Italy maintained its 100 percent record in Euro 2020 qualification with a 0-5 thumping of Liechtenstein.
The game was somewhat of a formality for the Azzurri as their spot in the next summers tournament was already secured.
Against part-time opposition like Liechtenstein, a high score was always on the cards.
It was an amazing start for the hosts, as after only 40 seconds Salvatore Sirigu had to use his legs to parry a Dennis Salanovic angled drive.
Gianluca Mancini put it out for a Liechtenstein corner in the first minute.
This, however, led to the opening goal, as the Italians counter-attacked.
A cut back cross from the left from Cristiano Biraghi found Federico Bernardeschi. He made no mistake in smashing the ball into the net.
Two minutes on the clock, Liechtenstein 0 – 1 Italy
corner. However, Italy countered from that set play and scored with Cristiano Biraghi pulling back from the left for Federico Bernardeschi to blast into the roof of the net from 12 yards. It was only 110 seconds in.
The nosts then had another chance, with Sirigu making yet another save.
Before Bernardeschi didn’t do so well with his second chance of the night, miss hitting his volley.
The efforts came thick and fast for Roberto Mancini’s side.
Zaniolo fired straight at the goalkeeper.
Verratti had a penalty appeal waved off by the referee.
Andrea Belotti’s half-volley was charged down by Jens Hofer.
Bernardeschi thumped a free-kick attempt into the goalkeeper’s arms.
In all fairness to the far inferior opposition, they did try to create opportunities and had some success.
Sirigu fingertipped a shot from distance from Salanovic around the post.
Liechtenstein held on.
Halftime: Liechtenstein 0 – 1 Italy.
As the second half got underway, it was very much as we were. Intense pressure from the visiting Italians.
Belotti had his own penalty shout ignored by the official.
He also hit the side netting and put the third attempt well wide of the upright.
Then Zaniolo had his effort charged down at the back post by Yildiz.
Italy did not get the next breakthrough, until the 70th minute. Belotti finally got himself a well-deserved goal.
70 minutes gone, Liechtenstein 0 – 2 Italy
Only seven minutes later, Romagnoli was unmarked at the back post, to make it 3.
77 minute sonthe clock, Liechtenstein 0 – 3 Italy.
Fives minutes later El Shaarawy who was making his first Azzurri appearance since his move to Chinese football got in on the action too.
He latched onto a cutting ball from Cristante that sprung the offside trap and left him free to make it 4.
82 minutes gone, Liechtenstein 0 – 4 Italy.
There was still time for another goal.
The last one came in the second minute of stoppage time.
Belotti bagged himself a brace, with another header, when he got on the end of Di Lorenzo’s cross.
Final score: Liechtenstein 0-5 Italy
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