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Brazil vs Italy takes place in the Confederations Cup 2013 soccer tournament on Saturday with two of the most prestigious footballing nations in the world facing off a year ahead of the World Cup. The game is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Both teams have already qualified for the semifinals of the competition, having both beaten Japan and Mexico in their first two games. However, today will decide who wins the group and therefore who they will face in their respective semifinals.
That could be important with it being likely that the runner up of this group will face World Cup and European champions, Spain in the next round. They are widely considered the large favorites in the tournament, as well as for next year's World Cup, and they would be best avoided until the final.
In team news, Brazil midfielder Paulinho could miss the game because of a sprained left ankle. However, central defender David Luiz is expected to play despite suffering a broken nose against Mexico.
Meanwhile, Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli will be without Andrea Pirlo who has been ruled out with a leg injury. In addition, Daniele De Rossi is suspended after picking up yellow cards in both previous group matches. That means that Antonio Candreva and Alessio Cerci could start, according to BBC Sport.
In the last Confederations Cup tournament these two countries met at the same stage of the competition. At that time Italy had to win to ensure they progressed, however, Brazil ended up winners and knocked Italy out of the competition.
Brazil vs Italy in the Confederations Cup 2013 tournament is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.