As the finalists from Marseille 2008 took to the pitch, expectations were high that sand would soon be flying in every direction. And so it was. Sidney rattled the bar early on and then proceeded to hit the target after a patient strike. Italy goalkeeper Stefano Spada was soon presented with a lone Brazilian, the ball at his feet and not ten yards away. The resulting shot, though, came right into his arms. Andre did better, slipping his shot narrowly under Spada. After Andre hit another, Italian captain Roberto Pasquali answered from the ensuing kick-off.
Sidney nearly got his third when a close-range header nicked the bar. After Pasquali added his second and the Brazilians struck immediately thereafter, it must have taken all the Italians had to maintain their belief. Pasquali surely did, blasting a bullet just inside the post to keep the Azzurri within striking distance. When Sidney nodded forward to help Andre complete his hat-trick, the outcome seemed apparent. Incredibly, Pasquali responded once again. But it was not enough.
Brazil have reached the semi-finals and on Saturday at 19:30 (local time) shall face Portugal, who defeated Japan earlier today in quarter-final action. Italy bid a fond farewell to Jumeirah Beach.