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Impressive Italy turn on style

Published: Friday 16 November 2007, 19.00CET
Italy 5-0 Azerbaijan Italy maintained their stranglehold on Group 1 in Fermo as victory moved them four points clear of nearest rivals Croatia.
Published: Friday 16 November 2007, 19.00CET

Impressive Italy turn on style

Italy 5-0 Azerbaijan Italy maintained their stranglehold on Group 1 in Fermo as victory moved them four points clear of nearest rivals Croatia.

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.

Acquafresca influence
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.

Debut goal
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.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.10CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
1
AgayevKamran Agayev (GK) (C)
2
MottaMarco Motta (C)
2
HasanovSabuhi Hasanov
Yellow Card10
3
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
4
AmirguliyevRahid Amirguliyev
Goal41
4
CigariniLuca Cigarini
5
NarimanovTural Narimanov
5
MarzorattiLino Marzoratti
6
NovruzovTagim Novruzov
Substitution66
6
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
8
KaramliElgiz Karamli
Substitution73
7
DessenaDaniele Dessena
Yellow Card80
Goal90+2
13
Hashim-ZadeFarid Hashim-Zade
Yellow Card24
8
PaonessaGabriele Paonessa
Substitution67
14
YusifovNamig Yusifov
9
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca
Yellow Card9
Goal45+2
Substitution60
15
AbışovRuslan Abışov
Yellow Card66
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
17
NadirovVüqar Nadirov
11
CerciAlessio Cerci
Goal77
Substitution77
20
JavadovVagif Javadov
Substitution83

Substitutes

12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
12
O. UmarovOsman Umarov (GK)
13
SantacroceFabiano Santacroce
7
AbdullayevElnur Abdullayev
14
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
9
MammadovElvin Mammadov
Substitution66
15
MorosiniPiermario Morosini
Substitution67
10
MammadovAsif Mammadov
Substitution83
16
RussottoAndrea Russotto
Substitution77
Goal84
11
KarimovRashad Karimov
Substitution73
17
PozziNicola Pozzi
16
AbdulovSamir Abdulov
18
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution60
18
ZargarovSamir Zargarov

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Shakir Karibov (AZE)

Referee

Leontios Trattou (CYP)

Assistant referees

Andreas Papapanayiotou (CYP), Stefanos Hadjinikolas (CYP)

Fourth official

Panicos Andronicou (CYP)

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