Chelsea midfielder Jorginho struck a late penalty to ruin Lukasz Fabianski’s clean sheet.
West Ham goalkeeper Fabianski has conceded 10 goals in four games this season and hoped to keep a clean sheet on international duty.
But he had to settle for a draw as Italy and Poland produced a 1-1 draw.
Italy hosted Poland in the UEFA Nations League on Friday night in Bologna.
The two sides compete in Group 3 of League A, alongside Portugal, and this was the opening match.
It was Roberto Mancini’s first competitive game as Italy manager and it nearly ended in defeat.
Piotr Zielinski volleyed in a cross from Robert Lewandowski to put Poland ahead but they could not quite hang on.
With just over 10 minutes left on the clock, Federico Chiesa was fouled in the box and Italy were given a penalty.
Chelsea’s £57m man Jorginho confidently sent Fabianski the wrong way to level the match.
How did Fabianski play?
The 33-year-old, earning his 47th cap, was largely untroubled. He had little action to deal with and was forced into making just one save in the game.
Italy’s goal came from the penalty spot and there was little he could do about it.
Jorginho cleverly waited for Fabianski to dive to his left, before hitting it to the other side of the net.
What does this mean for West Ham?
Fabianski was 12 minutes away from keeping a clean sheet. This would have boosted his morale significantly.
The veteran stopper must be disheartened with the start to the season. Having played well in all four of West Ham’s games, he still is yet to pick up his first clean sheet of the year.
But the former Arsenal and Swansea City goalkeeper needs to be patient.
He just needs to continue his fine form between the sticks and only conceding a penalty away against Italy is a positive.
Fabianski will also come up against Jorginho later this month when Chelsea travel to East London.
Jorginho has already netted a penalty for Chelsea this season. He will fancy his chances of beating Fabianski again if there is a spot-kick at The London Stadium – especially if Eden Hazard is not on the pitch.