Friday, 19 June 2009

[Azzurri] First half cost Italy

Italy coach Marcello Lippi has blamed his side's shock 1-0 defeat by Egypt on a bad 20-minute spell and underlined the need to beat Brazil to advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Marcello LippiLippi noted that his team had created three or four good chances, mostly in the second half of their Group B game in Johannesburg last night.

"I think we deserved at least one goal," he said. "I think Egypt have played two great matches here.

"We are in a very difficult group, very different from the other group. Their goalkeeper had a fantastic game and things just did not go for us."

Lippi said he thought his team played well for the first 25 minutes but lost the initiative in the final part of the opening period, conceding a goal shortly before the break to a header from Mohamed Homos.

"We weren't very aggressive. We didn't play like we had planned at that stage. When Egypt started to play and scored, it all unravelled and we stopped playing. We didn't go for the ball.

"We played well in the second half and created chances. Egypt played a fantastic second half against Brazil and an excellent first half against us."

The Azzurri will now have to beat Brazil in Pretoria on Sunday, or at least match the outcome of the Egypt-USA game to reach the last four.

"We've simply got to win," he said. "We will try to take the initiative."

[FIFA Confederations Cup 2009]

Source: Reuters

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