Football: Italy add to Dutch misery with 2-1 win in Amsterdam

Italy's Ciro Immobile celebrates scoring a goal against the Netherlands during an international friendly match on March 28, 2017.
Italy's Ciro Immobile celebrates scoring a goal against the Netherlands during an international friendly match on March 28, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Italy recovered from an early own goal to beat the Netherlands 2-1 away in a friendly on Tuesday and cap a miserable few days for the hosts who sacked manager Danny Blind at the weekend.

Under caretaker coach Fred Grim, the Netherlands began in fiery fashion on Tuesday, and a quick set of passes between Davy Klaassen and Quincy Promes inside the Italy area saw the ball come off Alessio Romagnoli's foot into the net to put the hosts ahead after 10 minutes. But Eder equalised within 60 seconds.

Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci swept home a loose ball from a corner in the 32nd minute for the winner at the Amsterdam Arena.

Defeat for the Dutch came after a tumultuous period in which their World Cup qualification hopes were handed a severe blow by a 2-0 loss in Bulgaria on Saturday after which Blind was fired.