Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

A trip to the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro and a match against Brazil is what’s waiting for the winner of Thursday’s Confederations Cup semifinal between Spain and Italy.

Cesare Prandelli’s Italian squad is missing forward Mario Balotelli to injury and could be missing midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo as well, which would make the task of defeating the in-form defending World and European champions that much more difficult.

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup continues in Turkey with the U.S. and Ghana needing a win to advance in group A when they meet and Portugal and South Korea hoping to go through in the top two places in Group B.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

THURSDAY’S SOCCER ON TV

10am – ESPN3 – Portugal U-20 vs. Cuba U-20

10am – ESPN3 – South Korea U-20 vs. Nigeria U-20

1pm – ESPNU/ESPN3 – USA U-20 vs. Ghana U-20

1pm – ESPN3 – Spain U-20 vs. France U-20

3pm – ESPN/Univision – Spain vs. Italy

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10 Responses to Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

  1. bryan says:

    alright, well Korea didn’t do us any favors and Nigeria didn’t destroy them so Korea ended at 4 pts with 0 GD. we could reallllly use a +4 GD game today….lol

    i still think Mali and El Salvador will end up losing though, leaving the door open for the US, assuming we beat Ghana.

  2. alabamafutbol says:

    Nothing against the guy, but I’m encouraged to see Torre on the bench.. hopefully the back 4 puts in a solid shift

  3. Ben says:

    Shoot. No help from South Korea today, lets make up a 5 GD against France then! Go Spain, beat em 4-0!

  4. RB says:

    I recognize the voice but can’t place who the play-by-play announcer is for Spain–Italy here. Any help?

    (It ain’t Gus!)

  5. SanFran415 says:

    Howard Webb F&*(&DF Spain at every match.

    Cielini handball to stop a goal and nothing.

  6. Pete says:

    Nice dive iniesta

  7. Pete says:

    Now that was a handball!