Pirlo and Balotelli lead Italy to hard-earned 2-1 win over Mexico

Mexico 1 – Italy 2 (Confederations Cup, June 16, 2013) (Alternative highlights.) The Italians broke the deadlock courtesy of a wonder free-kick from Andrea Pirlo on his 100th international appearance. Mexico hit back soon after as Dos Santos won a penalty which Javier Hernandez dispatched with aplomb. Mario Balotelli showed great strength to restore Italy’s lead with a fine goal.

GIF: Mario Balotelli air shot, falls the ground v Mexico.

GIF: Andrea Pirlo’s sublime free-kick on his 100th Italy appearance v Mexico.

GIF: A behind the goal angle of Andrea Pirlo’s amazing free-kick v Mexico.

GIF: Giovani Dos Santos wins a penalty for Mexico v Italy.

GIF: Javier Hernandez scores Mexico’s penalty v Italy.

GIF: Mario Balotelli throws his shoe in anger.

GIF: Balotelli also kicks his shoe away in anger.

GIF: Mario Balotelli shows his strength to fire Italy back in front against Mexico.

Forza Italia! Tiziano Crudelli’s mental reaction to Mario Balotelli’s winner v Mexico.