x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Brazil knock Italy out

Luis Fabiano scored two first-half goals to help Brazil defeat Italy 3-0 last night and eliminate the world champions from the Confederations Cup.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA // Luis Fabiano scored two first-half goals to help Brazil defeat Italy 3-0 last night and eliminate the world champions from the Confederations Cup. Brazil scored all three of their goals in an eight-minute spell just before half-time. Luis Fabiano got on the score sheet in the 37th minute with a low shot from inside the area and adding another goal from close range two minutes before the break.

Brazil added to the lead on the stroke of half-time when the Italian defender Andrea Dossena scored an own-goal. Italy needed to beat Brazil by at least two goals to reach the semi-finals without having to depend on the other Group B match between Egypt and the United States, but were outplayed from the start by the Brazilians. *AP