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 By PA Sport

Scotland learnt hard lesson from Italy defeat - Darren Fletcher

Italy missed several chances, but Graziano Pelle made the most of a second-half opportunity in a win over Scotland in Malta.

Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher admits they learnt harsh lessons in their friendly defeat by Italy.

Scotland only mustered one shot at goal -- Matt Ritchie's shot fizzed wide in the 78th minute -- during their 1-0 loss in Malta, where they begin their World Cup qualifying campaign in September.

"There were a lot of lessons to be learned," Fletcher said. "The pitch was very difficult and we didn't keep the ball well at times, and we are disappointed about that. But the attitude was good and the...

Gordon Strachan admits Scotland not good enough against Italy

Italy missed several chances, but Graziano Pelle made the most of a second-half opportunity in a win over Scotland in Malta.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan admitted his side were "badly off the pace'' with their passing in a one-sided 1-0 defeat by Italy.

Strachan felt the Malta friendly was a harsh lesson both for his players and Scottish football as a whole as Italy outclassed his team.

Graziano Pelle curled home the only goal from 20 yards but Scotland would have been on the end of a heavier defeat if Emanuele Giaccherini had shown more composure when presented with several clear chances in the first half.

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Italy deny Scotland thanks to Graziano Pelle goal

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Italy missed several chances, but Graziano Pelle made the most of a second-half opportunity in a win over Scotland in Malta.

Scotland failed to register a shot on target as they fell to a 1-0 friendly defeat against Italy in Malta.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle notched the only goal early in the second half but Scotland would have been on the end of a heavier defeat if Emmanuele Giaccherini had shown more composure when presented with several clear chances.

Scotland took almost 78 minutes to produce their one and only effort at goal - Matt Ritchie shooting wide from 18 yards.

Italy had not won in four matches but...