A brace of Milan loanee Tommaso Pobega gave Italy U21 a 2-1 win in Iceland in a Euro 2021 qualifier allowing the Azzurrini to move on top of the table.
The locals had never lost a group stage game at home this season.
Genoa’s Nicolò Rovella and Gianluca Scamacca created the first chance for Italy but the midfielder’s final pass from good position was inaccurate.
Riccardo Sottil came close to scoring from a free kick before Pobega opened the account.
The Milan starlet on loan at Spezia made the most of a defensive mistake of the locals who couldn’t manage to clear the area. The 21-year-old could stop the ball inside Iceland’s box and fire a shot into the near top corner.
Iceland levelled the game in the second half as Marco Carnesecchi missed the ball on an Iceland throw-in from attacking position. Bologna’s Andri Baldursson’s shot on target was steered into an empty goal by Willmy Tor Willumsson.
Pobega restored the Azzurrini’s lead with only two minutes left to be played thanks to a left-foot effort from long range.
Italy will face Luxemburg on Sunday and another win will allow the Azzurrini to move one step closer to qualifying for Euro 2021.