Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/16/13

FOXBORO, MA - JULY 24: Damien Duff #11 of Chelsea FC advances the ball around Andrea Pirlo #21 of AC Milan in the first half of their World Series of Football friendly match on July 24, 2005 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
The ageless Andrea Pirlo led Italy past Mexico at the Maracana Stadium 2-1 on Sunday, courtesy of a winner from Mario Balotelli. It was a complete, comprehensive performance from the 34-year-old superstar, who collected his 100th cap and a goal to round out a superb afternoon. It was also, for nearly seventy minutes, the best match played yet in this young Confederations Cup and had the promise of being a classic. The encounter displayed fast, skilled and open play until Mexico became visibly overwhelmed after the hour mark. Pirlo continues to prove that age is nothing, putting on a passing clinic that Mexico simply had no answer for. The Juventus mastermind seized on Mexico's inability to lock down the right side early, pushing balls to Balotelli and Emanuele Giaccherini and targeting the woeful Gerardo Flores. Had Mexcio goalkeeper Joe Corona been off his game, this might have been a runaway match in the first half. ''Andrea Pirlo is football for us,'' Italy coach Cesare Prande...
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