World Cup draw rehearsal scares Italy

The practice ahead of Friday's 2014 World Cup draw frowned upon Italy who found themselves facing a Group of Death.

It may not count for anything, but the rehearsal for Friday's 2014 World Cup draw has shaken the Italian media after it handed the Azzurri a nightmare group.

The 2006 World Cup winning nation seems to have rebuilt a squad under Cesare Prandelli that could challenge for football's ultimate prize.

But a good draw can be vital and there are some outcomes that would pile the pressure on the Italians, such as the one presented in the rehearsal.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport reports, Italy were grouped with hosts Brazil, France and Australia, a pairing everyone in the peninsula will be hoping doesn't materialise tomorrow.

Italy qualified for the World Cup by topping European Qualification Group B which contained Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta.

The Azzurri remained unbeaten throughout the qualification process and their ticket to Brazil never really looked in any doubt.

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli was the top scorer in the group with five goals while Southampton's Pablo Daniel Osvaldo netted four.

The rehearsal draw in full:

GROUP A - Brazil, Italy, France, Australia

GROUP B - Uruguay, Nigeria, USA, Croatia

GROUP C - Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica, Russia

GROUP D - Switzerland, Chile, Japan, Greece

GROUP E - Spain, Ivory Coast, South Korea, England

GROUP F - Colombia, Cameroon, Honduras, Holland

GROUP G - Germany, Ecuador, Iran, Portugal

GROUP H - Belgium, Algeria, Mexico, Bosnia

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