Easy warm up win for Italy

European Championship co-favorite Italy easily beat African champion Tunisia 4-0 yesterday in an international friendly.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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European Championship co-favorite Italy easily beat African champion Tunisia 4-0 yesterday in an international friendly, while fellow Euro 2004 finalist and Group C rival Denmark was held to a 2-2 draw by Estonia Italy, which lost to France in the final four years ago, got goals from Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluca Zambrotta to beat the African Cup of Nations winner. Tunisia captain Riadh Bouazizi added an own-goal. The 2004 European Championship starts in two weeks, and many teams still have friendlies to play before heading to Portugal. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Netherlands, England, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria are all scheduled to play. In other friendly matches on Sunday, Scotland beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-1, Wales edged Canada 1-0, Japan topped Iceland 3-2 and Jordan held host Algeria to a 1-1 draw. The non-European teams are all getting ready for 2006 World Cup qualifying, which resumes for many regions in June. In Tunis, Tunisia, Italy showed good form and fitness in its final friendly as captain Cannavaro headed in his first national team goal off a Francesco Totti free kick in the 27th. In the second half, AC Milan's Pirlo scored off a curving free kick over a Tunisia wall in the 86th and Juventus defender Zambrotta kicked in a rebound from a Bernardo Corradi header a few seconds before the final whistle. With all of his players healthy, Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni started with his preferred lineup featuring Totti, Alessandro Del Piero and Christian Vieri in attack. In February, Frenchman Roger Lemerre led Tunisia to its first African Cup title at the same venue. Lemerre also coached France four years ago when it won the European Championship. Tunisia opens its World Cup qualifying campaign at home against Botswana on Saturday. Italy, which won the European Championship in 1968, will face Sweden, Bulgaria and Denmark in Group C at next month's finals. In Tallinn, Estonia, Joel Lindpere scored a 90th-minute equalizer as Estonia twice came back to hold Denmark 0-0. AC Milan ace Jon Dahl Tomasson put the Danes ahead in the 28th minute, but Kristen Viikmae equalized in the 77th. Kenneth Perez, who substituted for Claus Jensen in the 67th, gave the Danes a 2-1 lead in the 80th. In Wrexham, Wales, Paul Parry headed a Craig Bellamy chip past goalkeeper Pat Onstad in the 21st minute to lift Wales over Canada 1-0. Wales, which lost to Russia in a Euro 2004 playoff, hasn't lost in four games. In Edinburgh, Scotland, Darren Fletcher scored a goal and set up two others as Scotland crushed Trinidad and Tobago 4-1. In Manchester, England, Tatsuhiko Kubo scored twice and Alessandro Santos converted a penalty as Japan beat Iceland 3-2. Heidar Helguson scored both goals for Iceland. (AP)