Federico Viviani could not stop Italy's under-21 side losing their opening game at the European Championships, with John Guidetti inspiring a 2-1 Sweden win.
The clash between two teams in England's group was played at 5pm yesterday, and was tightly contested, with Sweden managing a victory despite having only 34 per cent of possession.
Central midfielder Viviani played a role in his side's territorial dominance, managing exactly 100 touches, more than any other player on the pitch.
He signed instead with Italian Serie B side Latina, preferring to stay in his homeland, and last week was reported by Gazzetta dello Sport to be near to a permanent transfer to Palermo.
Against Sweden he completed 88 per cent of his passes, and created two goalscoring opportunities. The two shots he attempted however did not test the goalkeeper, landing off target.
He attempted 20 long balls, completing 17, but the defensive side of his game was less spectacular than his range of passing.
Viviani made three tackles, all resulting in fouls, and managed only one interception. He was booked for his efforts, and his performance graded a 5.5 out of 10 by Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.