Scottish Premiership

No fairytale start for Grim: Italy beats Netherlands 2-1

AMSTERDAM (AP) Italy beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a friendly Tuesday in caretaker Dutch coach Fred Grim's first and possibly only match in charge.

The Dutch went down playing positive attacking football, unlike the meek capitulation in Saturday's 2-0 World Cup qualifier defeat to Bulgaria that cost Grim's predecessor Danny Blind his job.

The Netherlands took the lead in the 10th minute when a shot by Quincy Promes deflected off two Italian defenders into the net, with Alessio Romagnoli getting the final touch that wrong-footed Gianluigi Donnarumma. The goalkeeper was making his first start for the Azzurri at age 18, keeping 39-year-old Gianluigi Buffon on the bench, just days after the veteran played his 1,000th professional match in Italy's 2-0 defeat of Albania.

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