Italy 1 Netherlands 1: As It Happened
International Friendly—Amsterdam Arena—Amsterdam, Netherlands
Netherlands 1 Italy 1 (Full Time)
Goals: Lens (Netherlands, 33'), Verratti (Italy, 90+1)
Netherlands: Krul, Janmaat (Van Rhijn, 85'), Blind, De Vrij, Strootman, Martins Indi, Clasie (De Guzman, 46'), Maher, John (Kuyt, 60'), Van Persie (Robben, 46'), Lens
Italy: Buffon, Abate, Barzagli (Ranocchia (74'), Astori, Santon, Montolivo, Pirlo (Florenzi, 46'), De Rossi (Verratti, 61'), Candreva (Diamanti, 46'), Balotelli (Osvaldo, 61'), El Shaarawy (Gilardino, 71')
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Holland gave a good account of themselves. Louis van Gaal will have a reason to be confident in a lot of his younger players like Jens, John, and Maher as qualifying moves forward.
A great late equalizer for Verratti, who exchanged passes with Gilardino and then dragged past Strootman to fire home. A strange match for Italy, who seemed to come alive at the end of each respective half but were devoid of any life through the first 35 minutes or so of either half otherwise.
Italy presses slightly more at the end, but Cakir blows for full time after nearly four minutes of stoppage time.
Verratti takes a loose ball in the box past the first defender with a neat little drag and fires it into the top of the net above Krul
90'+2 GOAL ITALY
Marco Verratti opens his account with Italy at the death!
Diamanti plays a lofted with Italy's strikers side-by-side, but Gilardino's full-stretch shot is saved.
89' SHOT MISSED
Abate plays a beautiful cross back post, but Osvaldo can only head it across the goalmouth.
Kuyt finds himself alone at the penalty spot, but shoots with a whimper and Buffon easily claims it.
In what might be Tim Krul's first real action of the day, he stops a weakly hit ball by Gilardino.
The Dutch are trying to keep hold of this, as Italy is driving
Out: Darryl Janmaat
In: Ricardo Van Rhijn
85' Strange sequence for the Italians. Florenzi claims a loose ball at the top of the box and flips it over Osvaldo, who recovers and eventually is able to let loose a shot, but the ball hits Gilardino's head and out for a goal kick.
83' SHOT MISSED
Florenzi gets into the act with a good cross towards Osvaldo, who just can't direct it where it needs to be and it goes out for a goal kick. In truth it the header didn't have much power, Krul would probably have saved.
82' Santon puts a decent ball in towards Osvaldo and Gilardino, but the ball is headed well wide.
79' SHOT MISSED
Robben dribbles past Verratti before firing wide towards the far post.
78' SHOT MISSED
Alessandro Diamanti curls the ball toward the goal rather than his teammates, but can't keep it down and it flies over the bar. Decently hit, but not nearly what was needed.
77' Abate tries to overlap after a give-and-go, but Strootman stands in and levels him. Great free kick chance for Italy on the right wing.
Prandelli makes a defensive move
Out: Andrea Barzagli
In: Andrea Ranocchia
Arjen Robben creates some space between him and Andrea Barzagli and fires, but Buffon parries easily.
73' Buffon claims a loopy cross from Blind.
Italy's wunderkind is off in favor of an old hand.
Out: Stephen El Shaarawy
In: Alberto Gilardino
Lens looks for a brace as he breaks through a huge gap in the middle of the field, but the Italian keeper is equal to his effort from just outside the box.
69' Osvaldo is fairing no better as the Italian target man, as a lobbed ball to him is too long and right to Krul.
67' SHOT MISSED
Kevin Strootman hits a shot from dead center at the top of the box and it curls just beyond a diving Buffon—and the post.
66' Abate gets a good feed but his low cross goes straight to Krul. There's a real lack of quality in the attacking third for Italy at the moment.
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