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Italy-Brazil: Gianluigi Buffon underlines significance of friendly

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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has underlined the significance of his side’s friendly with Brazil as it will help them to mature.

The Azzurri will take on the World Cup hosts in Geneva on Thursday, before facing Malta five days later.

Buffon has underlined how significant the tie will be as it will provide answers to certain questions about the strength of Italy.

The captain said: "We’ve faced Brazil on a few occasions in the last few years and we’ve done pretty poorly against them.

"Thursday’s match will be important, it will give us some important answers about the future, about our convictions.

"These are the kind of games that will help you to mature, no matter whether you do well or badly in them."

Italy haven’t beaten Brazil since Paolo Rossi scored a sensational hat-trick against them in the 1982 World Cup.

In the five meetings since then, there have been three Brazil wins and two draws and Buffon has played in the last two meetings, losing 2-0 and 3-0 during ties in 2009.

Source: Football Italia


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