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Italy 2 Saudi Arabia 1: Mario Balotelli nets in first begin for 4 years as Roberto Mancini launches Azzurri reign with victory

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MARIO BALOTELLI fired the opener on his first begin for 4 years as Roberto Mancini launched his Italy reign with a pleasant victory.

Controversial Good striker Balotelli and his second-half substitute Andrea Belotti put the Azzurri in command, earlier than Yahya Al-Shehri slotted a comfort.

Mario Balotellis baggage the primary of his two match-winning targets for Italy
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The outcome will imply little to the Italians because it was a World Cup warm-up sport for the Saudis – however not for them.

However at the very least they held off a spirited revival from their opponents on this energetic conflict in Switzerland.

Former Manchester Metropolis chief Mancini chosen a facet that had bagged simply 24 targets between them – 13 of these from Balotelli and 5 from Leonardo Bonucci.

However their early stress and probabilities led to Balotelli drilling house an excellent aim from exterior the realm on 21 minutes.

Italy team-mates hail Mario Balotelli as the striker sinks Saudi Arabia
Italy team-mates hail Mario Balotelli because the striker sinks Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia midfielder Yahya Al-Shehri nips in to fire a consolation goal against Italy
Saudi Arabia midfielder Yahya Al-Shehri nips in to fireplace a comfort aim in opposition to Italy
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Lorenzo Insigne nearly doubled Italy’s lead as their fluency and confidence soared.

The Azzurri’s Zenit St-Petersbrug left-back Domenico Criscitol noticed his shot deflected onto the bar within the 40th minute.

However the Saudis improved vastly after the break, though Italy nonetheless menaced on the break.


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And halfway by way of the half Belotti bundled house the Italians’ second aim from the center of a crowded field.

Al Sheri, although, quickly punished a defensive slip from Davide Zappacosta on the midway line to slender the deficit, Salem AlDawsari feeding him with a neat flick.

That sparked an exhilarating climax, however Italy deservedly held on to win.

Two-goal Mario Balotelli is replaced by Andrea Belotti after 58 minutes
Two-goal Mario Balotelli is changed by Andrea Belotti after 58 minutes
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Substitute Andrea Belotti rises to double the Italy lead in the friendly in Switzerland
Substitute Andrea Belotti rises to double the Italy lead within the pleasant in Switzerland
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Saudi Arabia's Salem Al-Dawsari tries to get to grips with Davide Zappacosta
Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari tries to become familiar with Davide Zappacosta
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Roma and Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is outjumped by Saudi Arabia star Mohanad Aseri Abu Radiah
Roma and Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is outjumped by Saudi Arabia star Mohanad Aseri Abu Radiah
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