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Spain beat Italy on penalties to reach final

Jun 28 2013, 4:12am CDT | by

Fortaleza, June 28 (IANS) Spain earned a place in the Confederations Cup final against Brazil with a dramatic 7-6 penalty-shootout victory over Italy here.

Fortaleza, June 28 — Spain earned a place in the Confederations Cup final against Brazil with a dramatic 7-6 penalty-shootout victory over Italy here. Newly signed Manchester City winger Jesus Navas...

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Spain beat Italy on penalties to reach final

Jun 28 2013, 4:12am CDT | by

Fortaleza, June 28 (IANS) Spain earned a place in the Confederations Cup final against Brazil with a dramatic 7-6 penalty-shootout victory over Italy here.

Fortaleza, June 28 — Spain earned a place in the Confederations Cup final against Brazil with a dramatic 7-6 penalty-shootout victory over Italy here.

Newly signed Manchester City winger Jesus Navas converted the winning spot-kick after Juventus winger Leonardo Bonucci sent his attempt over the bar at the Castelao Stadium Thursday night, reports Xinhua.

Both sides netted each of their first six penalty attempts after the scores were tied 0-0 at the end of extra-time. Sunday's final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium will be the first match between Spain and Brazil since November 1999, when the sides drew 0-0 in Vigo.

"It was a really difficult match and in the end it was a lottery. They really took their penalties well and we were lucky. We are tired and have to rest now to get ourselves ready for Sunday. We know that it's not going to be easy playing against Brazil at the Maracana in front of thousands of their fans but we are ready," Spain captain Iker Casillas said.

As expected, Casillas began in goal for Spain after coach Vicente del Bosque rotated the keepers' role during the group phase. And the 2010 World Cup-winning skipper made an immediate impact as Italy took the initiative. He twice saved headers from Napoli defender Christian Maggio before fisting away a powerful Daniele De Rossi shot.

Spain's best chance of the first half came when Xavi's delicate touch released Fernando Torres, who spun around his marker before firing his shot wide. Both sides appeared to labour in the second half as the sapping tropical heat took its toll. But it was Spain who looked most likely to score as del Bosque's side began to find gaps in the Azzurri defence with their signature short passing game.

Andres Iniesta twice tried his luck from distance while second-half substitute Juan Mata failed to make clean contact after a Torres header. Emanuele Giaccherini then came within inches of putting his team ahead in extra time when he thumped a 25m shot against the post.

Minutes later it was Spain's turn to be denied by the woodwork when Xavi's swerving shot was palmed against the upright by Gianluigi Buffon.

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Stats: Arsenal 2-2 Man City – Gunners Maintain Unbeaten Emirates Run But Defence Is Leakiest In Premier League When Dealing With Headers

Sep 14 2014 11:31am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Arsenal and Manchester City played out a 2-2 draw in North London on Saturday, with Sergio Aguero, Jack Wilshere, Alexis Sanchez and Martin Demichelis getting on the scoresheet. Here are some very interesting facts and figures… SEE ALSO: Can You Identify These Footballers From Their Childhood Photos? Chelsea Samsung Shirt Sponsorship Deal To End Next Season. (Images) Mario Balotelli Shorts Fall Down. ...
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Manuel Pellegrini Has to Play to His Strengths and Use David Silva at No. 10

Sep 13 2014 10:17am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

There were times in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates when David Silva was so influential it left most people wondering why he isn’t played as a No. 10 more often. When Silva is played centrally and given the freedom to roam, there are very few players in the Premier League who come close to matching his quality—his imperious display in north London on Saturday was just the latest example ...
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Arsenal's Draw with Manchester City Exposes Defensive Frailties

Sep 13 2014 9:59am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Emirates Stadium, London - Arsenal’s performance in this 2-2 draw with Manchester City was, in many respects, encouraging. With new signings Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez lining up in attack, the Gunners had a new-found zip about their attacking play. Arsene Wenger’s concerns, perhaps unsurprisingly, will be with his defence.  There are two separate issues: quality and quantity. In terms of quality, Wenger will doubtless be disappointed to have conceded two sloppy goals. On the fi ...
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Arsenal Player Ratings vs Manchester City: Jack Wilshere Superb, Mesut Ozil Invisible Again

Sep 13 2014 9:07am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Player ratings from Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City.Arsenal and Manchester City played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon in this early-season meeting between two of the main Premier League title contenders. Here's now Arsenal's players fared in an up-and-down display against the champions... SEE MORE: Welbeck Arsenal - (video) striker hits the post on debut SEE ALSO: best Premier League players 2014/15 (Images ...
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(Video) Sergio Aguero Scores Opening Goal Against Arsenal: Is the Man City Man the Premier League’s Most Lethal Finisher

Sep 13 2014 7:38am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Argentine shows killer instincts in front of goal once again. Check in to Arsenal vs Manchester City Despite a high-tempo attacking start from the home side it was Man City who took the lead at the Emirates Stadium after a super speedy counter-attack. It was speedy Spaniard Jesus Navas who pushed forwards through the gears and past challenges from retreating Arsenal players before providing a p ...
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Pablo Zabaleta: The Risk of Resting Manchester City's Beating Heart

Sep 13 2014 4:32am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Over the coming week the dressing rooms of Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Chelsea will be delighted if they receive a Manchester City teamsheet lacking Pablo Zabaleta. Zabaleta is a long-established terrace hero at the Etihad Stadium for his heart-on-sleeve, blood-on-collar performances. But over the past two seasons, the 29-year-old right-back has shown how pivotal he is to the Premier League champions at their very best. City rarely hit top gear without h ...
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Manchester City Must Ignore Criticism and Keep Faith with James Milner

Sep 5 2014 7:05am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

There was a moment during the second half of England’s friendly with Norway Wednesday night when Manchester City’s James Milner, who had replaced Jack Wilshere with 20 minutes remaining, tried to play a pass out wide. Milner sliced it horribly and the ball flew out for a throw in and England had to reset their defensive shape. It wasn’t Milner’s finest moment, but the reaction, as it so often is when England players are invo ...
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Sevilla’s Nico Pareja downplays Fazio loss

Sep 3 2014 11:00pm CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Sevilla centre-back, Nico Pareja has downplayed the loss of his defensive partner, Federico Fazio to Tottenham Hotspur, insisting the squad is constantly evolving and adapting, as they showed last year by winning the Europa League without Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas. In an interview on Wednesday, ...
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Five Things We Learned From Manchester City’s Shock Defeat At Home To Stoke

Aug 31 2014 3:22am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Five observations as the champions are beaten at home. SEE MORE: FIFA 2015 Player Ratings Revealed. In one of the early shocks of the season, champions Manchester City were beaten 1-0 at home by Stoke City on Saturday afternoon in a frustrating and slightly worrying result for Manuel Pellegrini's side. Here's five things we learned from the result: 1) Chelsea are top dogs now While Manchester City were no doubt deserving champions after seeing off a strong challenge from bot ...
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Stoke Tactics Earn Shock Win but Manchester City Should Not Panic

Aug 30 2014 12:33pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

MANCHESTER—Etihad Stadium For much of the final 20 minutes of this match, Stoke had all 11 players camped in their own defensive third. Manchester City, desperately committing men forward, tried everything to break through the sea of red and white in front of them and maintain their excellent start to the Premier League season. But with the creativity and inventiveness that has become the hallmark of their play under Manuel Pellegrini de ...
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