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Man Utd stars combine, Arsenal striker scores as France beat Italy

Anthony Martial was on the scoresheet for the first time at senior international level as France defeated Italy 3-1 in a friendly in Bari.

Didier Deschamps' Les Bleus opened the scoring in the 17th minute through the Manchester United youngster who combined with Red Devils teammate Paul Pogba.

Former Southampton striker Graziano Pelle equalised for the Azzurri four minutes later before Arsenal's Olivier Giroud made it 2-1 on 28 minutes.

France wrapped up proceedings nine minutes from time when Italy's teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was making his international debut when replacing Gigi Buffon at half-time, made a fatal error.

The 17-year-old came off his line to anticipate a Layvin Kurzawa cross which actually found it's way into the top corner.

But Donnarumma has impressed earlier with a couple of smart saves as the French responded well to their defeat in the final of Euro2016 with a well-deserved win over Italy.

France next meet Belarus in their opening Group A 2018 World Cup qualifier in Barysaw on Tuesday while Giampiero Ventura will prepare Italy to meet Israel in Haifa in Group G on Monday.

Andrew Slevison
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