Spain beat Italy on penalties to reach final (Reuters)

Spain's Jesus Navas (22) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the winning penalty goal against Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the penalty shootout of their Confederations Cup semi-final soccer match at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

FORTALEZA, Brazil (Reuters) – Spain reached the Confederations Cup final with a 7-6 penalty shootout win over Italy following a goalless semi-final on Thursday in which both teams were affected by the sapping heat and humidity. Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci was the only player to miss when he skied the 13th penalty of the contest high over the bar before Jesus Navas converted to send Spain through. The victory extended Spain’s record unbeaten run in competitive matches to 29 and set up the final which almost all neutrals wanted against hosts Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. …


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