Italy comes back against Brazil and plays to a draw


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (BDCi) — Mario Balotelli scored a stunning goal as Italy came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Brazil in an entertaining friendly in Geneva on Thursday.

It looked as if Italy would pay for their missed opportunities when Brazil took a 2-0 halftime lead thanks to goals from Fred and Oscar.

However, Daniele De Rossi pulled within one back nine minutes after halftime and Balotelli leveled with a screamer 25 yards out three minutes later, taking his tally to eight goals in eight games in 2013 for his club and his country.

“Italy’s two goals stemmed from our mistakes, and not from their creation,” Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar said. “When they attacked well I managed to control it, in particular by coming out of my area several times.”

“I don’t want to mention names, it’s something that concerns only us, but you can be sure we will talk about it. We made mistakes in our passing and we made ourselves vulnerable at times. But we cant forget that Italy is a great team. But we still would have won if we hadn’t made certain mistakes.”





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