They had to do it the hard way, falling behind to Keisuke Honda’s penalty before Shinji Kagawa made it two.
A goal before half time from Daniele de Rossi, an own goal early in the second period and a Mario Balotelli penalty put them ahead. Shinji Okazaki equalised for Japan but Sebastien Giovinco won it late on for the Azzurri.
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Liverpool have unveiled their new home kit for next season, sticking with the hugely popular retro styling of the current shirt.
The reputation of the Premier League means it is the most popular and one of the most watched leagues in the world.