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It's going to take something out of this world to top that incredible match between Italy and Japan. We could find that something special at the Maracana, where Tahiti (ranked 138th in the world) take on FIFA World Cup holders Spain. Nigeria, 6-1 conquerers of the Pacific islanders in their first game, face Uruguay in the group's second match in Salvador.

Join us tomorrow for all the build-up to tomorrow's fixtures as well as photos, reaction and news from Brazil as we continue the Confeds carnival.

We'll leave you with the moment Sebastian Giovinco sealed victory with his first Azzurri goal on a topsy-turvy evening in Recife. 

 Sebastian Giovinco of Italy scores his team's fourth goal


"The game was a real rollercoaster of emotions – it had a bit of everything! We had several chances to win it. Both teams played with great courage and skill. My players really gave their all and deserved a lot more than what they got. They did what was asked of them, especially given that they were playing against the runners-up from EURO 2012 and one of the favourites for this tournament. We’re heading back home disappointed, but with our heads held high."

Alberto Zaccheroni head coach of Japan reacts


"We went 2-0 down and we did not understand what to do for the first 25 minutes. Then we reacted well but we stopped again - only because we didn’t have any more energy. We lost focus but we were simply struggling and we needed to recover.

Clearly we need to be more organised and pay more attention. I really liked this Italy who could suffer and who wanted to win at any cost."

Cesare Prandelli head coach of Italy looks on

Have a read of our take on today's action - with Brazil and Italy both winning to advance to the Confeds semis.

Sebastian Giovinco of Italy scores

Some great images from a remarkable night, we'll have video highlights for you soon.

Italy 4-3 Japan

Wow. What an incredible game in Recife. Italy advance and assure Brazil of their place in the semi-finals with a remarkable 4-3 victory. Italy battled back from two goals down to lead 3-2 but were pegged back by a resilient Japan. There were disallowed goals and Japan hit the woodwork in a frenzied finish but Sebastian Giovinco's tap-in from Claudio Marchisio's cross settled matters. Stay with us for video highlights as soon as we get them.

The final whistle sounds.
NAKAMURA (in) comes off the bench to replace HASEBE (out) (Japan)
KONNO (Japan) is booked by the referee.
(4 - 3) GIOVINCO (Italy) scores!!
HAVENAAR (in) comes off the bench to replace MAEDA (out) (Japan)
H.SAKAI (in) comes off the bench to replace UCHIDA (out) (Japan)
(3 - 3) OKAZAKI (Japan) scores!!
MARCHISIO (in) comes off the bench to replace GIACCHERINI (out) (Italy)
ABATE (in) comes off the bench to replace MAGGIO (out) (Italy)
(3 - 2) BALOTELLI (Italy) successfully converts the penalty!
HASEBE (Japan) is cautioned.

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