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World Cup 2014: Italy draw with Luxembourg in friendly

Italy's Claudio Marchisio (left) heads the ball to score against Luxembourg

Italy's final World Cup warm-up match ended in a surprise draw against minnows Luxembourg.

Claudio Marchisio headed in Mario Balotelli's cross to put Italy ahead.

They looked set for victory until the 85th minute when ex-Sheffield United defender Maxime Chanot nodded in.

The Azzurri, who open their Group D campaign against England on 14 June, leave for Brazil on the back of two poor displays, having drawn 0-0 against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

Coach Cesare Prandelli, hit by the recent loss of key midfielder Riccardo Montolivo with a broken leg, experimented with a new formation.

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo and Paris St-Germain's Marco Verratti played together in midfield in front of Daniele De Rossi, while Marchisio and Antonio Candreva supported lone striker Balotelli.

It only took nine minutes for the new attacking formation to produce a goal, when AC Milan forward Balotelli delivered a cross with the outside of his boot and found Juve midfielder Marchisio, who scored from eight yards.

Balotelli also had an effort blocked and saw his strike come off the bar, while a Pirlo shot was saved by keeper Anthony Moris.

Luxembourg created few opportunities, but made the most of the chance that came their way when Chanot escaped his marker Alberto Aquilani to head home Mario Mutsch's corner.

"We'll keep working and we know that we can have a great World Cup," said Prandelli.

"I have no doubt after this game about how we will play. We tried a system that worked for an hour. Verratti is ready, both mentally and physically, and can play together with Pirlo.

"Players who are going to the World Cup tend to manage their performance. We weren't aggressive enough and didn't take any risks at 1-0. We thought we could manage the game."

Line-ups

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 7AbateBooked at 89mins
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 16De Rossi
  • 19BonucciSubstituted forRanocchiaat 79'minutes
  • 3Chiellini
  • 21PirloSubstituted forAquilaniat 72'minutes
  • 23VerrattiSubstituted forCassanoat 54'minutes
  • 9BalotelliSubstituted forCerciat 78'minutes
  • 6CandrevaSubstituted forInsigneat 78'minutes
  • 8MarchisioSubstituted forParoloat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Darmian
  • 5Motta
  • 10Cassano
  • 11Cerci
  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Perin
  • 14Aquilani
  • 15Barzagli
  • 17Immobile
  • 18Parolo
  • 20Paletta
  • 22Insigne
  • 24Ranocchia

Luxembourg

  • 12Moris
  • 18Jans
  • 3Janisch
  • 6PhilippsBooked at 50minsSubstituted forPayalat 54'minutes
  • 5Schnell
  • 2ChanotBooked at 86mins
  • 19HolterSubstituted forDevilleat 73'minutes
  • 7GersonSubstituted forDa Motaat 45'minutes
  • 13JoachimSubstituted forTurpelat 90'minutes
  • 17Mutsch
  • 11BensiSubstituted forDa Gracaat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bastos
  • 7Hoffmann
  • 9Da Mota
  • 10Payal
  • 12Joubert
  • 13Laterza
  • 14Luisi
  • 15Malget
  • 16Da Graca
  • 20Turpel
  • 21Deville
  • 22Schinker
Referee:
Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamLuxembourg
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 1, Luxembourg 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 1, Luxembourg 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Italy. Daniele De Rossi tries a through ball, but Alessio Cerci is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Tom Schnell.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marco Parolo (Italy) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Laurent Jans.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Luxembourg. David Turpel replaces Aurélien Joachim.

  8. Booking

    Ignazio Abate (Italy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ignazio Abate (Italy).

  10. Post update

    Ben Payal (Luxembourg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Mario Mutsch.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Tom Schnell.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Tom Schnell.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ignazio Abate (Italy) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antonio Cassano.

  15. Booking

    Maxine Chanot (Luxembourg) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Marco Parolo replaces Claudio Marchisio.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Italy 1, Luxembourg 1. Maxine Chanot (Luxembourg) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Mario Mutsch with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Luxembourg. Conceded by Giorgio Chiellini.

  19. Post update

    Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Aurélien Joachim (Luxembourg).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 4th June 2014

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