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Monday 5 December 2016

Azzurri fail to impress

Published 04/06/2010 | 05:00

Mexico secured a 2-1 victory in Belgium last night over a rusty Italian side that clearly has work to do if they are to retain the World Cup.

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Italy, whose previous match was a 0-0 draw with Cameroon in March, started brightly with Vincenzo Iaquinta heading against the bar in the third minute but the harrying Mexicans then took over.

The lively Giovani dos Santos found Carlos Vela unmarked in the Italian penalty area and the Mexican striker comfortably scored in the 16th minute.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco chipped the Italian defence for Alberto Medina to settle it in the 83rd minute before Leonardo Bonucci pulled one back for Italy in a goalmouth scramble three minutes from time.

Irish Independent

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