Italy vs Uruguay, Confederations Cup Third Place Match: Open Thread

I’ve never been a fan of the third place match concept. While the games often feature lots of goals, the idea of the match itself is practically meaningless. Yes, they decide who finishes in third place in a tournament, but who cares? Without looking, do you remember the third place winner at Euro 2012 or World Cup 2010?

Regardless, Uruguay plays Italy today in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup to decide who’ll finish third and fourth. For viewers in the United States, coverage of the game begins at 11:45am ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

Starting line-ups:

Italy: Buffon, Maggio, Chiellini, Astori, De Sciglio, Candreva, Gilardino, El Shaarawy, De Rossi, Montolivo, Diamanti.

Uruguay: Muslera, Lugano, Godin, Gargano, Rodriguez, Suarez, Forlan, Pereira, Arevalo, Cavani, Caceres.

Italy make five changes to their dramatic penalties defeat to Spain. Davide Astori, Mattia De Sciglio, Stephan El Shaarawy, Riccardo Montolivo and Alessandro Diamanti all come in, with Claudio Marchisio, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Andrea Pirlo and Emanuele Giaccherini all making way. Uruguay make just the one change, with Walter Gargano coming in to replace Alvaro Gonzalez.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

8 thoughts on “Italy vs Uruguay, Confederations Cup Third Place Match: Open Thread”

  1. I think ESPN saw the firestorm over Gus Johnson blowing it and thought any accent is better than no accent. Both of these guys have shaky English.

  2. Sky Sports News seems to be going off the air after today. At the very least its not on Fox Soccer schedule for next 8 days. Very sad news. For people who followed teams in the championship no more highlights,goals on Saturday or any other news related to our teams.

  3. There wasn’t a 3rd place match at EURO 2012. Bu I’m I’ll tae any 3rd place match when it’s thi big.

  4. It’s an entertaining game, Italia hanging in there with a second string team…gotta blame Buffon for the equalizer…Cavani’s shot was nice, but it was from a considearble distance and Giggi could have and should have done better…

  5. Can the argument be made that extra time serves little purpose because most of them seem unable to produce a goal, and that games should go straight to penalty kicks if the score is tied after 90 minutes (as deciders, in tournaments)?

    What do you think?

    The Gaffer

    1. I see that argument but I would so much rather see a game decided 11 v 11 (or 10 etc) that I think the extra half hour is worth it.

      Also although I don’t have the stats at hand I really feel like the times when a goal does occur in extra time there are multiple goals because of the urgency and that is kinda fun to see.

    2. I’m with you. Just end it. It would definitely change the dynamics of the final minutes of regulation where teams now just kick the ball around to get to extra time. No one dares to even take a chance. It’s all pass, pass, pass, watch the clock run down.

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