Fielding a team of reserves, the Italian national team went into halftime trailing New Zealand 2-1 in their international friendly on Wednesday. A few second-half subs later and Italy had rattled off three goals to score a 4-3 victory against the Kiwis in a friendly in South Africa.
Vincenzo Iaquinta's pair of second-half strikes proved to be the difference as Italy overcame some first-half goalkeeping blunders from back-up Marco Amelia.
Alberto Gilardino scored Italy's first two goals while New Zealand's Christopher Killen netted a pair after Shane Smeltz opened the scoring.
New York Red Bulls defender Andrew Boyens started and played 90 minutes for New Zealand while American-born striker Giuseppe Rossi started and played 45 minutes for Italy.
Italy opens Confederations Cup play on Monday against the United States, while New Zealand faces Spain on Sunday.
Here are some other notes from the soccer world:
CONCACAF Champions League draw set for Thursday
The four MLS teams set to take part in the CONCACAF Champions League will learn the identities of their opponents on Thursday, when the draw for the competition takes place in New York.
The Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United will represent MLS, while Toronto FC is still alive for the lone Canadian berth into the tournament. Columbus and Houston have byes into the group stage of the tournament while New York and D.C. will play home-and-home series in late July and early August. Group play for the tournament will begin on Sept. 18th.
Here is how the team's are broken up for the draw:
Preliminary Round Seedings
Cruz Azul (MEX), Pachuca (MEX), New York Red Bulls (USA), D.C. United (USA), Vancouver Whitecaps or Toronto (CAN), Olimpia (HON), Liberia (CRC), Arabe Unido or Apertura champion (PAN)
Arabe Unido or Apertura champion (PAN), Comunicaciones or Jalapa (GUA), Chalatenango (SLV), Real Espana (HON), Herediano (CRC), W Connection (TRI), Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR), San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)
Group Stage Seedings
Toluca (MEX), Pumas UNAM (MEX) Columbus Crew (USA), Houston Dynamo (USA), Saprissa (CRC), Marathon (HON), Comunicaciones or Municipal (GUA), Metapan (SLV)
The match-ups for the play-in round will be determined first, then the groups will be drawn. MLS teams cannot face each other in the play-in round and Columbus and Houston cannot be drawn into the same group.
The draw will be revealed on Thursday afternoon.
Setanta's future uncertain amid economic troubles
You might be looking elsewhere to watch Special1TV in the fall (assuming you don't already catch the series here on SBI). Setanta Sports, the UK-based premium sports network, is in major financial trouble and on the verge of bankruptcy.
Along with potentially meaning the sale of some of its broadcast packages, as well as the potential sale of the rights to Special1TV, Setanta's potential bankruptcy could spell doom for Scottish Premier League teams that rely on revenue from Setanta's rights to the SPL to function.
What do you think of Italy's reserves struggling vs. New Zealand? Disappointed that Italy didn't field its starting lineup? Optimistic about the U.S. team's chances on Monday? Excited about the CONCACAF Champions League draw? Worried about Setanta, or is it a channel you never had anyway?
Share your thoughts below.