Andrea Belotti scored his first senior Italy goal and admired the “courage” of the comeback to beat Macedonia 3-2.
The Torino striker had opened the scoring in Skopje, while Ciro Immobile’s late brace secured victory in this World Cup qualifier.
“Considering how the game was going, we suffered to the last minute,” Belotti told Rai Sport.
“We were facing a difficult side, as Macedonia put everyone behind the ball and went on the counter. Fortunately we fought back and got three fundamental points.
“I scored my first goal on my first start, so I’m happy, but to be honest I am happier that Italy got the result in this long road to the World Cup.
“We were frightened at one point, but just like against Spain, we showed the great courage of Italy.”