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Bosnia end Italy's 11-match winning run with 1-1 draw

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Bosnia ended Italy’s run of 11 successive wins when they held Roberto Mancini’s side to a 1-1 draw in their Nations League match on Friday.

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After both teams hit the woodwork early in the second half, Edin Dzeko put the visitors in front when he fired into the roof of the net with a shot on the turn from a corner in the 57th minute in their League A Group One match.

Stefano Sensi equalised 10 minutes later with a deflected shot after Lorenzo Insigne pulled the ball back.

Italy, playing their first match since beating Armenia 9-1 last November, won all 10 of their qualifying matches for Euro 2020 as well as a friendly against the United States for the longest winning run in their history.

The gap of 291 days between fixtures was Italy’s longest since 1945-46.

Italy had dominated the first half against defensive opponents but failed to make much headway.

Armin Hodzic hit the post from a narrow angle for Bosnia after the break and Insigne almost immediately headed against the woodwork for Italy.

“We’re disappointed, we tried until the end to score,” said Mancini.

“There was a bit of tiredness but the boys did well. We just lacked a bit of inspiration,

“The important thing is that the team played well, the draw doesn’t change anything in the judgement of the performance.”

Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Ian Chadband

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