Italy and Spain met again at a major international tournament and once again it was decided in penalty kicks. Despite featuring two of the best goalies in the world — Iker Casillas and Gigi Buffon — neither No.1 shirt played much of a role in the shootout. Hell, neither even got a glove to any of the kicks.
Spain advanced to Sunday’s final against host Brazil, winning 7-6 in a tense shootout where both sides seemed very confident taking their kicks. The only misstep came from Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, who skied his attempt over the bar — the first miss for either team. Recent Manchester City signing Jesus Navas stepped up and converted his kick to send Spain into yet another final.
Spain hasn’t won the Confederations Cup and its loss to the United States at the 2009 tournament in South Africa is the only international tournament La Roja haven’t won since 2008. Brazil and Spain haven’t faced off against each other in a competitive match since 1986.
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