Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/18/13
Italy go into their second game of Group A against Japan on Wednesday knowing that a win will all but see them qualify for the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. Mario Balotelli's drive and and a stunning free-kick from Andrea Pirlo - who was making his 100th appearance for the Azzurri - was enough to see off Mexico in their opening game. Japan - who recently qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Australia - slumped to a 3-0 defeat against host nation and three-time winners Brazil. However, Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is even more cautious of the threat posed by Japan as they are coached by his compatriot Alberto Zaccheroni. "Japan will have the slight edge, I think, because they have an extra day of rest," he said. "Plus, Alberto knows us very well, he knows how we work. I expect him to prepare a trap for us. "I trust that he will come up with an interesting strategy against us." Meanwhile Zaccheroni knows that Japan - who finished as runners-up i...
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