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    19.06.2013 14:02 - in: Other competitions S

    Italy target semi-final berth

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    A number of Bianconeri regulars are set to appear for the Azzurri this evening when they take on Japan in the Confederations Cup

    The race for last four qualification in the Confederations Cup heats up this evening as all four Group A sides are in action, including Italy’s match-up against Japan.

    As many as eight Juventus names could appear in Cesare Prandelli’s starting line-up later on today in Recife: Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Emanuele Giaccherini, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco.

    Following a 2-1 opening victory against Mexico, the Azzurri may have the chance tonight at 7pm (midnight CET) to secure semi-final qualification with a game to spare depending on the outcome of the other Group A fixture which sees Brazil lock horns with Mexico at 4pm (9pm CET).

    However, Buffon & co. will first have to get the better of former Bianconeri coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who has enjoyed great success during his three-year stint on the bench with Japan but also currently faces the tough task of rallying his troops after their 3-0 loss in Saturday’s tournament opener against Brazil.

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