Bulgaria demolished Malta 6-0 in Italy’s World Cup qualifying group, taking them to within a point of the Azzurri.
Group B is tightening up with Alexander Tonev bagging a hat-trick in Sofia this evening.
Others on target were Emil Gargorov, Ivelin Popov and Ivan Ivanov.
Bulgaria go up to nine points from five games, whereas Italy still top Group B on 10 points from four matches.
Tonight another game in the group is played, as the Czech Republic go head-to-head with Denmark.
The Azzurri next travel to Malta on Tuesday March 26, kick-off at 19.45 GMT.
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