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person familiar with
the situation says
Manchester City and
Juventus have agreed
to a deal that will see
Carlos Tevez join the
Italian champions in a
transfer worth up to
The person spoke
yesterday on condition
of anonymity to con-
firm British media
reports because he was
not authorized to dis-
cuss details of a deal
that is yet to be com-
pleted. The Argentina
striker needs to finalize
personal terms for a
three-year deal and then
pass a medical exami-
nation. The move could
be completed this week.
The transfer was
agreed between the two
clubs at a meeting in
Tevez, who had a
year left on his con-
tract, joined City in
2009 after leaving local
rival Manchester Unit-
was expelled from the
Champions League for
the second time in
three seasons and
Besiktas was banned
from the Europa
League after the Turk-
ish clubs were pun-
ished by Uefa yesterday
over separate charges
banned from the next
three Uefa club com-
petitions for which it
would have qualified,
starting with next sea-
League, in relation to
a long-running fixing
case that dates back to
the Istanbul club's
league-winning run in
2011. Uefa said the
sanction for the third
competition is deferred
"for a probationary
period of five years."
second in the Turkish
league last season and
was set to enter the
Champions League at
the third qualifying-
round stage, needing to
beat two opponents to
enter the lucrative 32-
team group stage. (AP)
FORTALEZA---Italy has defined a clear-
cut strategy for its Confederations Cup
semifinal match against Spain tomorrow:
Out-run the World Cup holders.
As far as Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is
concerned, matching Spain's ball possession
or passing skills is impossible. So in training
Monday, running took priority over tactics.
The Italian players---at least the ones that
are still healthy after a series of injuries---
sprinted from one end of the field to the
other at full speed about ten times consec-
utively at one point, then stopped to have
their heart rates checked by team trainers.
"We've got to get it into our heads that
against Spain it's going to be a battle of suf-
fering," Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said.
"Their ball possession is superior to ours
and the Spanish are unbelievable at getting
past any sort of trap set up by the opponents.
They're excellent at holding on to the ball
and attacking so we've got to try to make
them run as much as possible."
Prandelli may be on to something with
his strategy but it remains to be seen if his
players have the stamina to execute such a
Japan and Brazil ran circles around Italy
in the first half of their group matches and
two key Azzurri players have been sent home
injured since the 4-2 loss to Brazil---forward
Mario Balotelli left with a strained left thigh
and fullback Ignazio Abate departed with
a dislocated right shoulder.
Also, midfielder Andrea Pirlo sat out the
Brazil match due to a muscle problem and
has continued to train separately from the
rest of the squad.
Daniele De Rossi, another midfielder,
missed the Brazil game after picking up two
yellow cards. Not surprisingly, De Rossi
appeared among the freshest players in
training, and he and Emanuele Giaccherini
were the two fastest runners in the training
But running may not be enough against
Spain, which routed Italy 4-0 in last year's
European Championship final.
"Spain is much better off than then, if
you consider how easily they advanced from
the group and how solid they have been,"
Prandelli said. "They are the favorites with-
out a doubt."
Including its 10-0 win over Tahiti, Spain
outscored the opposition 15-1 in the first
Italy, by contrast, scored eight goals and
let in eight in the group phase.
Still, Prandelli does not seem concerned
by his defense, even after attending Spain's
3-0 win over Nigeria on Sunday.
"The Nigerians created four scoring
chances. In every match you're going to
have four scoring chances but you've got
to create at least six or seven, that's the
future of football," Prandelli said. "We can't
use the Italian league as a model anymore."
Italy opened Euro 2012 by drawing 1-1
with Spain and midfielder Claudio Marchisio
said the Azzurri were using that match more
as a reference point for this game.
"Not just for the result but for the way
we approached that match," Marchisio said.
"If we play that way we can create problems
The 1-1 draw with Spain also marked the
first time Italy used a three-man defense
and it appears the Azzurri will go back to
that type of lineup for this game, allowing
Prandelli to add an extra midfielder.
"Looking back a year later that was the
better formation," Marchisio said.
This tournament is a test for next year's
World Cup, and Prandelli wants to return
to Brazil in 2014 with "23 athletes, not just
players" to better deal with the heat and
"And we'll need to give them time to pre-
pare," he said. "If you arrive with the fuel
tank empty everything becomes more dif-
Against Spain, Alberto Gilardino will likely
replace Balotelli at center forward. (AP)
ISTANBUL---Mexico was on the brink of
an early exit from the Under-20 World
Cup after losing 1-0 to Paraguay yesterday,
while newcomer El Salvador stunned Aus-
Colombia, meanwhile, got its campaign
on track with a 1-0 win over host Turkey.
The victory moves the South American
champions to the top of Group C following
a disappointing opening draw against Aus-
tralia. The win also denied Turkey an early
chance to advance.
Paraguay, which drew its opening match
against Mali, made the breakthrough in the
52nd minute when substitute Arnaldo
Sanabria fed Derlis Gonzalez, who scored
with a superb side-footed volley.
As the Concacaf champion, Mexico and
its potent attack featuring Jesus Corona and
Marco Bueno had been tipped as one of the
tournament favorites. But it has struggled
to perform in Turkey and Tuesday's match
was no different. It missed several good
chances---hitting the post twice, including
with a free kick from Jorge Espericueta in
the final minute.
Having lost 2-1 to Greece in its previous
game, Mexico finds itself bottom of Group
D with a match against Mali remaining.
Paraguay and Greece lead the group with
four points after the Greeks drew 0-0 with
Mali to also miss out on an early chance to
qualify for the next round.
In Group C, El Salvador improved its
chances of advancing with a victory that
put its first points on the board.
Australia, which had earned a deserved
1-1 draw against fancied Colombia, started
well with Joshua Brillante putting the young
Socceroos ahead in the ninth minute.
But El Salvador, which lost 3-0 to Turkey
in its opener, drew level just eight minutes
later. Jairo Henriquez delivered a deep cross
which Kevin Barahona headed back across
goal and into the path of Diego Coca, who
Jose Pena provided the winner in the
40th, steering home a low cross from Miguel
After an uneventful first half, Turkey went
on the attack and nearly scored courtesy of
a dipping, swerving free-kick from about
30 yards (meters) by Hakan Calhanoglu.
But Colombia responded in style, with
Juan Quintero twisting and turning just
inside the area and then firing a blazing
shot into the roof of the net in the 52nd.
Quintero nearly scored again a few min-
utes later when the midfielder beat keeper
Aykut Ozer with another left-foot shot -
only to see it cleared off the line by Ilkay
Italy preparing to run
past Spain in semifinals
Mexico loses again at U-20 World Cup
Mexico's Bernardo Hernandez, left, and Paraguay's Miller Mareco challenge for the ball
during the Under-20 World Cup Group D football match between Mexico and Paraguay in
Gaziantep, Turkey, yesterday. Mexico lost by 0-1 against Paraguay. AP PHOTO
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