Confederations Cup: Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo give Italy winning start

Pirlo, the 34-year-old marking his 100th international appearance, scored the opener and Balotelli grabbed the winner in a 2-1 victory over Mexico.

updated: June 17, 2013 08:54 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: A goal 12 minutes from time from an effervescent Mario Balotelli sealed a 2-1 win for Italy over Mexico in Rio's Maracana stadium on Sunday in their Confederations Cup Group A opener.

Balotelli struck from close range on 78 minutes to give Italy a precious win as they joined Brazil on three points following the hosts' 3-0 win over Japan in Brasilia on Saturday.

Once again, protests by locals demonstrating at the cost of staging the tournament soured the build-up as had been the case for Brazil's match, with some 500 people milling outside the Maracana before police dispersed them with tear gas.

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  • Bayern München
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