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12 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Italy draw as Genoa bridge victims remembered

AFP
Italy draw as Genoa bridge victims remembered
Ukraine’s midfielder Taras Stepanenko (R) tackles Italy’s midfielder Jorginho during the friendly match at the Luigi-Ferraris stadium in Genoa on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO

AFP, GENOA:  Ruslan Malinovskiy cancelled out Federico Bernardeschi’s second half strike as Italy were held 1-1 by Ukraine in an international friendly in Genoa on Wednesday during which the victims of the bridge collapse in the city were remembered.

Bernardeschi’s low strike beat Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov after 55 minutes, but seven minutes later Malinovskiy volleyed in for the visitors.

Mancini, 53, was the most capped player in Sampdoria’s history and also the Genoa club’s top scorer winning a Serie A, four Italian Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup with the club.

Play was halted at the 43rd minute to remember the 43 people who died in last August’s bridge disaster, with the words “Genova nel cuore” (Genoa in the heart) flashing up on the stadium’s big screens with players and supporters carrying out a minute’s applause for the victims.

With 12,000 fans in attendance, around 105,000 euros was raised for the disaster fund. For Mancini it was “a strong moment of emotion” having lived years in Genoa and crossed the bridge many times.

Mancini took over four-time world champions Italy after their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, but has just one win in six games since May, against Saudi Arabia.

For Italy the game was a warm-up ahead of the weekend’s Nations League game against Poland, with the Ukraine playing the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Paris St Germain midfielder Marco Veratti returned after a long lay-off with Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, 21, making his senior Italy debut. Pyatov has made a number of fine saves, clearing a low Bernardeschi curling shot after five minutes and a Leonardo Bonucci volley.

There was a double chance just before half-time, as Lorenzo Insigne’s effort was beaten away by Pyatov and a Barella volley deflected over.

In the Nations League, Italy play Poland in Chorzow, after drawing 1-1 against the Poles in Bologna and losing 1-0 to European champions Portugal.

The Ukraine play the Czech Republic at home in Kharkiv on Tuesday.

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