Rossi helps Italy roar
Giuseppe Rossi scored twice as Italy defeated 10-man USA 3-1 in the Confederations Cup.
Last Updated: 15/06/09 9:44pm
Substitute Giuseppe Rossi scored twice as world champions Italy came from behind to defeat 10-man USA 3-1 in their opening match of the Confederations Cup.
USA, who had Ricardo Clark sent off in the first half of this Group B clash, took the lead through a Landon Donovan penalty.
But Italy came storming back in the second-half as Villarreal forward Rossi scored either side of a strike from Daniele De Rossi.
An organised USA side operated with the intent to frustrate Italy in the opening exchanges and it worked as Marcello Lippi's men were stifled.
However, Bob Bradley's game plan was rocked on 34 minutes when Clark was shown a straight red card for a high, sliding tackle on AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso.
But the dismissal did not rattle USA and they took the lead with four minutes of the first half remaining when star player Donovan struck from the spot after Giorgio Chiellini had brought down Josmer Altidore.
However, after the interval Italy turned the screw as their numerical advantage began to make an impact.
Lippi shuffled his pack on 58 minutes, with Rossi replacing Gattuso, and the move immediately paid off as, 60 seconds after his introduction, the former Manchester United man hammered a stunning, 35-yard equaliser.
And then on 72 minutes Italy took the lead in an entertaining encounter as De Rossi hit a low, long-range second before Rossi wrapped up the win with a tap in on the stroke of full-time.