Brazil have been using home field advantage in their favor throughout the Confederations Cup up to this point. They defeated Japan 3-0 then Mexico 2-0, and now after yesterday’s group finale, they boast a perfect three for three record after their 4-2 victory over Italy.
Neymar is a player that the world has been talking about, especially since his big money move to Barcelona earlier this month. He scored a sensational volley against Japan, a low one timer against Mexico and he saved the best for last with the well driven free kick past Gigi Buffon into the top corner of the net. In addition to the goals, he has been very nifty with the ball which has caused defensive mix-ups for opposing teams.
Italy allowed four goals just a game after allowing three against Japan. However, this time around, Andrea Pirlo was given a rest due to a slight knock he had picked up in the last game. Brazil were without Paulinho for what is believed to be the same reason. This was the first game in which the home nation allowed a goal. Paulinho was responsible for playing right in front of the back four so he stopped attacking plays before any real danger came their way.
Now, Brazil are in the semi-finals with a game against fellow South American nation Uruguay looming this upcoming Wednesday. Both sides know one another very well so a blowout is not expected. Brazil holds the advantage, however, with more talented players, better success at the world stage and of course, they are at home. This is certainly one to watch this coming Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. EDT.