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SALVADOR, Brazil -- Italy was left battered and bruised after losing two starters to injury in a 4-2 loss to Brazil at the Confederations Cup. And the Azzurri have just five days to recuperate before probably facing World Cup holder Spain in the semifinals. Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo exited in the 26th minute Saturday due to dizziness after a knock to the head and fullback Ignazio Abate walked off gingerly two minutes later with an injury to his right shoulder following a collision with Brazil standout Neymar, ending his tournament. "Abate has a serious problem with his shoulder. His Confederations Cup is finished," Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. "We can only wish him the best of luck to heal quickly and eventually come back. "Riccardo was hit with the ball in the first minute and was a bit nauseous so we had to take him off but he seems OK now," Prandelli added. However, team physician Enrico Castellacci said that Montolivo would undergo a scan at a local hospital. Italy was already without midfield star Andrea Pirlo, who sat out the game with a strained right leg muscle. Making matters worse, the Italians have struggled with the heat and humidity in their last two matches and now travel to the tournaments hottest venue of Fortaleza. "Were hoping Andrea comes back and that the rest of the squad can recuperate over these four-five days so we can play a good match," Prandelli said. Italy finished second to Brazil in Group A and will next face the winner of Group B. Spain leads Group B with a full six points ahead of its final group game against Nigeria on Sunday. Uruguay and Nigeria are next with three points each, with Uruguay facing Tahiti -- which has zero points -- in the other group game Sunday. Italy last faced Spain in the final of last years European Championship, when the Azzurri were beaten 4-0. Prandelli and his players cited fatigue as the cause of that result, having opened that tournament by drawing 1-1 with Spain. A bit of positive news for Italy was that Stephan El Shaarawy has recovered from a bruised foot. The AC Milan forward came on for the final 18 minutes against Brazil. Also, midfielder Daniele De Rossi will be back from suspension, having missed the Brazil match after picking up two yellow cards. Italy also let in four goals in their previous match, but Prandelli was not concerned with his defence. "Brazils fourth goal came when we were pressing forward attempting to equalize, so thats nothing to worry about," he said. "I was very encouraged by how we played and reacted in the second half." Italys two goals Saturday came from Emanuele Giaccherini, who came on for Montolivo, and from centre back Giorgio Chiellini. Giaccherini set up Mario Balotellis winner in Italys opener against Mexico and forced an own goal in the win over Japan. 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AUBURN, Ala. -- Clemsons Dabo Swinney kept his kicker on the sideline and put the game in star quarterback Deshaun Watsons hands.The decision worked in the second-ranked Tigers 19-13 win over Auburn on Saturday night, but not without a few more anxious moments in an opener filled with them.Swinney opted to go for it on fourth-and-4 from the 17 instead of kicking a field goal, and Wayne Gallman was stopped short by Tray Matthews -- a failed call that could have backfired.We just didnt want to take a shot at the field goal right there, he said. We felt like as good as we had played defensively, with them having no timeouts, it was going to be very difficult for them to go score.Greg Huegels extra-point attempt earlier in the quarter had hit the upright. Gallman had been knocked out of bounds on the previous play, stopping the clock to help leave Auburn more time.Unbelievable, Swinney said. And now were fighting for our life there at the end.Watson passed for 248 yards, including 174 to Mike Williams in his return from a neck injury in last seasons opener. Gallman carried 30 times for 123 yards.Clemson dominated the stat sheet in the first half -- with a 233-38 advantage in total yards -- but led only 10-3 and both scores came after defensive penalties on third-down plays.That is one of the best teams in college football, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. Holding those guys to 19 points was really unbelievable as far as the effort.Clemson struggled to put the opener away even though Auburn produced little offense for much of the game while swapping three quarterbacks in and out. Finally, Watson hit former walk-on receiver Hunter Renfrow in the back of the end zone on third and goal from the 16 with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter.That was a lifetime in thiis game.ddddddddddddBen Boulwares subsequent goal line interception only provided a temporary reprieve for a team that made the national championship game last season and is among the favorites to win it this time. Auburn finally got a touchdown with 3:22 left on a 9-yard direct snap run by Kerryon Johnson, and Clemsons failed fourth-down try deep in Auburn territory set up another shot with 40 seconds and 85 yards to go.Sean White drove the offense to the Clemson 40, but two desperation heaves into the end zone fell incomplete, with the second getting batted around.THE TAKEAWAYCLEMSON: If Watson didnt exactly pick right up from his 478-yard bonanza in the national championship game against Alabama, he was still good enough. And Williams provides Clemsons offense with yet another threat.AUBURN: Auburns offensive problems continued from last season, with three quarterbacks attempting passes on the first six plays. The defense made some big stops and held Clemson to 6 of 17 on third downs. Daniel Carlsons 53-yard field goal was the Auburn-record sixth of 50-plus yards.POLL IMPLICATIONSBarring a dominant win by No. 4 Florida State over No. 11 Mississippi on Monday night, Clemson seems likely to stay put right behind Alabama. No. 3 Oklahoma was upset by 15th-ranked Houston earlier in the day. The close score does make it a question mark, though.QUOTABLEWatson: We knew they were going to be good. We knew we werent going to come in here and blow these guys out.UP NEXTAuburn: hosts Arkansas State, where Malzahn was head coach in 2012, on Saturday.Clemson: like Auburn, hosts a Sun Belt Conference team on Saturday when Troy visits. ' ' '