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Italy 1-2 Saudi Arabia: International friendly

Roberto Mancini was successful in his first game in charge of Italy as Mario Balotelli and substitute Andrea Belotti scored in either half.

Saudi Arabia's midfielder Salman Al-Faraj (up) jumps over Italy's defender Alessio Romagnoli during the friendly football match between Italy and Saudi Arabia at Kybunpark stadium in St Gallen on May 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of the international friendly game between Italy and Saudi Arabia at Kybunpark stadium in Switzerland, Kick off is at 20.45 CEST.

Italy vs Saudi Arabia live online: latest updates

Italy vs Saudi Arabia live online: match updates

New coach Roberto Mancini takes charge of his first game for Italy, in a friendly against Saudi Arabia.

The former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss has called up a number of younsgters, such as Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa and Juventus' Rolando Mandragora. But the biggest team selection news is the return of controversial striker Mario Balotelli, who played under Mancini at Manchester City.

Impressive season for Balotelli earns him Italy place

Balotelli has earned his place in the side following an impressive season with OGC
Nice, scoring 26 goals in 37 appearances. This will be his first appearence for
his country since the 2014 World Cup, and Italian defender, Leonardo Bonucci, told Italian media, that Balotelli has matured a lot since 2014.

Italy will be firm favorites against a Saudi team in which only three players play club football outside of the Kingdom.


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