The 12 Bianconeri players on international duty with their respective countries will now be able to focus all their attentions on Sunday’s Italian Super Cup final clash against Lazio following last night’s friendlies.
Our round-up begins with Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic, who helped his country battle back to earn a 1-1 draw with Belarus, finding the target on 62 minutes after Sergei Kornilenko had shot the hosts into a first-half lead in Minsk.
Elsewhere, Stephan Lichtsteiner played his part in Switzerland’s memorable 1-0 victory over Brazil in Basel. The full-back featured for over an hour as Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men brought an end to their visitors’ 11-match unbeaten run.
At Copenhagen’s Brondby Stadium, Mauricio Isla got a useful 90 minutes under his belt as Chile recorded a comfortable 6-0 success over Iraq. Isla’s Bianconeri team-mate, Arturo Vidal, departed the action on 69 minutes.
Fellow South American, Martin Caceres, also enjoyed a positive night, playing for 80 minutes in Uruguay’s pulsating 4-2 triumph over Japan in Miyagi.
Over in Ecuador, World and European champions Spain completed a straightforward 2-0 success against La Tri, with Fernando Llorente coming off the bench to feature for the entire second half.
The introduction of Kwadwo Asamoah shortly after the restart provided the spark for Ghana’s two-goal comeback against Turkey in Istanbul.
No such luck, however, for the Azzurri, who fell to a 2-1 defeat in the friendly match with Argentina to honour Pope Francis. Birthday boy Giorgio Chiellini was the only Juventus player to figure for the entire encounter, while Gigi Buffon and Claudio Marchisio each played little over 45 minutes.
Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci watched the action unfold from the sidelines, meaning they will be raring to go for their next appointment at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night.