FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Italy eke out narrow victory over Israel, crictics lambast 'slow and dull' Azzuri
The relief was palpable on Wednesday after Ciro Immobile kept Italy's World Cup campaign on track despite an unconvincing 1-0 qualifying win by the four-time champions over Israel.
Italy were outclassed by Spain in a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Madrid which leaves the four-time champions facing a precarious play-off in November to reach Russia.
The India U-17 World Cup Squad stunned their fancied Italian counterparts 2-0 in Arizo, Italy, on Friday.
'This is not farewell, I will see you again': Antonio Conte opens door to Italy return after Euro 2016 exit
An emotional Antonio Conte admitted Italy's exit to Germany at the quarter-final stages of Euro 2016 had left him facing his "most difficult" day, opening the door to a return as coach of the Azzurri one day.
Former Italy and AC Milan head-coach and defender Cesare Maldini has passed away, aged 84