International Friendlies

Italy 2-0 Netherlands

Italy v Netherlands
Italy lost two of their three group games at the 2014 World Cup

Antonio Conte made a winning start to his Italy reign as the Netherlands were beaten in their first match since Guus Hiddink was appointed a second time.

Borussia Dortmund's Ciro Immobile fired the hosts ahead after rounding keeper Jasper Cillessen in the third minute.

Hiddink's side were 2-0 behind after 10 minutes, Daniele De Rossi scoring a penalty after Bruno Martins Indi was sent off for a foul on Simone Zaza.

For the disjointed Dutch, Wesley Sneijder saw a rare shot parried away.

Italy, who failed to advance past the group stage at the 2014 World Cup, looked rejuvenated as they secured a first win on home soil for a year.

Hiddink, who replaced recently appointed Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after the World Cup, must now lift his side - which included included United duo Daley Blind and Robin van Persie - before they start their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign away to the Czech Republic on 9 September.

Italy begin their qualifying campaign away to Norway on Tuesday.

Italy manager Antonio Conte:

"There are mature players here and also youngsters who can become great champions.

"There is a very long way to go, but as I always say, winning helps."

Netherlands manager Guus Hiddink:

"After 10 minutes the match was over. After the sending off the aim was not to let in any more goals, but we lost to a very good side.

"We won't panic, we have to remain concentrated, there are negatives from this match, but also positives."

Italy head coach Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte steered Juventus to three successive Serie A titles while in charge of Juventus
Italy v Netherlands
This was Italy's first win on home soil since they beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in September 2013 in Torino
Italy v Netherlands
The Netherlands had just one shot - off target from outside the box - in the first half against Italy



  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 19Bonucci
  • 5Astori
  • 14DarmianSubstituted forCandrevaat 73'minutes
  • 8MarchisioSubstituted forVerrattiat 63'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 16De RossiSubstituted forParoloat 67'minutes
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 20De SciglioSubstituted forPasqualat 67'minutes
  • 9ImmobileSubstituted forGiovincoat 77'minutes
  • 7ZazaSubstituted forDestroat 73'minutes


  • 1Buffon
  • 2Maggio
  • 3Chiellini
  • 4Ogbonna
  • 6Candreva
  • 10Giovinco
  • 11El Shaarawy
  • 15Pasqual
  • 18Parolo
  • 21Verratti
  • 22Destro
  • 24Florenzi
  • 25Padelli
  • 26Perin
  • 27Quagliarella
  • 28Poli


  • 1Cillessen
  • 2JanmaatSubstituted forVan der Wielat 72'minutes
  • 3de Vrij
  • 4Martins IndiBooked at 9mins
  • 5Blind
  • 8WijnaldumSubstituted forFerat 85'minutes
  • 10Sneijder
  • 6de JongSubstituted forPietersat 63'minutes
  • 7Kuyt
  • 9van PersieSubstituted forNarsinghat 80'minutes
  • 11LensSubstituted forVeltmanat 12'minutes


  • 12Van der Wiel
  • 13van Dijk
  • 14Veltman
  • 15Pieters
  • 16Verhaegh
  • 17Narsingh
  • 18Afellay
  • 19Fer
  • 20Klaassen
  • 21Depay
  • 22Krul
  • 23Zoet
Sergey Karasev

Match Stats

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Match ends, Italy 2, Netherlands 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Italy 2, Netherlands 0.

Attempt blocked. Daley Blind (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Offside, Netherlands. Jasper Cillessen tries a through ball, but Dirk Kuyt is caught offside.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Wesley Sneijder.


Substitution, Netherlands. Leroy Fer replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.


Substitution, Netherlands. Luciano Narsingh replaces Robin van Persie.

Attempt missed. Mattia Destro (Italy) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Manuel Pasqual with a cross.

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Italy).

Robin van Persie (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Davide Astori (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robin van Persie (Netherlands).


Substitution, Italy. Sebastian Giovinco replaces Ciro Immobile.


Marco Verratti (Italy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marco Verratti (Italy).

Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).


Substitution, Italy. Mattia Destro replaces Simone Zaza.


Substitution, Italy. Antonio Candreva replaces Matteo Darmian.


Substitution, Netherlands. Gregory Van der Wiel replaces Daryl Janmaat.

Foul by Ciro Immobile (Italy).

Joël Veltman (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daley Blind (Netherlands).

Foul by Davide Astori (Italy).

Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marco Parolo (Italy).

Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ciro Immobile (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joël Veltman (Netherlands).


Substitution, Italy. Marco Parolo replaces Daniele De Rossi.


Substitution, Italy. Manuel Pasqual replaces Mattia De Sciglio.

Foul by Ciro Immobile (Italy).

Jasper Cillessen (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Italy. Marco Verratti replaces Claudio Marchisio.


Substitution, Netherlands. Erik Pieters replaces Nigel de Jong.

Attempt saved. Simone Zaza (Italy) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniele De Rossi.

Offside, Italy. Andrea Ranocchia tries a through ball, but Ciro Immobile is caught offside.

Offside, Netherlands. Wesley Sneijder tries a through ball, but Dirk Kuyt is caught offside.


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