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World Champions lose first match as Champions

Article Published: Thursday 17 August 2006

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World champions Italy who played without any of the players involved in the World cup in Germany were brought quickly down to earth when they lost 2-0 at home to Croatia in a friendly.

It was their first game under new coach Roberto Donadoni the Italian reserves saw the end of Italy's 25-game unbeaten run come to an end as first half goals for Eduardo da Silva and Luka Modric.

Croatia had a new coach too in Slaven Bilic who made an impressive start.

Elsewhere in Europe they were some big results in the Euro 2008 warm-up friendlies. Germany, Netherlands and England all claimed big wins.

Germany beat Sweden 3-0, England swept aside European champions Greece 4-0 while the Dutch were impressive 4-0 winners in Ireland while France snatched a late 2-1 win in Bosnia.


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