Post subject: Liechtenstein 0-4 Italy
14. Nov 2016, 00:29
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|Italy didn't even break a sweat as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein in their World Cup 2018 qualifier at the Rheinpark Stadion.
The Italians wasted no time in opening the scoring and were 2-0 up in under 12 minutes, with goals courtesy of Andrea Belotti and Circo Immobile.
Putting their hosts under immediate pressure the Azzurri harried Liechtenstein and Alessio Romagnoli headed down a corner for Belotti to tuck away in the back of the net from close range.
Belotti turned supplier one minute later when he headed a long pass forward into the path of Immobile who ran on and thumped his shot past Peter Jehle to give the Italians a dominant two goal cushion with the game still in its infancy.
Italy, playing with a new 4-4-2 formation, sliced their way through the home defence and Candreva turned in the third in the 32nd minute after Mattia De Sciglio pulled the ball back from the byline.
Belotti had a backheeled goal disallowed but was not to be denied and added Italy's fourth one minute before halftime when he ran onto Giacomo Bonaventura's chipped pass over the back and scored from a narrow angle.
With the game beyond all doubt Italy played out the second 45 in dominate fashion, but failed to inflict further misery upon the European minnows.
The final pass repeatedly let the Azzurri down to the clear frustration of coach Giampiero Ventura on the touchline.
The victory means Italy stay level with Spain at the top of European Group G. Both teams have 10 points from four games although Spain lead on goal difference.
Liechtenstein in stark contrast remain bottom of the group after their fourth straight defeat.