Football: Italy held by Ukraine in friendly

Oct 12, 2018, 08:25 IST | PA Sport

Italy should already have been well in control at half-time but found Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov in fine form

Football: Italy held by Ukraine in friendly
Italy's head coach Roberto Mancini looks on prior to the friendly football match Italy vs Ukraine on October 10, 2018 at the Luigi-Ferraris stadium in Genoa. Pic/AFP

Italy boss Roberto Mancini admitted his team must be more clinical after allowing Ukraine to fight back and earn a 1-1 draw on an emotional night at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Italy should already have been well in control at half-time but found Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov in fine form. Somewhat ironically, it took a fumble by Pyatov early in the second half for the Azzurri to finally break the deadlock when Federico Bernardeschi's speculative 20-yard shot squirmed over the line.

Ukraine, though, hit back and were level just after the hour when Ruslan Malinovsky hooked the ball in following a corner. The Azzurri are now winless in the last five home matches.

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