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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 June, 2003, 22:36 GMT 23:36 UK
Italy v Northern Ireland photos
Italy's Massimo Oddo (left) jumps for a header with Northern Ireland's Danny Griffin
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The match starts at a frenetic pace in Italy but there are few clear chances for both sides in the opening 20 minutes
Italy's Nicola Legrottaglie and Northern Ireland's Andrew Smith jump for a header
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Northern Ireland boss Sammy McIlroy uses the friendly to blood his young squad, while Italy rest their key players
Debutant Andrew Smith sees his shot rebound off the woodwork
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Andrew Smith reaches for the heavens after he sees his header, Northern Ireland's first real chance, rebound off the crossbar
Northern Ireland's David Healy jumps over Italy's Fabio Grosso
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But Italy begin to dominate the game as the first half progresses and Northen Ireland work hard to try and dent the defence
Northern Ireland's Tommy Doherty reacts after he failed to score during the friendly soccer match against Italy
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Tommy Doherty, one of the Sammy McIlroy's new men, fails to upset Italy's goalkeeper Toldo as home side win 2-0

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