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Wednesday November 20 2019
Highlights: Italy 9-1 Armenia

Braces from Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Zaniolo set Italy up for a record 9-1 win against Armenia as they finished Euro 2020 qualifying with a perfect 10.

Roberto Mancini’s men continued to impress at the Renzo Barbera on Monday evening, flying through Group J and straight into the European Championship.

Read the full match report here as Italy made a statement, dividing nine goals between seven players, while ensuring they would be top seeds for the finals.

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Tuesday November 19 2019
This is not your usual Italy

An Italy side that scores nine goals and is hungry for more, this is definitely not the Nazionale Martin Mork is accustomed to, but points to a fascinating future.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy had already qualified for Euro 2020, setting a new standard by breaking Vittorio Pozzo’s record from the 1930s, but they weren’t ready to stop there. Rewind one year and who would have thought this Italy would be the one going into the history books?

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Tuesday November 19 2019
Mancini: 'Teams want to avoid us'

Roberto Mancini believes teams will want to avoid Italy at Euro 2020 after a record-breaking qualification campaign.

Italy made it a perfect 10 last night as they thrashed Armenia 9-1, setting numerous records on the way.

Speaking at a Press conference, Mancini was sorry to hear Abraham Khashmanyan had offered to resign after his country’s embarrassing result but nonetheless praised his own team.

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Monday November 18 2019
Jorginho: 'A Brazilian Italy'

Jorginho admits “there is a little bit of Brazil in this Italy” after their 9-1 victory over Armenia. “We wanted to keep entertaining the crowd.”

The former Napoli star was born and raised in Brazil, but moved to Italy at the age of 15 and has become a key figure in the Nazionale.

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Monday November 18 2019
Meret: 'Pity about the goal'

Alex Meret made his senior Italy debut, but also conceded the only Armenia goal in a 9-1 victory. “It was a really good shot.”

The Azzurri annihilated Armenia in the final Euro 2020 qualifier in Palermo, but just a few minutes after making his debut in place of Salvatore Sirigu, Meret was picking the ball out of his net.

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Monday November 18 2019
Bonucci: 'Enjoyable Azzurri'

Leonardo Bonucci confessed he has “never enjoyed my time with Italy this much” after beating Armenia 9-1, but it won’t count until Euro 2020.

The Azzurri almost equalled their biggest ever victory, having crushed USA 9-0 in an Olympics match in 1948, to maintain their 100 per cent record in Group J.

“Records are fairly meaningless without silverware. If we want to make it count, we have to do it next summer,” Bonucci told Rai Sport.

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Monday November 18 2019
Armenia coach offers to resign

Armenia coach Abraham Khashmanyan has offered “to resign tomorrow” after a 9-1 defeat to Italy, only his second game in charge.

The notoriously fiery tactician was the third coach on the Armenia bench during this Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

He was only appointed a few weeks ago and made his debut in a 1-0 home loss to Greece, but that was no preparation for the humiliation in Palermo.

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Monday November 18 2019
Barella: 'Less pressure on Azzurri'

Nicolò Barella maintains Italy can use their youth and “less pressure” to surprise many more experienced sides at Euro 2020.

The Azzurri completed their qualifying group with a 100 per cent record, beating Armenia 9-1 this evening.

“I am happy for the goal, but above all for my teammates, especially those who made their debuts this evening. We’re a great group and are enjoying ourselves,” the Inter midfielder told Rai Sport.

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Monday November 18 2019
Chiesa: 'Italy enjoy our football'

Federico Chiesa breathed a sigh of relief after finally scoring his first senior Italy goal. “We genuinely enjoy our football and it’s a pleasure to be here.”

The Fiorentina winger hit the woodwork twice during the 9-1 win over Armenia before he broke through with a glancing header.

“I am happy with my first goal for the Nazionale, but above all the performance from the team and the fact we genuinely enjoy our football,” Chiesa told Rai Sport.

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Monday November 18 2019
Italy almost match biggest ever win

The 9-1 victory over Armenia almost equalled the biggest ever win for Italy in a competitive match, after beating USA 9-0 in 1948.

It was a dominant display at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo this evening, concluding their Euro 2020 qualifying group with a perfect record.

They decided to finish it in style with 10 wins out of 10 and, thanks to the 9-1 result, a goal difference of +33.

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