June 16, 2009
Italy beats USA 3-1 in Confederations Cup: Pictures
Italy and the USA line up for the national anthems at the start of their Conferderations Cup 2009 encounter, June 15, 2009. Italy won the match 3-1.
The atmosphere at the match was great – huge support for Italy of course. But the USA had a fair amount of support as well, and did really well against the 2006 FIFA World Cup winners, even after they were reduced to 10 players in the first half by a red card. I found it amazing how there were spectators of all ages.
Quick fact: As the winner of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Italy represents the World in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Italy kicks off at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa, 20:30 (GMT+2) on Monday, June 15, 2009.
Italy dominated for most of the game.
A young USA supporter had his face painted in the flag of his favourite team.
USA’s only goal coming from the boot of Landon Donovan after being awarded a penalty. USA led 1-0 at half time.
A flurry of Italian flags as the Azzurri win 3-1, with two of Italy’s goals coming from American-born Giuseppe Rossi.