The wheels are falling off the wagon for Italy. They've been completely steamrolled for the entirety of the first half thus far, and they're not getting bailed out by Gianluigi Buffon or their defense. Japan got a bit of a controversial penalty to go ahead, but there's no one griping about their second goal, an absolute stunner from Shinji Kagawa.
Kagawa did brilliantly to hold off his defender and keep his eye on a bouncing ball before hitting this great strike into the back of the net.
This goal, quite literally, added insult to injury for Japan. Shortly before Kagawa scored, Alberto Aquilani -- who has dealt with tons of injuries for seemingly the entirety of his career -- had to come off and was replaced by Sebastian Giovinco. Italy will be hoping that Giovinco can provide some kind of spark, because they're certainly not getting it from anyone else right now.
Disappointed Juventini collectively respond, "don't hold your breath.'