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PERUGIA, Italy – Italy was held to a 1-1 draw by Luxembourg on Wednesday in its final World Cup warm-up match before leaving for Brazil, with forward Mario Balotelli looking in impressive form.
Claudio Marchisio headed Italy in front in the ninth minute after a splendid assist from Balotelli but Maxime Chanot levelled five minutes from time.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli had said Balotelli would amaze with his improved form and the AC Milan forward was involved in most of the Azzurri's best moves.
He went close to scoring on several occasions as Italy dominated.
Italy departs on Thursday and will play club side Fluminense on June 8, six days before kicking off its World Cup campaign against England in Manaus.
Prandelli's side also faces Costa Rica and Uruguay in Group D.