Soccer-Balotelli gives Pirlo-inspired Italy 2-1 win over Mexico (Reuters)

By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO, June 16 (Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo celebrated his 100th international appearance in style by scoring from a 30-metre free kick as Italy began their Confederations Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Mexico on Sunday. Mario Balotelli won the game for Italy with a 78th minute goal after Pirlo’s majestic effort had put them ahead and Javier Hernandez levelled for Mexico with a penalty. The match was again played against the backdrop of teargas and rubber bullets as riot police confronted protesters outside the Maracana stadium. …

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