Pirlo shows Brazil what they are missing (Reuters)

Italy's Andrea Pirlo celebrates after scoring against Mexico during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

By Brian Homewood (Reuters) – Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo gave Brazilian fans a taste of what they were missing as he marked his 100th international appearance by orchestrating his side’s 2-1 win against Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Sunday. The notoriously difficult to please Maracana crowd was united in its adulation of the 34-year-old, appreciating the sort of player their own country has struggled to produce and even shunned. …

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