Thursday September 6 2012
Azzurrini thrash Liechtenstein

The Italy Under-21s defeated Liechtenstein by seven goals to qualify for the play-offs of the European Championship.

Goals from strikers Giuseppe De Luca and Ciro Immobile within the first half hour saw Italy assert their dominance.

Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy poured salt on Liechtenstein’s wounds with a brace completed in between a Federico Viviani strike that came just before the interval.

Jacopo Sala converted a spot-kick after replacing the half Egyptian with 10 minutes left to play. Azzurrini Coach Denis Mangia’s side ran out comfortable winners, keeping a clean sheet in the process.

Italy 7-0 Liechtenstein

Scorers: De Luca 8, 39 (I) Immobile 28 (I) El Shaarawy 44, 54 (I) Viviani 45 (I) Sala pen 80 (I)  

Italy Under-21: Bardi; De Sciglio, Romangoli, Capuano, Frascatore; Florenzi, Viviani, Marrone (Rossi 46), El Shaarawy (Sala 68); Immobile (Longo 58), De Luca

Liechtenstein Under-21: Tichy; Brandle, Sele (Buchel 85), Gur, Flatz (Foser 83); Ospelt, Wolfinger, Duelli, Eberle; Kieber, Heeb (Beck 71)

Gur sent off 35 (L) 

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