16/06/2013101
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Summary

Centurion Pirlo and Balotelli see off Mexico
A brilliant Andrea Pirlo free-kick, on his 100th international appearance, and a 78th-minute Mario Balotelli effort earned Italy a 2-1 win over Mexico in their Brazil 2013 opener. More »

Line-up

12
1
2
3
3
5
6
8
10
9
11
15
14
16
15
18
17
20
18
21
22
22

Substitute(s)

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12
23
13
4
2
5
4
7
6
8
7
9
10
13
11
16
14
19
17
20
19
21
23

Coaches

José Manuel DE LA TORRE (MEX)
(ITA) Cesare PRANDELLI

Officials

Referee: Enrique OSSES (CHI)Assistant Referee 1: Carlos ASTROZA (CHI)Assistant Referee 2: Sergio ROMAN (CHI)Fourth official: Djamel HAIMOUDI (ALG)Fifth official: Redouane ACHIK (MAR)

Have Your Say

Man of the Match

ItalyITA

Andrea PIRLO

Midfielder
has been elected
MAN OF THE MATCH

Statistics

10Shots14
3Corner kicks4
2Yellow cards3
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
43%Possession (%)57%
  • Riccardo Montolivo of Italy competes with Gerardo Flores of Mexico
  • Daniele De Rossi of Italy goes up for a header with Hiram Mier of Mexico
  •  Mario Balotelli of Italy reacts
  • Javier Hernandez and Giovani dos Santos of Mexico look dejected
  • Mario Balotelli of Italy is interviewed
  • Cesare Prandelli head coach of Italy celebrates

“I don’t have words to describe what Pirlo did today. He’s the epitome of football and an example to everyone. He deserves a big round of applause. He gave us the lead and controlled the game. In contrast, Mario [Balotelli] needs to stop showing off his muscles. With celebrations like that, he’s only going to pick up pointless yellow cards,” Cesare Prandelli, Italy coach