18 Jun 2009

Italy beat 10-man US 3-1

12:05 pm on 18 June 2009

Giuseppe Rossi set aside the mixed emotions of playing against the country of his birth to inspire the Italian football team to a 3-1 win over the United States in their Confederations Cup Group B match in Pretoria.

The American-born Rossi fired home a stunning long-range equaliser just 60 seconds after coming on as a 57th-minute substitute and confirmed Italy's triumph with another goal in stoppage time.

Midfielder Daniel de Rossi banished bitter memories of his last encounter against the Americans with a spectacular shot in the 72nd minute as the Italians swamped their 10-man opponents in the second half.

The Americans had taken the lead just before the interval through a Landon Donovan penalty but were fighting a rearguard action after midfielder Ricardo Clark was sent off in the 33rd minute for a lunging tackle.

The Italians, wearing a replica of their 1934 World Cup- winning kit with sky blue tops and burgundy shorts and stockings, next play Egypt and the U.S. face Brazil.

Brazil scored a stoppage time penalty to beat Egypt 4-3.