Balotelli Shines On Mancini’s Debut As Italy Coach

Mario Balotelli scored and stood out for a new look Italy under coach Roberto Mancini, that is starting again after their World Cup failure and beat Saudi Arabia in a friendly.

Italy are looking to move forward under Mancini, and he started Balotelli as well as Matteo Politano, of Sassuolo.

However, the team also included regular names in recent squads such as Romagnoli, Florenzi, Pellegrini and Insigne.

Italy bossed the game with Balotelli putting them ahead in the first half after a good run, before Belotti doubled the lead in the second half and Al Shehri pulled a goal back following a mistake by Donnarumma.

– Match facts:

1. Saudi Arabia: Al Owais; Al Shahrani, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Al Harbi; Otayf, Al Faraj, Al Shejri, Kanu, Al Jassim; Mohanad Aseri. También jugaron Al Dawsari, Al Muwallad, Albulayhi, Al Moquawhi, Motaz Hawsawi.

2. Italy: Donnarumma; Zappacosta, Romagnoli, Bonucci, Criscito; Florenzi, Jorginho, Pellegrini; Insigne, Balotelli, Politano. También jugaron Belotti, Bonaventura, Cristante, Verdi, Chiesa, De Sciglio.

Goals: 0-1, m.21: Balotelli; 0-2, m.69: Belotti; 1-2, m.72: Al Shejri.

Referee: Sandro Scharer (SWI).

Kybunpark Stadium (St. Gallen): Attendance, 10.000.

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