Spain Eliminates Italy, Advances to Confederations Cup Final

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - Juan Navas scored the decisive penalty kick after Leonardo Bonucci skied his attempt over the crossbar, and Spain beat Italy 7-6 in a shootout after a 0-0 tie Thursday night to reach the Confederations Cup final against Brazil.

In a draining match on a night of heat and humidity, Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini hit a post in the 93rd minute and Azzurri goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon deflected Xavi Hernandez's kick off a post in the 115th.

Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, will play Brazil on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium for the title in the World Cup preparation tournament.


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