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Inspired Brazil see off Italy 4-2 to top Group A


The spiky-haired forward wheeled away, breaking into a spot of samba as the crowd erupted.

After 66 minutes it was 3-1 when Marcelo lifted a high pass through for Fred to smash home a left-footed drive which ripped past Buffon to spark further delight at the Arena Fonte Nova.

Giorgio Chiellini gave Italy hope, pulling back to 3-2 in the 71st minute with a low shot after Balotelli appeared to have been impeded in the penalty area, but Italy’s hopes of a comeback ended when, after Christian Maggio had hit the bar at the other end, Fred made it 4-2 after Buffon had parried a shot from Marcelo.

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