Italy 2 – 3 Chile GROUP F (Match #27)

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Chile came from behind to beat Italy in Recife this afternoon in a five-goal thriller, and reignite their hopes of making the knockout stages of the tournament from Group F.

Italy went in front in the fourteenth minute when Abate robbed Aránguiz in the centre circle and slipped the ball out wide to Sebastian Giovinco who cut inside from the left and found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

From the re-start Chile took just 25 seconds to draw level. Sánchez went on a run down the right before coming inside and finding Carmona. He played a one-two with Vidal to open up space for the through-ball to Humberto Suazo who slotted home from fifteen yards out past Sirigu.

Italy have lost Daniele de Rossi for the rest of the tournament after he suffered a torn calf muscle moments into the second-half, with the Roma midfielder now a doubt for the start of the domestic season.

Alexis Sánchez put Chile in front with twenty minutes to play, with another fantastic solo goal. He picked up the ball from a throw-in on half-way, ran diagonally towards the penalty area before finding the bottom corner from 15 yards out.

As Italy pressed for an equaliser in the final ten minutes, they were undone by some route one stuff from the South Americans. Bravo launches a huge goal kick up-field that was flicked on by Junior Fernandes. Charles Aránguiz won the race against a high Italian back four, rounded Sirigu and calmly made it 3-1.

Two and a half minutes over the 90 and Italy pulled a goal back when Claudio Marchisio had his close-range header saved from Chiellini’s cross, but he was able to poke home the rebound, some twenty seconds before the final whistle.

                  FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014
                       MATCH 27: GROUP F

                        ITALY 2-3 CHILE
                  Giovinco 14     Suazo 15
                 Marchisio 90     Sánchez 70
                                  Aránguiz 82

                             Recife

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GROUP F          P  W  D  L  F  A  GD  Pts
1. Italy         2  1  0  1  4  3  +1   3
2. Saudi Arabia  1  1  0  0  2  0  +2   3
3. Chile         2  1  0  1  3  4  -1   3
=. Ghana         1  0  0  1  0  2  -2   0
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