Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Japan's 'Huge Regret' Against Italy
Football Italia, June 20th, 2013 12:55PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  confederations cup, italy, japan

MOST COMMENTED

Alberto Zaccheroni expressed “huge regret” following Japan’s 4-3 loss to Italy in a thrilling FIFA Confederations Cup encounter in Recife on Wednesday. Japan’s Italian coach lamented that Sebastian Giovinco’s late winner came after his team had hit the bar twice during the same play. “Obviously when you have the chance to win the game and moments later concede the decider there is going to be huge regret,” Zaccheroni said. “My players deserved so much more from this match.”

Meanwhile, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said the humidity made it difficult for the Azzurri: “We deserved it against Mexico, but struggled like crazy tonight,” he said. “The humidity is something we have to deal with, as it really is difficult. We were 2-0 down and in the first 25 minutes didn’t know what we were meant to be doing. We got it back on track and then tried to preserve the result because we had run out of gas! We had no energy to do anything else at that stage,” he added. “In those moments you are not clear-headed and struggling to do everything, so you have to be even more focused.”

Forward Emanuele Giaccherini said the Azzurri did not deserve the victory: “Was it a deserved victory? In all honesty, no, but this is Italy and we know when to fight for a result in the moments of difficulty,” the Juventus player said. “A bit of fortune, refusal to give up and determination earned us the win. I don’t know what happened. Japan deserve credit, while we also started too sluggishly and were not aggressive enough.”

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Real Beats Barca to Promising Youngster    
Real Madrid has beaten Barcelona to the signing of promising youngster Marco Asensio, in what Spanish ...
Guardiola Hopes Messi Stays at Barca     
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he hopes "with all my heart" that Lionel Messi ends ...
Man City, Bayern Fans Persist with UEFA Protest    
PA Sport reports that Manchester City and Bayern Munich will continue their "Respect ... Fans" protest ...
Report: Sony to End FIFA Partnership     
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony will become the second official FIFA sponsor to decide not to ...
Arsenal Fails to Register Giroud for UCL     
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be forced to sit out the Gunners' crucial UEFA Champions League ...
Koeman: Saints Can Finish Top Four    
Southampton coach Ronald Koeman insists his team can remain in the Premier League's top four following ...
Mourinho Downplays Di Matteo's Chelsea Success     
Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn into a comparison with former Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo, ...
Report: Barca's Vermaelen May Need Surgery     
Goal.com reports that Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen could require surgery to cure the hamstring injury that ...
Messi's Top Ten Records    
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who became La Liga's all-time leading scorer (253 goals) following his hat ...
Rodgers Admits His Future Could be in Doubt     
Brendan Rodgers admitted that he could be fired after Liverpool slumped to a fourth successive defeat ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives