Buffon Saves Three in Penalty Shootout As Italy Defeats Uruguay

Gianluigi Buffon saved three times in the penalty shootout to help Italy beat Uruguay for third place in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

The match ended 2-2 after two periods of extra time. Italy took the lead twice, only to have Uruguay come back with goals from Edinson Cavani. Davide Astori scored in the 25th minute, and then Cavani tied the match in the 58th minute. Alessandro Diamanti again put Italy ahead in the 73rd minute, only for Cavani to even it at 2-2, how it stayed until the match went to penalty kicks.

Italian midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was sent off in extra time for a second yellow card. Italy won the penalty shootout 3-2 as Buffon saved the kicks of Diego Forlan, Martin Caceres and Walter Gargano.

Host Brazil and world and European champion Spain meet tonight in the final of the tournament, a warmup for next year’s World Cup.

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