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The Azzurri tactician admitted his side were not up to scratch against the All Whites.

After watching his Italy side again fail to live up to their world champions status following a 1-1 draw with New Zealand, coach Marcello Lippi once again bemoaned ill-fortune as the reason behind his side’s failure to secure maximum points.

“We didn’t have much luck but it must be said we didn’t play a great game,” he declared to SkySport.

“Starting the game in such a way gave us an uphill task. The side played with great desire, but we were lacking the cutting edge in certain moments.

“It has to be said luck didn’t favour us tonight. We hit the woodwork and lofted numerous balls into the box without joy. Now we must win the final game if we are to have any aspirations of progressing to the next round.”

The Azzurri will take on Slovakia on Thursday afternoon in the final round of Group F games.

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