International Soccer
 
            === Balotelli to miss Confed Cup semifinal vs. Spain ===
 
 Fortaleza,  Brazil  (Sports Network) -  Mario Balotelli  has been ruled out of
 Italy's  Confederations Cup semifinal match against Spain on Thursday due to a
 thigh injury.
 
 "The  examinations  carried out this  afternoon (Sunday) in Fortaleza on Mario
 Balotelli  showed a  grade-one tear in the quadriceps muscle of the left leg,"
 the  Italian Football  Federation said in a statement. "The player will not be
 available  for  the semifinal  against Spain  on Thursday, June  27 and in the
 coming  days his condition will be evaluated for the match on the 30th (either
 the final or third-place play-off)."
 
 Balotelli, 22, has managed to score two goals in the tournament, helping Italy
 get out of Group A with a second-place finish behind Brazil.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 06/24 11:10:56 ET

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