Daniele De Rossi urged his Italy teammates to remain cautious ahead of their next FIFA Confederations Cup game against Japan. The Azzurri began the competition with a 2-1 win against Mexico in a game it thoroughly deserved to win, but the AS Roma midfielder pointed out that Japan and Brazil still stand in the way of qualification for the semifinals.
“Remember what happened in the last Confederations Cup ... ” De Rossi said, referring to the 2009 tournament in South Africa in which Italy bowed out in the group stage after winning its opening game. “The three points have allowed us to take a forward step towards the semifinals,” he said. “However, we have to remain alert ahead of the next two matches. In the last Confederations Cup we won our first game 3-1. But we still ended up going out in the group stages.”
Indeed, Italy beat the United States, 3-1, in its opening match, but then lost to Egypt and then Brazil. The USA and Brazil ended up qualifying for the semifinals out of that group, with the pair eventually meeting in the competition’s final, which Brazil won 3-2.