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Italy cruise past Czechs in Euro warm up

A week before they kick off Euro 2020 in Rome, Italy crushed the Czech Republic 4-0 in Bologna on Friday, keeping an eighth straight clean sheet.

Ciro Immobile Nicolo Barella Lorenzo Insigne  and  Domenico Berardi all scored for the hosts who will open the Euro against Turkey next Friday.

In the absence of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, who is nursing an injured knee,  Jorginho, a Champions League winner with Chelsea, and Barella quickly set the tempo for Italy.

Italy’s strikers Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile wasted early chances, before Immobile of Lazio  broke the deadlock in the 3rd minute.

Barella, who injected energy from midfield, added a second before half time.

Immobile set up Insigne to score the third with a deflected shot.

Berardi rounded off the party in style, much to the delight of the few thousand spectators in the venerable Dall’Ara Stadium. 

They also warmly welcomed the debut of Sassuolo striker Giacomo Raspadori, the surprise pick on the 26-man squad, with 12 minutes left. 

While Italy’s attack enjoyed itself, the defence  maintained their defensive solidity with an eighth consecutive clean sheet.

The Czechs, who open their Euro campaign  against Scotland in Glasgow on June 14, started brightly before the home team took full control. 

The only real scare for Italy manager Roberto Mancini came when Leonardo Bonucci limped off in the first half after twisting his right knee, but the Juventus defender returned and finished the game. 

Italy are  undefeated in 27 matches, since September 2018.


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