Australia midfielder James Troisi has taken his first steps in Serie A, coming off the bench in Atalanta's 1-0 home loss to Lazio.
Troisi entered the match in the 67th minute in Bergamo with Hernanes' 17th-minute goal proving the difference.
The 24-year-old Troisi, who has played eight times for the Socceroos, is on loan from Serie A champion Juventus after his off-season move from Turkey.
Atalanta finished 12th in the 2011-2012 Serie A season and the South Australian will be banking on more game time to bolster his chances for more action in the national team.
The Socceroos will play Lebanon on 6 September in a warm-up match in Beirut before a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Jordan on 11 September.
Sampdoria completed a double over Serie A champion Juventus with a 3-2 win at a rainswept Stadio Luigi Ferraris - to end the season in 14th place.