|Attempts on target||4||0|
|Attempts off target||0||0|
|3||Montenegro||Republic of Ireland|
|10||Wales||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|10||Malta||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|3||Republic of Ireland||Bulgaria|
Italy maintained their stranglehold on UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 with a polished 5-0 win against Azerbaijan in Fermo sending them four points clear of nearest rivals Croatia.
Pierluigi Casiraghi's team had to wait 42 minutes to make the breakthough but after that there was no looking back. Robert Acquafresca's cross from the left was deflected in to his own net by Rahid Amirguliyev before the striker, who also hit the crossbar, scored the second just prior to the interval as he made no mistake from close range after a defence-splitting pass from Sebastian Giovinco.
Striker Alessio Cerci marked his Azzurini debut by scoring the third goal 13 minutes from time after another brilliant pass by Giovinco and second-half substitute Andrea Russotto made it four with five minutes remaining after Salahat Aghayev had parried a shot by Pablo Daniel Osvaldo. In added time midfielder Daniele Dessena put the finishing touch to the win with a right-foot volley from a cross by Paolo De Ceglie. Italy, who now have 16 points from six games, travel to the Faroe Islands on Tuesday for their next qualifier while bottom side Azerbaijan host Croatia.
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|Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)||Shakir Karibov (AZE)|
|Leontios Trattou (CYP)|
|Andreas Papapanayiotou (CYP), Stefanos Hadjinikolas (CYP)|
|Panicos Andronicou (CYP)|