The Stat Line Of The Night – 06/15/09 – Giuseppe Rossi
Total Pro Sports – Another day at the FIFA Confederations Cup. Another great individual performance. This time it had an interesting storyline to go with it. The defending World Cup champions were taking on a resilient American side. Even down a man after Ricardo Clark was sent off with a red card, the USA managed to receive a penalty kick which Landon Donovan put away, giving them a 1-0 lead. What answer did the Azzuri have? How about an American of their own. None other than Jersey born Giuseppe Rossi.
Rossi would be substituted into the game for Gennaro Gattuso at the 57th minute of the second half and took just 50 seconds to make his mark on the game. Stealing the ball from Clint Dempsey at midfield, he would head towards the US goal, and fire a shot from 30 yards out which found the top corner. That goal would tie the game and the Italians would add another before Rossi sealed the deal with his second of the night in extra time to make the final 3-1. Rossi’s performance was just what Italy needed to spark their offence, overcoming a scare from the Americans and earning himself “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Monday June 15th, 2009.
The Italians now sit at 1-0 in the tournament, tied atop the division with Brazil, who narrowly avoided a huge upset at the hands of Egypt. Rossi is one of the few players on the Italian team playing outside Serie A, but this Villareal product showed a flare last night that will surely have caught the attention of coach Marcello Lippi.