Friendly Italy warm up for Euro 2024 with win against Bosnia and Herzegovina

Italy beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 on Sunday to win their final warm-up match before defending the European Championship title in Germany.

Davide Frattesi’s classy volley seven minutes before half-time was enough for Italy to claim victory in soaking conditions in Empoli.

Inter Milan midfielder Frattesi could have scored at least once before netting from Federico Chiesa’s clipped cross as Luciano Spalletti’s experimental line-up showed encouraging flashes of attacking flair and quickfire passing.

The Azzurri performed much better than in Tuesday’s drab goalless draw with Turkey, with Gianluca Scamacca also being twice denied by Bosnia goalkeeper Kenan Piric.

Italy open the defence of their crown on June 15 against Albania in Group B, where they have also been drawn with Spain and Croatia.

Bosnia failed to qualify for Euro 2024 and were missing captain Edin Dzeko but had the first chance, Haris Hajradinovic being denied by a superb Gianluigi Donnarumma save after he intercepted Riccardo Calafiori’s sloppy pass.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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