• News

Fabio Quagliarella becomes Italy’s oldest goalscorer in 6-0 win

Getty Images

Fabio Quagliarella broke the record books on Tuesday night as Italy thrashed Liechtenstein 6-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

Roberto Mancini’s side made it two wins from two, with Stefano Sensi firing them into a 17th-minute lead by heading in Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross.

Marco Verratti later doubled Italy’s lead for his first international goal in over six years upon hitting from 12 yards out into the net.

Then Quagliarella stepped up to score a 35th-minute penalty in Parma to give Italy a 3-0 lead and, in the process, become the nation’s oldest scorer at 36 years and 54 days old.

Opta Paolo stats the previous record holder of Italy’s oldest scorer was Christian Panucci, who found the net in Euro 2008 against Romania aged 35.

It also turned out to be the Sampdoria forward’s first competitive start for Italy since October 2009 in a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.

But Quagliarella wasn’t done yet, as Nicolas Hasler’s handball in the area awarded the Serie A’s top-scorer another penalty.

And the forward made no mistakes as he put the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net to set Italy 4-0 up. Liechtenstein’s Daniel Kaufmann was then dismissed heading into halftime.

Following Alessio Romagnoli’s near-miss in the second half, Juventus star Moise Kean headed in his second successive goal for Italy to put them in a commanding lead.

Substitute Leonardo Pavoletti later rounded off the game by capitalising on a rebound from his headed effort.

Therefore, Mancini’s side are top of Group J with six points from their opening two games. Aside from that, the Azzurri are also on a six-match unbeaten run.

Now Italy will have to wait until June 8 before they can resume their Euro 2020 qualification campaign, where a trip to Greece will be awaiting them.

PARMA, ITALY – MARCH 26: Fabio Quagliarella of Italy scores a penalty of 4-0 during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group J qualifying match between Italy and Liechtenstein at Ennio Tardini on March 26, 2019 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)