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Brazil vs Mexico and Italy vs Japan, Confederations Cup: Open Thread

Two key matches are on deck today in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Brazil, who defeated Japan 3-0 on Saturday, face Mexico who are still reeling from a 2-1 defeat against Italy in their opening game.

In the second match today, Italy plays Japan. It’s an opportunity for the Asian side to show what they’re made of after a disappointing performance against Brazil at the weekend.

For viewers in the United States, the Brazil vs Mexico game will be shown live on ESPN (and WatchESPN) at 2:45pm ET. The Italy against Japan game will be shown at 5:45pm ET on the same channel.

MORE — 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Everything You Need To Know.

Before, during or after today’s Confederations Cup, join the conversation in the comments section below.

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  1. Ivan

    June 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Aaah, good old Italia…you mean, they got outplayed, they got shockingly incredibly lucky on several occasions (including the refereeing decisions going their way), and they ended up winning…I’ve never seen THAT game before…I am dreading Bulgaria’s visit to Naples in September in a World Cup qualifier…

  2. Sammy

    June 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    What a great showcase for soccer the Italy-Japan game was. Japan did not deserve to lose. More of this please and the Confederations Cup will attract a bigger following.

    Too bad next we have Spain-Tahiti. Cannot think of a more one-sided matchup.

  3. Guy

    June 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I enjoyed the two commentators. Far superior to……well, never mind. 🙂

    • John Culea

      June 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Better than Gus Johnson isn’t saying much and Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno’s performance today hardly made you think they were ready for the broadcasting Hall of Fame.
      The GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL is very tired.
      Give me Ian, Jon, Alan, Peter, etc.

  4. Guy

    June 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Neymar is going to fit right in La Liga. 😉

  5. Sammy

    June 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Good start by Brazil and they deserve their 1-0 lead. But Mexico are coming into the game more. This one isn’t over yet.

  6. CH

    June 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I feel like Neymar should have gone to another big club like PSG or AC. I feel like his creativity and star power will be stifled in Barca’s tiki taka system where only Messi can do whatever he pleases. Not a knock against Barca but i just see Alexis Sanchez part 2. If Sanchez had went to Chelsea instead of Barca i think we would be talking about him as one of the world’s top 10 players.

  7. Dave see

    June 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I know Brazil/Mexico is streamed for free on Univision’s website (Spanish commentary) and would guess 2nd game would be too.

  8. Marc

    June 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t mean to high jack this thread but I say the SPL fixtures were released today. Does anybody know if Fox Sports 1 will carry these games?

    • Guy

      June 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      I don’t think we’ll know until we find out what is going to happen to FS+. Fox have yet to make an announcement on that. They have lots of options.

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