Honours even at the Cottage

Shola Ameobi scored a superb volley. Credit: PA

Italy and Nigeria shared the honours in a lively friendly at Craven Cottage on Monday night.

Giuseppe Rossi put Italy ahead early on but Nigeria hit back with two goals in five minutes before half-time, Bright Dike levelling before Newcastle's Shola Ameobi put the African Nations Cup champions ahead.

However, Sunderland forward Emanuele Giaccherini equalised for Italy in the 47th minute as the clash finished 2-2.

Mario Balotelli was back in the UK. Credit: PA

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