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Spain and Italy 0-0 at halftime in semifinal

June 27, 2013

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — World Cup holder Spain and Italy were drawing 0-0 at halftime in their Confederations Cup semifinal on Thursday, but it was Italy creating more of the chances even without the injured Mario Balotelli.

While Spain relied on its usual high-speed game of short passes and ball possession, Italy threatened several times with swift counterattacks, often out-running Spain’s defenders.

Christian Maggio had the best chance of the half in the 36th with a header inside the box that Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas did well to block.

A minute later, Xavi Hernandez set up Spain’s only real chance as Fernando Torres shot wide from within the area.

The winner will face Brazil in Sunday’s final while the loser will meet Uruguay in the third-place match.

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