Italy manager Giampiero Ventura lost his first game in charge of the Azzurri as they lost 1-3 at home to Euro 2016 finalist, France.
Ventura gave starts to China based Graziano Pelle and Fiorentina’s Davide Astori as Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci was missing due to family engagements while France manager Didier Deschamps trusted Manchester United forward Anthony Martial to lead his attack alongside Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
The former Monaco forward repaid the faith of his manager when he gave the Les Bleus a first half lead with a simple finish after a mistake from experienced defender Andrea Barzagli gave him an easy path to goal.
The celebrations was short lived as the home side equalized with a super goal from former Southampton forward Graziano Pelle who received a pass from Eder and turned Raphael Varane before firing beyond Steve Mandanda to make it 1-1.
However, Italy could not cope with the efficiency of France as the Les Bleus scored two more goals in the second half.
Giroud who has been on a fine scoring run for France scored the second goal from a corner after the home side failed to clear and new Paris Saint German star Layvin Kurzawa struck late to make it 3-1 but the Stadio San Nicola witnessed a bit of history when AC Milan’s 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma replaced Italy’s most-capped player, Gianluigi Buffon to became the youngest goalkeeper to represent the national team.