Haiti leave Italians red-faced

Haiti leave Italians red-faced

Italy were embarrassed by Haiti on Tuesday as the unheralded Caribbean side scored two goals in the last five minutes to secure a 2-2 draw in a friendly despite falling behind after 19 seconds.

Haiti’s players, who gave Spain a few frights before losing 2-1 to the World Champions at the weekend, celebrated deliriously on the pitch after shocking their illustrious opponents.

Italy, playing only 36 hours after arriving in Brazil for the Confederations Cup, went ahead through Emanuele Giaccherini before Haiti had even touched the ball and, after their opponents had wasted several chances to equalise, added a second through Claudio Marchisio in the 72nd minute.

They seemed to have survived everything Haiti could throw at them until Davide Astori fouled Jean-Eudes Maurice in the penalty area and Olrish Saurel converted the penalty with five minutes to go.

Italy looked dazed when a long ball forward found Jean Philippe Peguero and he poked it past  ’keeper Salvatore Sirigiu.

In New York, Spain struck twice in the second half to overcome Ireland 2-0.