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Tuesday June 18 2013
Maggio and Aquilani against Japan?

Italy could introduce Alberto Aquilani and Christian Maggio to the starting XI for their Confederations Cup match with Japan.

The Azzurri won their Group A opener 2-1 against Mexico and another victory should secure their qualification into the semi-finals.

It kicks off at 23.00 UK time (22.00 GMT) in Recife on Wednesday night.

According to the latest reports emanating from the Italy camp in Brazil, Cesare Prandelli plans two changes to his starting XI.

Fiorentina midfielder Aquilani will step in for Claudio Marchisio in the role of support for Mario Balotelli and Emanuele Giaccherini.

Napoli wide man Maggio is expected to replace Ignazio Abate at right-back.

The tactical system and the rest of the side should remain untouched from the one that beat Mexico on Sunday.

Italy (probable): Buffon; Maggio, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Pirlo, Montolivo; Giaccherini, Aquilani; Balotelli

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