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Premier League pair give Italy victory

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Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle scored as Italy began their Euro 2016 campaign with victory over much-fancied Belgium in Lyon.

Sunderland’s Giaccherini slotted home in the first half after collecting Leonardo Bonucci’s superb long pass.

Southampton’s Pelle sealed the win in injury time with an emphatic volley following an incisive break.

Belgium were very disappointing, with Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi wasteful in front of goal.

Everton forward Lukaku curled over from the edge of the box with just the keeper to beat while Liverpool’s Origi missed two opportunities to head his side level.

A triumph of team over individuals

Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates with the bench

Before the tournament began some pundits condemned this Italy squad