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The Azzurri had never before suffered defeat to a team from Africa...

Egypt became the first African team to defeat Italy when they overcame the world champions by a goal to nil in Johannesburg.

The Pharoahs are no stranger to the Italian national side, having been the first African team to meet the Azzurri all the way back in the 1920 Olympic Games. Italy won that fixture 2-1 in Ghent with goals from Guglielmo Brezzi and Adolfo Baloncieri.

Prior to this evening Italy's worst result against an African side was a  draw during the 1982 World Cup. Cameroon's Grgoire Mbida netted an equaliser seconds after Francesco 'Ciccio' Graziani's opener on the hour mark.

A similar result occurred during 2005's friendly with the on-form Cote d'Ivoire, but this was an uncompetitive fixture.

Thus Egypt made history thanks to that solo goal from Mohammed Homos.

Full results against African sides:

Year
Opposition
Competition
Score (Italy first)
1920
Egypt
Olympic Games
2-1
1928
EgyptOlympic Games11-3
1953
EgyptWorld Cup Qual.
2-1
1954
EgyptWorld Cup Qual.5-1
1982
Cameroon
World Cup
1-1
1989
Algeria
Friendly
1-0
1994
Nigeria
World Cup
2-1
1998
Cameroon
World Cup3-0
2001
South Africa
Friendly
1-0
2001
Morocco
Friendly
1-0
2004
Tunisia
Friendly4-0
2005
Ivory Coast
Friendly1-1
2006
Ghana
World Cup
2-0
2007
South Africa
Friendly2-0
2009
Egypt
Confederations Cup
0-1

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