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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Italy Loses to France

Italy made an unimpressive start to its preparations for the World Cup finals when it was surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home by France in a friendly international.

Monaco's Yuri Djorkaeff scored the only goal Wednesday on the stroke of half-time to give the French its first victory on Italian soil in 82 years.

Djorkaeff, 25, chipped the ball over an advancing Gianluca Pagliuca after teammate David Ginola had sliced open the Italian defense with a perceptive through pass.