Italy came back from 2-0 down to beat Japan 4-3 in a manic and riveting display of footballing peculiarity (full match highlights here). Japan put in an impressive effort and probably deserved a result, but instead the loss sealed their elimination from the Confederations Cup while ensuring that Italy advance to the semifinals. The match was entertaining enough to more than justify the normally less than important tournament's existence and it also leads us to ask that old question: "What if it continued?"
97' -- Still confused about what constitutes a penalty, the referee awards one to each team when he coughs and sneezes at the same time.
101' -- Mario Balotelli resists the urge to remove his shirt and make everyone wait while he reads poetry to himself.
106' -- Japan hit the post with eight consecutive shots. Time and space begin to break down. Shinji Kagawa turns into a pterodactyl.
112' -- Keisuke Honda continues to prove that no one will make fun of you for having bleached blondRead More »from If it continued… (Italy v Japan)