Italians claim narrow win
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
An experimental Italian side sealed a 1-0 win over Finland in Messina.An experimental Italian side sealed a 1-0 win over Finland in Messina.
Italian coach Marcello Lippi handed out five new caps on the night to Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Caracciolo, Andrea Barzagli, Alessandro Parisi and Stefano Mauri - with the latter three starting the match.
The likes of Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero, Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Nesta were all rested by Lippi.
The only goal of the evening came from one of the Azzurri recalled stars in the shape of Fabrizio Miccoli.
The Fiorentina star - half owned by Juventus - pounced after 33 minutes to fire past Bolton Wanderers' Jussi Jaaskelainen from an acute angle.
Jaaskelainen was on top form to limit Italy to just one goal although he had the post to thank when Vincenzo Montella hit the woodwork after an hour.
Second half substitute Aimo Diana also had a late goal ruled out for offiside.
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Italy 1-0 Finland