Italy vs. Ireland: 6 Things We Learned

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Italy vs. Ireland: 6 Things We Learned
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His team lost a key player to injury and it's another game without a win, but Cesare Prandelli still has positives to take from Italy's meeting with Ireland in London on Saturday.

Giuseppe Rossi looked fit and several players such as Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile looked in fine form ahead of the World Cup.

The game was a chance for the Azzurri to try out some different players and give Rossi a chance to prove his fitness ahead of Brazil. For Ireland, it was an opportunity for new manager Martin O'Neill to measure his men against world-class opposition. 

Italy are now without a win since they beat Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier back in September 2013, but the 0-0 result won't worry them too much.

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