Brazil takes the lead, but Italy draws level in Geneva
Fred and Oscar got on the scoresheet for Brazil. De Rossi and Balotelli pulled two goals back in the second half, earning Italy a draw
Brazil had a good first half and were leading 2-0 before the break. However, Italy improved in the second half, earning themselves a draw and almost scoring a winner. In the end, the match in Geneva Switzerland ended in a 2-2 draw. Brazil’s next match will be on the 25th, against Russia in London.
Brazil took the lead in the 32nd minute. Filipe Luís crossed the ball in from the left flank, the Italian defence tried to deflect it, but it landed at Fred's feet, who side footed in first time past the keeper, Brazil 1-0. In the 41st minute, Neymar split the Italian defence and passed the ball to Oscar in the penalty box. The midfielder flicked it into Buffon's left corner, increasing the score for Brazil.
However, it did not take Italy long to draw level in the second half. In the 53rd minute, the Brazilian defence failed to clear a corner and De Rossi flicked the ball in, beating Julio César and pulling one back.
Three minutes later, Balotelli curled an unstoppable shot from outside the box beating Julio Cesar, who was a little off his line. Italy had drawn level and ffrom then on, they came close to the winner a few times. One of the chances saw a shot from Balotelli himself parried by Julio Cesar in the 57th, after the striker had been left with only the Brazilian keeper to beat.
With the draw, Brazil keep their record of not losing to Italy in almost 31 years. Their last defeat was in the 1982 World Cup, when Paolo Rossi finished off Brazil’s dream of winning that tournament, scoring a hat-trick that would see the Brazilians beaten 3-2 and booking them an early ticket home.
» More about the history of Brazil v. Italy matches
According to FIFA data, Brazil and Italy have faced each other 14 times in official matches. The Brazilians have the advantage with seven victories against Italy's five. They drew twice. Brazil scored 24 goals and let 19 in.
In World Cups, Brazil has more to celebrate than Italy. Brazil and Italy have decided two World Cups and the Brazilians won both times: 4-1 (1970) and 0-0 (3-2 on penalties in 1994).
In the 1938 World Cup, the Italians beat Brazil 2-1 and in 1978 in Argentina, the Brazilians also won by 2-1. However, one of biggest traumas in Brazilian footballing history was against Italy. In 1982 in Spain, Brazil lost to the Italians 3-2, match when Paolo Rossi’s hat-trick sent Brazil home.
For Italy, this Thursday's match is a chance to break a streak of results that have not favoured them much. The Azzura has not beaten Brazil since 1982, in that fateful match that sent Brazil packing. In these 21 years, Brazil and Italy have played five times, with three victories for the Brazilians and two draws, one of them in the 1994 World Cup final, which ended goalless and was decided on the penalties, with Brazil winning after Roberto Baggio’s missed his.
» History of Brazil and Italy matches
16.06.1938 - FIFA World Cup - Italy 2 x 1 Brazil
25.04.1956 - Friendly match - Italy 3 x 0 Brazil
01.07.1956 - Friendly match - Brazil 2 x 0 Italy
12.05.1963 - Friendly match - Italy 3 x 0 Brazil
21.06.1970 - FIFA World Cup - Brazil 4 x 1 Italy
09.06.1973 - Friendly match - Italy 2 x 0 Brazil
31.05.1976 - Friendly match - Brazil 4 x 1 Italy
24.06.1978 - FIFA World Cup - Brazil 2 x 1 Italy
05.07.1982 - FIFA World Cup - Italy 3 x 2 Brazil
14.10.1989 - Friendly match - Italy 0 x 1 Brazil
17.07.1994 - FIFA World Cup - Brazil 0 (3) x (2) 0 Italy
08.06.1997 - Tournoi de France (Tournament of France) - Italy 3 x 3 Brazil
10.02.2009 - Friendly match - Brazil 2 x 0 Italy
21.06.2009 - FIFA Confederations Cup - Italy 0 x 3 Brazil
21.03.2013 - Friendly match - Brazil 2 x 2 Italy