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Inter-Embassies soccer: a 2 - 1 win against Italy puts USA team on a sounder footing

Marcio Nuñez scores both goals for USA

Posted: December 7, 2004  

POS. TEAM PTS GP W D L GD GF GA
1. Italy 6 3 2 0 1 5 9 4
2. Uruguay 6 3 2 0 1 -2 4 6
3. Spain 4 3 1 1 1 4 9 5
4. Argentina 4 3 1 1 1 0 6 6
5. United States 4 3 1 1 1 0 5 5
6. Aladi 1 3 0 1 2 -7 5 12
Last Saturday, for USA the odds were all in favor of their opponent, one of the more powerful teams of the tournament. Italy had easily won its previous two matches, beating Argentina 4 - 2, and Uruguay 4 - nil. USA, on the other hand, had come off with a loss against Uruguay (0 - 1), and a draw against Aladi (3 - 3).

Italy was quick to score first, taking advantage of an unfortunate play by the USA defense. It did not take long for USA to recover with an excellent goal by Marcio Nuñez. The Italian goalie was able to maintain the draw for the rest of the first half by frustrating several good scoring attempts on his net.

The USA coach, Ivan, prepared some key changes for the second half that allowed his team to take control of the game. Marcio scored the second and winning goal from a penalty shot after which, the Italian team saw two of its players expelled. Italy tried in desperation to even the score, however the excellent performances of players such as Daniel Felipe Revelez, Gabriel Lardizabal, Mike Dhunjishah, Horacio and Ivan in goal, and the tremendous efforts of the midfielders who ran constantly under 35° weather, prevented the Italians from scoring.

This result gives USA a total of 4 points so far in the tournament, 2 away from the front-runners Italy and Uruguay.

Next game will be against Argentina on Thursday at 8 pm, at the Liga Universitaria (Turisferia).

 


Left: Lardizabal and Nuñez. Right: USA team celebrates

 

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