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Italy plane struck by lightning

The Azzurri squad was traveling to Geneva from Florence ahead of Thursday night's friendly against Brazil, but while landing the players had a bit of a shock

The plane carrying Italy's players to Switzerland was struck by lightning on Wednesday ahead of the team's clash against Brazil on Thursday night.

The Azzurri travelled to Geneva from Florence to play the World Cup 2014 hosts in a friendly game but were greeted while landing with lightning bolt, though no players were harmed.

The players were shaken by the incident, but any chance of a crash or similar incident having nearly occurred were rubbished by the plane's captain.

"The situation was always under control," assured Roberto Andolfato told Sky Sport.

Juventus Claudio Marchisio tweeted afterwards: "Beautiful plane scare today! We are now in our hotel in Geneva, and tomorrow big challenge against Brazil."

Cesare Prandelli's men face the Selecao on March 21, before preparing for a World Cup qualifier against minnows Malta next Tuesday.

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