Italy stayed in contention as Ziani dived over at the foot of the posts and Allan converted to reduce the arrears to 11 points.
Fabien Galthie’s side lead the table with nine points, ahead of Ireland on points difference with the two sides, who meet in the final super Saturday, the only two still with a shot at a grand slam. Coach Zoff, the 112-times capped former Italy keeper, resigned and said: "I know my reputation will not come out of this unscathed." Head coach Franco Smith spoke pre-championship of the need to manage field position and, with Storm Ciara blowing in with a vengeance, this is a sensible time to add a dose of pragmatism to proceedings.
Could Roger Lemerre’s France express themselves against such stern opponents?
They were clapping hands and high-fiving. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. The game was still France’s to lose, however, and Serin, who had just replaced the brilliant Dupont at scrumhalf, beat two Italy defenders to the ball to score his team’s fifth try with five minutes left. Les Bleus, who stunned England in their opening game last Sunday, prevailed with a bonus point victory in Paris, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. UEFA EURO 2020 - Classics: France vs Italy 2000 - News, Italy's semi-final triumph on penalties against Netherlands, Marco Delvecchio after putting Italy in front, Dino Zoff gives instructions in Rotterdam. Francesco Toldo: Given his chance when Gianluigi Buffon injured his hand before the finals, the 1.96m-tall Fiorentina keeper was brilliant throughout, notably saving two penalties in the semi-final shoot-out against the Netherlands as well as one in normal time (when the Oranje also skied another spot kick). Italy’s last victory in the fixture was in 2013 in Rome (23-18), one of just two wins by them over France in 20 Six Nations meetings.
Di Maio caused a diplomatic row with France in early 2019 after travelling to Paris to meet leaders of the “yellow vest’ movement. France go top of the Six Nations standings with two wins from two, Five-try France move top of standings with win over Italy, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. France won the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil but were still seeking vindication at the finals in Belgium and the Netherlands.
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