Belotti nets twice as Italy hit Liecht­en­stein

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

VADUZ/ An­drea Belotti scored twice as Italy made light work of Liecht­en­stein in their World Cup qual­i­fier on Satur­day, scor­ing four first-half goals on the way to a 4-0 win.

Ciro Im­mo­bile and An­to­nio Can­dreva were also on tar­get as Italy stayed level with Spain at the top of Euro­pean Group G. Both teams have 10 points from four games al­though Spain lead on goal dif­fer­ence.

Italy were quick off the mark when Alessio Ro­mag­noli headed down a cor­ner and Belotti turned the ball in from close range in the 11th minute.

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.

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.

Italy con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate in the sec­ond half but the fi­nal pass re­peat­edly let them down to the clear frus­tra­tion of coach Gi­ampiero Ven­tura on the touch­line. Liecht­en­stein stayed bot­tom of the group af­ter their fourth straight de­feat.


Italy’s An­drea Belotti re­acts af­ter scor­ing.

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