Daniele De Rossi scores header off free kick to cut Italy's deficit

Just when you thought Japan may be running away against Italy, Daniel De Rossi pulled one back to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 41st minute. De Rossi fought off a defender to pound Andrea Pirlo's free kick into the back of the net, his 16th goal of his decorated national team career.

Until Italy had won the corner, Japan looked to be having their way with the European runners-up. But the Shinji Kagawa goal seemed to wake up Italy and it was two of their veterans who got the job done.

Italyheader_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.