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Italy coach Roberto Mancini tasted win in his first game in charge of the Azzuri as goals from Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti were enough to see off World Cup heading Saudi Arabia at the Kybunpark in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Balotelli, who didn’t feature for Italy since the 2014 World Cup, took only 21 minutes to break the deadlock and give his team a 1-0 lead.
Even though, the first half showed signs of a comfortable win for the Italians, the Green Falcons turned out as a much better unit in the second half and continued to probe the opposition half for an equalizer.
Despite the Saudi resurgence, Belotti managed to pull in one more for the Italians to make it 2-0. It wasn’t a showpiece finish from the Torino forward, but somehow it managed to find the back of the net.
Al Shehri fired home an Al Dawsari flick past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the 72nd minute but the Saudis failed to restore parity before the referee blew the final whistle, rendering Shehri’s goal to be a consolation.
Saudi Arabia will take on Peru at the same venue on June 3.