Brazil-Italy is the Superclasico of the World Cup, the most traditional game in the major football competition. The Azzurri and the Selecao have crossed their paths many times in the history of the world tournament, always with much at stake. On July 17, 1994, Brazil prevailed over Italy in the first World Cup Final decided on penalties to conquer the long-yearned-for “Tetra.”
The Partitissima of Serie A Round 9 didn’t live up to its hype, as Napoli and Inter left San Paolo Stadium without moving the score from nil-nil. Such goalless outcome broke Napoli’s fantastic winning streak after eight games, but allowed them to keep two points of advantage over the chasing Nerazzurri.