- Yellow cardAndrea BelottiItaly
- 2nd Half
- De SciglioFlorenzi58'
- De RossiMontolivo46'
- 1/2 Time
- 1st Half
Italy - France
International friendlies - 1 September 2016
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The Italy substitute fouls Sissoko and picks up a booking.
Three minutes of added time to be played at the end of the match.
Pogba wins the argument and he almost scores! The ball goes through the wall but Donnarumma does well to save and hold onto the ball.
Payet wins a free-kick for France in a dangerous area. Who will take it? There are three players over it, including Pogba...
Belotti thinks he has won Italy a penalty... instead the referee signals for a France free-kick! The ball was played to the Italy substitute inside the area but he appears to have handled before colliding with Umtiti.
So it appears Giampiero Ventura's first game in charge of Italy will end in defeat although he will have noticed plenty of positives in the Azzuri's performance.
It's tough on the young goalkeeper who was probably expecting Kurzawa to play the ball across the face of goal rather than shoot.
- GoalLayvin KurzawaFrance
GOAL! Italy 1-3 France - Les Bleus extend their lead against the run of play! Pogba plays through Kurzawa and the full-back tucks the ball home from a tight angle. Donnarumma will be disappointed to be beaten at his near post.
Meanwhile, Belgium have suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Spain in the other international friendly being played this evening.
Italy continue to search for the equaliser and Florenzi is certainly playing his part in the pursuit - he shows great skill to turn away from his marker before delivering a cross into the penalty area but Belotti commits a foul and France survive.
Simply brilliant from Pogba who shows elegance to skip away from two opponents but his final pass is a let down and Italy get men back to deal with the attack.
- OnAndrea BelottiItaly
Another Italy change as Andrea Belotti replaces the lively Eder.
Giampiero Ventura will certainly be much happier with how the Azzuri have played in the second period.
Florenzi delivers a cross into the penalty area but it's easily cleared by France who spring a counter-attack but it comes to an end when Dembele runs the ball out of play on the flank, much to the amusement of the home fans.
OFFSIDE! Florenzi is picked out in space on the edge of the penalty area but the linesman raises his flag. Italy enjoying a spell of pressure at the moment.
CHANCE! Pelle looks to light up a low-key second-half as he connects with an in-swinging cross from Candreva but the forward can't keep his header down.
France have all 11 men behind the ball at the moment as they look to protect their lead. Italy looking dangerous.
The change is made - Bonaventura is indeed the man to make way for Verratti.
France can only partially clear the corner, it falls to Bonaventura who tries his luck from the edge of the penalty and it's sent into row-Z. That proves to be the midfielder's last contribution as he is going to be replaced by Marco Verrati.
Italy are stepping up the pressure as Candreva wins yet another corner for the hosts.
- OffBlaise MatuidiFrance
- OnMoussa SissokoFrance
Sissoko replaces Matuidi and Ousmane Dembélé takes the place of Griezmann.
Brace yourself for another influx of substitutions, one of which is Tottenham new boy Moussa Sissoko.
Donnarumma makes his first save down at his right to applause from the home support. It was a well struck shot from Payet.
GREAT SAVE! Montolivo, often an omission from the Italy squad, almost gets on the score-sheet with a rocket from 30 yards! He really catches a shot but Mandanda does well to parry the ball out for a corner.
- OffMattia De SciglioItaly
- OnAlessandro FlorenziItaly
Alessandro Florenzi, a right-footed player, is coming on to play left-wing in place of De Sciglio.
Griezmann spots the 17-year-old off his line and tries a spectacular lob but it's always going over.
CLOSE! Gignac, only on at half-time almost extends France's lead with a curling effort from 25 yards but it's sent just wide of the post. Donnarumma was beaten.
Chiellini, still hurting after a defensive mistake earlier in the match, does well to intercept Kurzawa's cross into the box.
France have started the more lively in the second-half.
FRANCE SUBS! André-Pierre Gignac replaces Giroud and Dimitri Payet takes the place of goalscorer Anthony Martial.
ITALY SUBS! Daniele Rugani replaces De Rossi, Riccardo Montolivo replaces Barzagli and 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma replaces Buffon.
- 2nd Half
We're underway for the start of the second-half. Five changes in total at the break. Details in a second.
- End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME! The referee brings the first period to a close. France lead courtesy of goals from Anthony Martial and Olivier Giroud. Graziano Pelle scored for the hosts.
Italy almost restore parity on the stroke of half-time, a dangerous cross is played in by Candreva but the visitors somehow manage to scramble the ball away.
There will be little time added on at the end of a thoroughly entertaining first-half.
A cross is played high into the Italian penalty area, Martial does tremendously to win the header but none of his team mates are able to get onto the end of it and the hosts clear.
Didier Deschamps will certainly be the happier of the two managers as we approach half-time. The French look dangerous every time they come forward with the ball. Pogba and Giroud, in particular, enjoying a good game.
Pogba is on the receiving end of jeers every time he gets a touch of the ball. The Juventus fans are clearly not pleased with his move to Manchester United.
WIDE! A great chance created courtesy of a nice team move is wasted as Candreva screws the ball well wide of goal from inside the penalty area.
And now Eder is sent crashing into the advertising boards! He takes the ball down inside the penalty area but is simply outmuscled by Varane who sends him flying, ushering the ball out in the process.
Eder has enjoyed a lively start to the game, laying on his side's opener, and he almost grabs the second himself but his shot from the edge of the penalty area is sent inches wide.
Giampiero Ventura was absolutely furious at his side's defending during France's second goal. The Azzuri, famous for their resilience, certainly look vulnerable at the back.
Three goals scored with fewer than 30 minutes played - this is entertainment!
- GoalOlivier GiroudFrance
GOAL! Italy 1-2 France - Giroud restores the visitors' lead with a well-taken half-volley! Italy could only partially clear a corner, Kurzawa headed the ball back into the penalty area where Giroud was ready to pounce, smashing the ball into the corner of the net.
Tireless work from Candreva to get back and do some defensive work as France win a corner.
Pogba and Giroud link-up well on the edge of the Italian's penalty area but the latter puts too much on a pass and the move collapses.
A fantastic encounter thus far.
Italy continue to put pressure on the visitors but it's France who create the next opportunity with Pogba at the heart of a quick counter-attack however the hosts get numbers back in defence to deal with the problem.
- GoalGraziano PellèItaly
GOAL! Italy 1-1 France - The Azzuri are level within minutes and it's a well-taken goal from Pelle! Eder finds the former Southampton player with a pass from the wing, and with his back to goal, he turns and wrong-foots Mandanda with a clever shot.
I can almost see the smile on Jose Mourinho's face at the sight of his two players linking up to give France the lead...
It is certainly an uncharacteristic mistake by Chiellini and it's cost his team. Guess he is human, after all!
- GoalAnthony MartialFrance
GOAL! Italy 0-1 France - Manchester United team-mates link up to open the scoring for the visitors! Chiellini slips in Italy's defence, allowing Pogba space to pick out Martial who then coolly slides the ball past Buffon.
The hosts win a corner and there's plenty of tall players up for the set-piece but Candreva's cross is poor allowing Mandana to easily collect.
Italy concede the ball in their own half, allowing Griezmann an opportunity to shoot but his effort is blocked and the hosts then scramble the ball clear.
After a slow start, France are beginning to settle down and are enjoying a lot of possession right now.
STAT! Italy have not won any of their last five friendly games against France, losing the most recent three.
The set-piece is wasted as De Rossi commits a foul just as the cross into the penalty area is delivered.
Italy have started much brighter than their visitors now have a chance to test the French defence, although the free-kick was won in dubious circumstances. Candreva fell a little too easily under the challenge of Kurzawa.
He looks OK to continue, much to the relief of the Italian fans. The Azzuri really missed their midfield star in their penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany at Euro 2016.
- Yellow cardDjibril SidibéFrance
OUCH! De Rossi is in some pain following a nasty collision with Sidibe. The French defender was a little late with his tackle and he's hurt his opponent.
CHANCE! The hosts go close to breaking the dead-lock after only three minutes! Candreva wins a corner and takes the set-piece himself, finding Pelle in the penalty area but the forward's first-time shot is sent narrowly off-target.
Italy are playing in white this evening while the visitors are in their traditional blue kits.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF! France get us underway.
A minute's silence is taking place to remember the victims of the earthquake in Italy which claimed the life of over 240 people recently.
Right, we're almost set for kick-off. The players are making their way onto the pitch at Stadio San Nicola.
Giampiero Ventura takes charge of Italy for the first time this evening but there won’t be any great changes in personnel or tactics for this contest. The former Bari manager has explained that because he has barely had any time to work with the squad, he’s focusing on the players who did so well with Antonio Conte at Euro 2016 – and the 3-5-2 system too. "I want to take Antonio's project forward. It's extremely challenging to take up his mantle,” he said.
Didier Deschamps, France: "The Euros are behind us. My wish is to make use of it, yes, but not for us to focus too much on it. When we play neighbouring countries, such as Germany, Spain and England, there is this healthy rivalry. It will be a glamour game."
Italy: Buffon, Barzagli, Astori, Chiellini, Candreva, Parolo, De Rossi, Bonaventura, De Sciglio, Pelle, Eder. /// France: Mandanda, Sidibe, Varane, Koscielny, Kurzawa, Pogba, Matuidi, Payet, Griezmann, Martial, Giroud.
Good evening and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE text commentary of Italy versus France. It may be a friendly but new Azzuri boss Giampiero Ventura will be hoping to get off to a winning start against the Euro 2016 runners-up still hurting after defeat to Portugal in July.