Thursday March 21 2013
Line-ups: Italy-Brazil

Italy will start with Mario Balotelli and Pablo Osvaldo up front against Brazil in this evening’s friendly.

The Milan and Roma forwards will partner each other up top, with Juventus man Emanuele Giaccherini playing in the trequarista role.

With Claudio Marchisio pulling out because of illness, Riccardo Montolivo starts in a midfield three, alongside Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo.

The back four meanwhile, is as expected – with Chrstian Maggio, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Mattia De Sciglio all in the XI.

For Brazil meanwhile, Lazio playmaker Hernanes gets a start.

Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Bonucci, Barzagli, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Pirlo, Montolivo; Giaccherini; Balotelli, Osvaldo

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Dante, David Luiz, Filipe Luis; Fernando, Hernanes, Oscar; Hulk, Fred, Neymar

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