Italy vs. Egypt FIFA Confederations Cup 2009


After a 3-1 victory against the United States on Monday, Italy, the reigning World Cup champions, will face Egypt today in round two of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Italians should expect a tough outing against Egypt. They are, after all, the back-to-back African Nations Cup winners.

Fabio Cannavaro is expected to return in central defense after missing the opener because of an injury, but Italian coach Marcello Lippi was tight-lipped about Giuseppe Rossi, the New Jersey-born forward who came off the bench to score a pair of second-half goals against the Americans.

Italy will join Spain in the semi-finals of the tournament if they maintain their perfect records in Group B. Beating Egypt would give them six points and mean they cannot be caught at the top of the group.

UPDATE: Egypt upset world champions Italy 1-0 with a 40th minute goal from Mohamed Soliman. Both teams now have three points, three behind Brazil who defeated USA 3-0 in Pretoria earlier today.