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



Formation 3-5-2

  • 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


Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Home TeamItalyAway TeamNetherlands
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 2, Netherlands 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 2, Netherlands 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Italy. Conceded by Wesley Sneijder.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Leroy Fer replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Luciano Narsingh replaces Robin van Persie.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Italy).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Robin van Persie (Netherlands).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Sebastian Giovinco replaces Ciro Immobile.

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marco Verratti (Italy).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Mattia Destro replaces Simone Zaza.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Antonio Candreva replaces Matteo Darmian.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 4th September 2014

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