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L. Digne
L. Kurzawa
A. Belotti
Yellow Card
S. Umtiti
L. Koscielny
P. Pogba
Assist
L. Kurzawa
Goal
A. Belotti
E. Martins
M. Verratti
G. Bonaventura
O. Dembélé
A. Griezmann
M. Sissoko
B. Matuidi
A. Florenzi
M. De Sciglio
D. Rugani
D. De Rossi
G. Donnarumma
G. Buffon
R. Montolivo
A. Barzagli
D. Payet
A. Martial
A. Gignac
O. Giroud
L. Kurzawa
Assist
O. Giroud
Goal
E. Martins
Assist
G. Pellè
Goal
A. Martial
Goal
P. Pogba
Assist
D. Sidibé
Yellow Card
6
1
6
1

Stats

Possession
% %
8
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 5
Total Passes 600 417

Commentary

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There was not a great deal between the sides, but Ventura will want to see an improvement in both penalty areas for his team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Didier Deschamps will be satisfied with the result, although the display was not perfect by any means.
Giampiero Ventura's reign as Italy boss begins with a 3-1 defeat to France. Goals from Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud and Layvin Kurzawa were enough to hand Les Bleus the victory this evening, while Graziano Pelle got on the scoresheet for the home side.
FULL-TIME: ITALY 1-3 FRANCE
The referee ends the contest.
L. Digne
L. Kurzawa
France
Digne comes on for the final few seconds to replace Kurzawa.
A. Belotti
Yellow Card
Italy
Belotti is booked for his challenge on Sissoko.
France attempt to add to the scoreline as Dembele raids down the flank, but he sends his cross out of play for a goal-kick. 
Sissoko and Belotti clash in the middle of the park as the Italian brings down the midfielder as he attempted to surge forward. The referee is forced to step in to separate the players.
There will be three minutes of added time.
Verrrati makes a neat turn inside the France half and then offloads for Parolo on the edge of the box. However, the midfielder takes a poor first touch and Kante gets back to make the tackle to quell the attack.
SAVE! Pogba overrules his team-mate to take the set-piece, and he strikes his effort through the ball with power, but Donnarumma gets down well to make the stop.
France win a free-kick in a dangerous area of the pitch as the ball strikes Verratti's hand. Could we see a Payet special here?
A sight to worry fans of PSG and Italy as Verratti goes down in the centre circle clutching his knee after being tackled by Pogba. Fortunately he seems ok as he rises to his feet.
S. Umtiti
L. Koscielny
France
Koscielny is withdrawn for the final few minutes to be replaced by Umtiti.
P. Pogba
Assist
France
Pogba notches his second assist of the game with a smart throughball to Kurzawa, allowing the full-back to apply the finish.
L. Kurzawa
Goal
France
GOAL!!! France take a large stride towards victory as Kurzawa notches his first international goal with a powerful finish past Donnarumma. Pogba created the chance with a clever ball to the full-back, who outfoxed the Azzurri keeper by blasting his effort in at the near post.
CHANCE! Kurzawa slips Payet through into the box and the winger attempts to find the unmarked Gignac at the back post, but Donnarumma does well to come off his line to gather before it can reach the forward.
France have not been much of an attacking threat in the second half as the Azzurri have dominated possession. There haven't been may clear-cut chances to speak of though, which is a testament to the quality of the defending.
A. Belotti
E. Martins
Italy
Eder's last action is to bring down Koscielny for that free-kick, as Belotti replaces him up front.
Verratti attempts to pick put the run of Eder in the middle with a lofted pass over the top. However, Koscielny reads the danger well and makes a great interception with his left foot before winning a free-kick from the forward's attempts to regain possession.
Florenzi and Eder link up in the final third, with the forward sending his team-mate through the left channel. However, Florenzi is stopped in his tracks by the linesman's flag.
Italy build a strong attacking move from the right and the cross eventually comes in from Candreva, but Pelle can only direct his header over the bar after rising to meet the ball.
M. Verratti
G. Bonaventura
Italy
Verratti makes his return in an Italy shirt as he replaces Bonaventura.
Kurzawa concedes another corner, but the Azzurri are unable to capitalise with a threatening cross into the box from Candreva, allowing France to clear.
Candreva makes another strong run at Kurzawa down the flank, but this time the defender does just enough to prevent the cross, putting the ball out for a corner.
O. Dembélé
A. Griezmann
France
Dembele makes his first appearance for Les Bleus as he replaces Griezmann.
M. Sissoko
B. Matuidi
France
Fresh from his move to Spurs yesterday Sissoko comes on for Matuidi.
Bonaventura sends Florenzi on his way down the left inside channel. The midfielder fires the ball across the face of goal, looking for a white shirt to attack his pass. However, Mandanda comes off his line to gather.
CHANCE! Montolivo has space and time to line up a strike from distance, and Mandanda has to be at his best to palm his powerful effort away from goal.
A. Florenzi
M. De Sciglio
Italy
Florenzi replaces De Sciglio for the final 30 minutes of the contest.
Eder puts the pressure on Varane at the back as the defender attempts to dribble his way out of trouble. The Real Madrid man does just enough to offload to Kante before the Azzurri forward can win possession.
Neither team has settled in the second half thus far. The tempo has dropped significantly from the first period, with the game in need of another injection of quality.
CHANCE! Chiellini's terrible evening continues as he plays an awful pass to De Sciglio, which is intercepted by Sidibe. He raids to the edge of the box before cutting the ball back to Gignac. The striker shoots first time, but curls his effort just past the post.
The game has yet to pick up since the break and Pogba sums up the action since the restart by launching his cross into the middle out of play for a goal-kick as Gignac and Matuidi waited for his delivery.
Bonaventura wastes a strong attacking platform as he plays his pass for Pelle straight into Varane rather than his team-mate. His colleagues don't look too pleased with him.
D. Rugani
D. De Rossi
Italy
Rugani replaces De Rossi to slot into the back three alongside Astori and Chiellini.
G. Donnarumma
G. Buffon
Italy
Buffon makes way at the break for Donnarumma.
R. Montolivo
A. Barzagli
Italy
Montolivo replaces Barzagli at the break.
D. Payet
A. Martial
France
Payet comes on for Les Bleus to replace Martial.
A. Gignac
O. Giroud
France
Gignac comes on to lead the line in place of Giroud.
We're back underway in this friendly clash.
The players are making their way back out on to the field, so we should be underway shortly.
The balance of play has been pretty even, while the defending has been poor at times from both sides. Ventura and Deschamps will not be overly pleased with what they have seen thus far, although Les Bleus' manager will be satisfied to be taking a lead into the break.
France take a 2-1 lead into the break in Bari thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Olivier Giroud. Graziano Pelle had brought the Azzurri back into the match four minutes after the Manchester United man opened the scoring, only for Giroud to restore his side's advantage with a good finish.
HALF-TIME: ITALY 1-2 FRANCE
The referee brings an end to the first half.
CHANCE! Candreva sends a cross to the back post and it falls kindly for Pelle, but he misses contact on his attempted volley with the goal at his mercy. A huge chance for the Azzurri to equalise before half-time is squandered by the forward.
There will be one minute of added time.
Italy come forward and Chiellini sends a long ball into the box for the run of Parolo. The midfielder wins the header against Kurzawa, but the ball falls for a blue shirt rather than a white one, allowing Les Bleus to clear the danger.
Sidibe and Pogba combine down the right flank, with the full-back sending a cross into the box. Martial heads the ball into the six-yard area, but Buffon reacts before Griezmann to gather for the home side.
Candreva whips a dangerous cross into the box from the right and De Rossi makes a good forward run to attempt latch onto it. However, Varane watches the ball all the way to make an important clearance ahead of the Azzurri midfielder.
Les Bleus have been put on the back foot in recent minutes, but Pogba attempts to turn the momentum with a strike from distance. However, his effort is blocked by a wall of white shirts on the edge of the penalty area.
WIDE! Italy work the ball over from the left to the right flank as De Sciglio raids into the final third. His low ball travels across the box to Candreva, who fires a right-footed strike towards the net, only to drag it wide of the post.
Candreva sends a ball into the inside right channel for the run of Eder. The forward takes the ball on his knee and attempts to burst past Varane, but the defender is too strong for him, barging him off the ball.
CHANCE! Eder tries his luck from 25 yards as space opens up for him to strike at goal, but his effort goes narrowly wide of the post.
PENALTY SHOUT! Italy plead with the referee for a spot-kick from a corner as De Rossi rises highest in the box and his header strikes Kurzawa. The midfielder is adamant that it struck the left-back's hand, but the official dismisses their claims.
The set-piece comes to nothing for the home side as Les Bleus defend their area well enough to hack the ball clear.
The Azzurri search for their second equalise and De Rossi lines up a strike from distance, but Matuidi makes the block to divert his shot wide for a corner.
L. Kurzawa
Assist
France
Kurzawa nods the ball into the path of Giroud, who does the rest with a good finish.
O. Giroud
Goal
France
GOAL!!! Giroud puts France back into the lead. Further poor defending from the Azzurri as they fail to clear their lines from a corner and the second ball back in his headed on by Kurzawa into the path of Giroud. The Arsenal man finishes well with a first-time volley into the bottom corner.
Candreva covers the flank well from the forward run of Kurzawa, sending the ball behind for a corner as the left-back attempted to latch on to Griezmann's pass.
France break with pace through the middle and Griezmann sends the ball out wide for Martial. He runs at Barzagli before sliding a pass into the feet of Matuidi, but Astori gets across to make an important block at the near post.
Two excellent defenders have made clumsy mistakes to leave the game evenly poised after 22 minutes. Both managers will not be pleased with how their sides are playing at the moment.
E. Martins
Assist
Italy
A persistent run allows Eder to raid to the flank and find his team-mate in the box to notch the equaliser.
G. Pellè
Goal
Italy
GOAL!!!! Italy hit back immediately through Pelle with a great finish. The striker collects Eder's cross into the box and turns Varane in the middle before dispatching a low effort past Mandanda. Not the Real Madrid defender's best moment.
Not the best start for the Azzurri under Ventura's tenure. The reliable Chiellini makes a poor error by his high standards, while the rest of the defence were asleep, leaving Martial to beat Buffon with a neat finish.
A. Martial
Goal
France
GOAL!!!!!! Martial hands France the lead with a composed finish from close range. The winger made a run in behind the Italy backline, latching on to a sublime pass from Pogba. Chiellini missed the interception, allowing Martial to slot the ball past Buffon into the bottom corner.
P. Pogba
Assist
France
Great vision from Pogba creates the goal as he finds his team-mate with a perfect through-ball to allow Martial to open the scoring.
The match has not come to life yet as the tempo has been slow to say the least. It needs an injection of quality from somewhere.
Chiellini gives the ball away in a dangerous position and Griezmann lines up a strike on the edge of the box. Astori makes the block, but the ball deflects into the path of Martial in the area, only for Barzagli to make the clearance ahead of the Manchester United man.
Griezmann makes a neat turn and plays the ball to feet for Giroud. The Arsenal man tries to send a swift return pass, but De Rossi nips in with an important interception to clear the danger away from the edge of the box.
Both teams are just struggling to find a rhythm in the early stages of this contest. Neither has looked particularly threatening, despite possessing decent territory at times.
Martial and Griezmann try to combine on the edge of the box, but a strong challenge from Parolo disrupts the play and the Azzurri bring the ball clear of their penalty area.
Candreva sends the ball into a threatening area of the box, but there is shoving between Chiellini, De Rossi and Koscielny, which sees the referee award a free-kick to Les Bleus.
Kurzawa gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right flank as Candreva gets the better of him to draw the foul.
A good passage of play from the home side is brought to an end by a poor pass from De Sciglio as he plays the ball straight to Varane rather than Eder, who attempted to pull clear of the France defender.
D. Sidibé
Yellow Card
France
Yellow card Djibril Sidibé
Martial surges forward and attempts to pick out the run of Giroud through the middle of the defence, but his pass has too much power and travels into the feet of Buffon.
Slow start to the contest as both teams are attempting to build a rhythm in their passing games before venturing forward.
We're underway in Bari.
A proud moment for Ventura as stands on the sideline singing the national anthem for the first time as Italy boss.
The players are making their way out on to the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
Raphael Varane makes a welcome return to the back four after missing the Euros due to injury, while elsewhere the players that featured prominently during the tournament start in their usual places for their country.
Didier Deschamps is without injured keeper Hugo Lloris, which sees Crystal Palace stopper Steve Mandanda start between the sticks. Djibril Sidibe and Layvin Kurzawa get the start in the full-back positions as Les Bleus appear to be heading away from Bacary Sagna and Patrice Evra, who were not named in the squad.
There's good news on the bench for Ventura as Marco Verratti continues his comeback from injury, and could feature this evening. Riccardo Montolivo is also an option on the bench after a spell on the sidelines.
Leonardo Bonucci is absent from Italy's line-up this evening for family reasons, allowing Davide Astori to start as part of the back three. Giacomo Bonaventura comes into the midfield along with the regulars that featured at the Euros, while Eder and Graziano Pelle continue to lead the line.
France subs: Areola, Costil, Corchia, Digne, Rami, Umtiti, Kondogbia, Sissoko, Payet, Dembele, Gignac, Gameiro.
France (4-3-3): Mandanda; Sidibe, Varane, Koscielny, Kurzawa; Pogba, Kante, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud, Martial.
Italy subs: Donnarumma, Marchetti, Antonelli, Ogbonna, Bernardeschi, Florenzi, Montolivo, Verratti, Belotti, Gabbiadini, Immobile, Pavoletti.
Italy (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Astori, Chiellini; Candreva, Bonaventura, Parolo, De Rossi, De Sciglio; Eder, Pelle.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
France will aim to put the disappointment of their defeat in the final of Euro 2016 behind them. Didier Deschamps' men came close to securing victory on home soil, only to be denied by Portugal and Eder in extra-time at the Stade de France.
Both teams return to action for the first time since Euro 2016, with the Azzurri poised to play their opening game under new manager Giampiero Ventura following Antonio Conte's exit to Chelsea.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the international friendly clash between Italy and France in Bari.
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