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Italy stays put, show goes on
June 21st, 2013 10:04PM

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[CONFEDERATIONS CUP] The Confederations Cup will go ahead, despite massive protests about a host of issues related to economic and social conditions in Brazil. Saturday's action includes Brazil against Italy in a match of the Group A leaders at the 49,000-seat Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, where two buses carrying FIFA staff members were attacked earlier in the week.

“Going back home is something we are not thinking about at all,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli insisted.

As the protests have grown, so too has the speculation that FIFA will suspend the tournament -- or even pull the 2014 World Cup from Brazil and move it to a country like the United States, where the facilities exist to hold the tournament.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Friday the Confederations Cup will continue and the World Cup will take place next year in Brazil.

"There is no plan B," he insisted.

There was speculation that Italy was pressing to pull out of the tournament, fearing for the safety of its players.

“Of course," said Prandelli, "in the last few days, the situation has changed because while we were in Rio, everything was fine, we went around the city without any problems. Then in Recife [where Italy beat Japan] and here in Salvador, because of the problems we have not been able to leave our hotel, so we are concerned. But have we thought about going home? Absolutely not.”

GROUP A:
June 15
Brazil 3 Japan 0.
Goals: Neymar 3, Paulinho 48, Jo 90+3.
June 16
Italy 2 Mexico 1.
Goals: Pirlo 27, Balotelli 78; Hernandez pen. 34.
June 19
Brazil 2 Mexico 0.
Goals: Neymar 9, Jo 90+3.
Italy 4 Japan 3.
Goals: De Rossi 41, own goal 50, Balotelli pen. 52, Giovinco 86; Honda 21, Kagawa 33, Okazaki 69.
June 22
Japan vs. Mexico 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs. Brazil 2:30 p.m. ET ESPNEWS/WatchESPN
Standings: Brazil, Italy 6 points; Italy, Japan 0.

GROUP B:
June 16
Spain 2 Uruguay 1.

Goals: Pedro 20, Soldado 32; Suarez 88.
June 17
Nigeria 6 Tahiti 1.
Elderson 5, Oduamadi 10, 26, 76, own goal 68,  Elderson 80; Tehau 56.
June 20
Spain 10 Tahiti 0.
Goals: Fernando Torres 5, 33, 57, 78; David Silva 31, 89; David Villa 39, 49, 64; Juan Mata 66.
Uruguay 2 Nigeria 1.
Goals: Lugano 19, Forlan 51; Mikel 37.
June 23
Nigeria vs. Spain 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN/WatchESPN
Uruguay vs. Tahiti 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN2/WatchESPN
Standings: Spain 6 points; Nigeria, Uruguay 3 points; Uruguay, Tahiti 0.


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