An experimental Italy side earned a 1-0 home friendly success against Albania in Genoa, thanks to Hamdi Salihi's own goal eight minutes from time. Salihi deflected substitute Stefano Okaka's header past the visitors goalkeeper Etrit Berisha to seal a narrow win for the hosts.
Antonio Conte decided to rest all the players who featured for Italy against Croatia on Sunday, while Gianni De Biasi remained faithful to the lineup which drew against France. The Azzuri, featuring two debutants from the start - Andrea Bertolacci and 33-year-old Emiliano Moretti - scored the opener after 82 minutes as Salihi sent the ball into his own net under pressure from the UC Sampdoria forward. Okaka, who replaced Sebastian Giovinco midway through the second half, won his first senior cap.
"We have won five in six outings since I became coach, so I can't complain," said Conte after the game. "You have to be patient and let us work, but let's remember we won five times in six games."
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