Italy held to 2-2 draw by Haiti in friendly

Italy also struggled in their last match, when they were held to a 0-0 draw by the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier last week.

updated: June 12, 2013 09:34 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: An understrength Italy conceded two late goals in a 2-2 draw with Haiti in a Confederations Cup warmup match Tuesday, highlighting a lack of cohesion for the Azzurri only five days before the tournament begins.

Italy immediately took control when Emanuele Giaccherini redirected a cross from Antonio Candreva just 19 seconds in at the Sao Januario stadium, home of the Vasco da Gama club. However, the European runners-up had trouble finishing for the next 70 minutes and Haiti came close to equalizing on several occasions before substitute Claudio Marchisio doubled the lead from a rebound in the 72nd after Mario Balotelli had set up Stephan El Shaarawy.

Italy relaxed again after its second goal and substitute Olrish Saurel pulled one back for Haiti with an 85th-minute penalty after Davide Astori took down Jean-Eudes Maurice. Jean Philippe equalized in the 90th with a long, angled shot.

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