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Italy reacted by bringing on Roma forward Fabio Borini for his international debut and Inter’s Giampaolo Pazzini. The U.S. also introduced a debutante as Terrence Boyd made his first appearance despite not yet having played a first-team club match for Borussia Dortmund.
Borini almost scored for Italy with his first touch for his country but Howard stopped the youngster’s stinging effort from the edge of the area.
Italy upped the pressure on the U.S. goal as the half went on, but never really looked like scoring until Pazzini set up Montolivo for a good chance in stoppage time.
It is Italy’s second defeat in a row, following November’s 1-0 loss to Uruguay in Rome.
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