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Tuesday June 11 2013
Giaccherini: 'Happy with record'

Emanuele Giaccherini was “very happy” to score the fastest ever Italy goal, but not with the Haiti draw.

The Azzurri fumbled a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 in a charity friendly with Haiti in Rio de Janeiro.

His was a record-breaking goal after 19 seconds, surpassing the 20 seconds that it took Salvatore Bagni to score against Mexico in February 1984.

“I am happy! It’s nice to know and satisfying to have scored for Italy, but the result counts and I hope today’s draw can spark something within us to make us give more in the Confederations Cup.

“I don’t know who might’ve thought it would end 7-0, as all games are difficult. Italy didn’t play a disastrous game today,” he told Rai Sport.

“We took the lead, created more chances and were 2-0 up. A little fatigue set in during the final stages and our concentration levels dipped, so we conceded two goals.

“The first half we felt extremely hot, so after 20 minutes we were struggling. When the sun started to go down, we felt much better.

“In my view we will take the next three or four days to prepare and face Mexico as best we can. The Coach will pick who is in the best shape.

“As I do at Juventus, it is already a great source of pride to be in the squad, so I always give my all and can be relied upon whenever I am called. If the Coach picks me, then I’m happy to work for the team.”

Cesare Prandelli said the result was “embarrassing” and Giaccherini was inclined to agree.

“It’s certainly not a great result and I hope it can make us ‘angry.’ Italy can and must do  better.”

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