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World Cup: Italy takes on Brazil

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REIMS, France (AFP) – Surprise package Italy are aiming to emulate Germany and France by topping their group when they face Brazil on Tuesday in an encounter that evokes classic World Cup memories.

Milena Bertolini’s side have a perfect six points after scoring seven times in their opening two matches, including a shock opening win over pre-tournament dark horses Australia, and need a draw against Brazil to ensure topping Group C.

Italy's defender Sara Gama (L) and Italy's coach Milena Bertolini (C) celebrate their victory at the end of the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group C football match between Australia and Italy.  (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

Italy’s defender Sara Gama (L) and Italy’s coach Milena Bertolini (C) celebrate their victory at the end of the France 2019 Women’s World Cup Group C football match between Australia and Italy. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

The clash harks back to some pulsating men’s World Cup encounters, including the Pele-inspired 4-1 destruction of the Italians in the 1970 final and Paolo Rossi’s hat-trick in 1982, which downed Zico’s flamboyant Selecao 3-2 as Italy went on to lift the trophy.

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