in the first half after Buffon was deemed to have brought down an opponent. Shinji Kagawa produced a wonderful left footed finish to give Japan a two goal cushion. Daniele De Rossi pulled one back for Italy, heading home from a corner. Japan’s Atsuto Uchida scored an own goal early in the second half to make it 2-2. Mario Balotelli then scored from the penalty spot to complete the Italian comeback. Shinji Okazaki headed in for Japan to pull them back level. Sebastian Giovinco netted in the 86th minute to break Japan hearts.

GIF: Honda gives Japan the lead from the spot

GIF: Shinji Kagawa shows excellent technique to fire Japan 2-0 up

GIF: Daniele De Rossi heads Italy back into the game

GIF: Uchida scores an own goal to pull Italy level

GIF: Mario Balotelli scores from the spot to give Italy the lead

GIF: Shinji Okazaki heads in for Japan to make it 3-3

Japan incredibly unlucky, hitting the post and then the bar

GIF: Giovinco scores from close range to make it 4-3 Italy

B101 Writer