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Turkey 2-3 Italy: Azzurri bounce back from World Cup heartbreak

Giacamo Raspadori scored twice as Italy bounced back from their World Cup qualifying disappointment with a 3-2 victory over Turkey.

In the battle of two beaten playoff semi-finalists in Konya, the Sassuolo forward struck in each half for Roberto Mancini’s side.

Cengiz Under had given the hosts an early lead cancelled by Bryan Cristante’s header.

While Serdar Dursun netted a late consolation for Stefan Kuntz’s men.

Italy maintained their unbeaten record against Turkey, having avoided defeat in all 13 meetings.

Although lacking the firepower of Burak Yilmaz, who immediately announced his international retirement after the defeat to Portugal, Turkey took the lead after just four minutes.

Marseille winger Under – on loan from Serie A side Roma – drifted away from Giorgio Chiellini before his shot squeezed under the dive of Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Italy responded in the 35th minute as Cristiano Biraghi’s free-kick was powered home by the head of Cristante.

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Turkey 2-3 Italy: Azzurri bounce back from World Cup heartbreak

And the Azzurri completed the turnaround just three minutes later when Sandro Tonali fed Raspadori, who drilled past Altay Bayindir.

The Sassuolo striker grabbed his second, neatly slotting home after Biraghi cushioned a looping cross into his stride.

Dursun halved the deficit when he scrambled home from a corner seven minutes from time.

What does it mean? A good response from Italy

Fresh from failing to qualify for a second successive World Cup, Mancini must have feared the worst when Italy fell behind early on.

However, they responded well and survived a late scare to register only a third win over 90 minutes in their last 11 matches.

What’s next?

Both sides will turn their attention to the Nations League on June 4.

When Italy hosts Germany and Turkey welcomes the Faroe Islands.

The reigning European champions take on Copa America winners Argentina at Wembley three days earlier.

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Turkey 2-3 Italy: Azzurri bounce back from World Cup heartbreak

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