The Under-21 Italy side was beaten 4-2 by the B Italia squad this evening, a side representing the best players in Serie B.
This was an unusual friendly test for Devis Mangia’s men in Terni and they found it very hard going.
B Italia went 2-0 up early on through Crotone’s Stefano Pettinari and Bari forward Francesco Fedato, then Chievo’s Alberto Paloschi pulled one back from the penalty spot.
Riccardo Improta restored the two-goal cushion before half-time, though Nicola Bellomo (who is in Serie B with Bari, but playing for the Under-21 side) made it 3-2 from a free kick.
B Italia completed the rout 10 minutes from time with Juve Stabia striker Improta completing his brace.
B Italia:Iacobucci (Brignoli 83); Pucino, Brosco, Rosania; Fiamozzi, Maiello (Doninelli 64), Giandonato (Paghera 59), Ghiringhelli (Bencivenga 64); Improta, Pettinari (Pucciarelli 75), Fedato (Dumitru 46)
Italy Under-21: Perin; Donati, Frascatore (Crescenzi 67), Sampirisi, Capuano; Crimi (Soriano 75), Sala (Politano 75), Florenzi (Crisetig 46), Sansone (De Luca 46); 9 Paloschi (Galano 46), Bellomo