Italy 2-1 Saudi Arabia

MarioBalotelli-cropped

MarioBalotelli-cropped

Saudi Arabia has qualified for the tournament in Russian Federation.

But he may have to wait until the second friendly against France on June 1 to make his return.

"It was the kind of test that we needed", Pizzi said.

The Saudis play two more warm-up games, against Peru on June 3 and Germany on June 8 before kicking off their World Cup campaign.

The striker made his return to the national side for the first time in almost four years on Monday night.

Italy vs Saudi Arabia is being broadcast online to United Kingdom viewers.

Salem Al-Dawsari won possession on the halfway line, freed Yehya Al-Shehri who skipped past the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Another defensive mix-up by Italy nearly let in Fahad Al-Muwallad to equalize but his shot was saved by Donnarumma.

"We all know what a footballer (Balotelli) he is", Belotti said. "We took time to get going".

"This performance is the result of the hard work and training we have been doing in training camps and the experience of facing Italy will be good for the players", Hawsawi said.

"I've felt it a bit, not laughing at Coverciano with Gigi and Daniele, but I learned a lot from the great champions of the recent past and I hope I can pass on the values I got from them".

Italy beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in an worldwide friendly, with the returning Mario Balotelli getting on the score-sheet. "It was my first match and it was important to win it".

"The first half went well, as we had 16 shots on goal and 11 corners, but then as fatigue emerged later on, we lost intensity", he added. They are also preparing for a World Cup.

After Conte guided the team to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation under Ventura's tenure.

"Balotelli can do better, much better, but I thought he did pretty well in the first half".

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