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June 16, 2009

Italy beats USA 3-1 in Confederations Cup: Pictures

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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.

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Italy kicks off at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa, 20:30 (GMT+2) on Monday, June 15, 2009.

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Italy dominated for most of the game.

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A young USA supporter had his face painted in the flag of his favourite team.

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USA’s only goal coming from the boot of Landon Donovan after being awarded a penalty. USA led 1-0 at half time.

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A flurry of Italian flags as the Azzurri win 3-1, with two of Italy’s goals coming from American-born Giuseppe Rossi.

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