Pirlo beauty at Maracana headlines weekend Confed action

Pirlo beauty at Maracana headlines weekend Confed action

Pirlo beauty at Maracana headlines weekend Confed action

Simply superb!!! Are the words you might want to use to describe Italian veteran Andrea Pirlo. The Juventus man struck a beauty of a freekick with Super Mario scoring the winner in the second half as Italy started off their Confederations Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Mexico on Sunday night at the Maracanna Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

On opening day, Brazil did exactly what was expected of them, beating the Blue Samurai 3-0, a first win for them in a competitive match in a span of two years. Neymar proved he was worth the 47m Euros Barcelona coughed up for him with a sublime volley that started off Brazil’s campaign on a high.

Japan lost control in the whole game with no signs of a come-back giving an opportunity for the five time World Cup winners to dominate the game. Paulinho and youngstar Jo netted the other two to sail the Samba boys to a comfortable win.

The World and European champions Spain crushed Uruguay 2-1 with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scoring the lone goal for Uruguay. Spain makes it 23 matches unbeaten competitive matches.

The Azzuri are seeking to wipe off their nightmare performance in the last confederations cup in South Africa and they started off well with a 2-1 win over Mexico. Javier Hernandez had cancelled out Andrea Pirlo’s opener but super Mario Balotelli who was flamboyant all evening scored the winner.

The FIFA tournament is being used to test Brazil's preparations ahead of the World Cup they host next year

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