U-21 Friendly: Italy 2-1 France
Italy Under-21s completed an impressive 2-1 win against France in La Spezia on Tuesday evening's friendly.
Italy's victory at the Stadio Alberto Picco came largely as a result of a fine first-half display with the Azzurrini taking the lead on 37 minutes when Daniele Dessena converted Sebastian Giovinco's pinpoint left-wing cross. Giuseppe Rossi then doubled home advantage within three minutes with a left-foot volley after the French defence failed to deal with a Giovinco corner.
The visitors reacted well in the second half and scored through Julien Quercia nine minutes after the interval but despite a concerted effort to draw level it was Italy who came the closest to scoring again when Gabriele Paonessa hit the post with a powerful right-footed shot in added time.
Source: C4 Football Italia