Italia 2-1 Italy: Batistuta v Italy – live blog article It’s the final of the UEFA Champions League and Italy’s goal was a consolation goal, but Italy have another one to look forward to as they play France on Sunday.
Italy’s win over France was their first away win in seven matches.
Italian striker Gianluigi Buffon was on target with a stunning strike.
The 26-year-old has scored a league-high 12 goals in his last four appearances.
Italy were unbeaten in their opening 10 matches but have lost five of their past six.
France coach Didier Deschamps said his side had lost too many key players for the match.
“It’s the last game of the Champions League, I’m sad, but you can see in the first half it was the same as in all our other games,” he said.
French midfielder Mathieu Debuchy was the other casualty as he was forced off early in the second half.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was Italy’s most dangerous attacking player, with the midfielder’s shot deflected in off the post and into the net.
Despite the loss, the Bianconeri have a big game at home to Germany on Wednesday.
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