Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Belgium and Italy at the Grand Stade in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle sparked wild Italian celebrations after scoring the goals in a 2-0 win over world number two side Belgium in their opening Euro 2016 match Monday.Italy coach Antonio Conte said the team's first round failure at the 2014 World Cup should inspire the Azzurri to success at the European Championship.A star-studded Belgian attack containing Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku were frustrated throughout by Italy's 'BBC' defense of Andre Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.At the other end, the Belgians were exposed when Bonucci's long floated pass found Giaccherini in behind the Belgium defense to stroke his shot past the exposed Thibaut Courtois.Italy continued to pose a threat on the counter-attack and sealed a massive three points when Pelle volleyed into an unguarded goal from Candreva's unselfish cross.However, having been kept quiet for long spells by the Irish defense, Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic created the equalizer in the 71st minute when his cutback was turned into his own net by Aston Villa defender Clark.
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