Uruguay V Italy: Confederations Cup 2013 - Match Preview

30 June 2013 10:57

Uruguay and Italy will feel hard done by as they battle for third place in the Confederations Cup rather than the trophy itself.

The South Americans had the stuffing knocked out of them by a late Paulinho header in their 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the semi-finals, while the Azzurri were beaten 7-6 in the most epic of penalty shoot-outs against Spain.

That leaves the two sides to battle it out on Sunday for what is effectively the tournament's wooden spoon, but both are expected to field strong sides and Uruguay could again start with their prized forward line of Diego Forlan, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.

Cesare Prandelli has a few fresh concerns. Striker Alberto Gilardino suffered a knock against Spain, meaning Stephan El Shaarawy could get the nod after watching on from the bench in their last encounter.

Meanwhile, the former Fiorentina boss has confirmed that Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli will miss out due to injury and Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate are both sidelined.

Did you know?

It's nearly two years since the two sides last met. Back in November 2011 Uruguay prevailed 1-0, with Sebastian Fernandez netting the only goal of the game.In the eight games in which the nations have clashed, Uruguay have won three, Italy two, while there have been two draws.

Eight of Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay squad ply their club football in Italy.

He may have attracted interest from a host of big clubs, but Edinson Cavani's international record is a disappointing one. He has scored just six times in his last 28 games for Uruguay.

The Azzurri were beaten by Spain on penalties in the semi-finals, but they were the first side in 16 attempts to record a clean sheet against la Roja.

Uruguay's full-backs had best be on their guard - Italy have attempted more crosses than any other side in the competition (69).


Source: DSG