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Saturday October 11 2014
De Sciglio and Zaza knocks

Simone Zaza and Mattia De Sciglio have small injury concerns ahead of Italy’s Euro qualifier in Malta.

The Azzurri beat Azerbaijan 2-1 last night and will fly to Malta for their next match on Monday evening.

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Saturday October 11 2014
Wasteful Azzurri a worry?

Italy went through the motions against Azerbaijan, but Luca Persico wonders whether their wastefulness is a cause for concern?

For six second-half minutes, Italy were genuinely ruffled. Giorgio Chiellini’s unfortunate own goal had given Azerbaijan something to hold on to.

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Saturday October 11 2014
Darmian: 'Deserved victory'

Torino winger Matteo Darmian was pleased with Italy’s success over Azerbaijan and a return to Palermo.

“We did well to react to their equaliser, though we could’ve finished the game off earlier,” he told Sky Sport Italia after a 2-1 result.

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Saturday October 11 2014
Conte slams media response

Antonio Conte praised Sebastian Giovinco, but was irritated by the media’s surprise after Italy’s 2-1 win over Azerbaijan.

“These are games where you face a team that played with almost 10 men man-marking. They took on Bulgaria with a different attitude, which I suppose means they respect us.

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Saturday October 11 2014
Bonucci on Azerbaijan struggle

Leonardo Bonucci explained the difficulties Italy had breaking down Azerbaijan in a 2-1 win.

“When you meet a team like this that sits back in its own half, it is difficult to find a way through,” the Juventus defender told Rai Sport after the Euro 2016 qualifier.

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Friday October 10 2014
Zaza excited to partner Pirlo

Simone Zaza was excited at playing alongside Andrea Pirlo for the first time, but cursed his goal drought.

The Sassuolo striker had two spectacular overhead kicks in the 2-1 win over Azerbaijan, but didn’t find the net.

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Friday October 10 2014
Pirlo on unusual Italy return

Andrea Pirlo found himself acting as a defender with Leonardo Bonucci the forward on his return to Italy duty.

The midfielder had said he was hanging up his Azzurri jersey after the World Cup in Brazil, but changed his mind and started tonight’s 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan.

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Friday October 10 2014
Giovinco: 'Italy needed Conte'

Sebastian Giovinco said Italy “needed a figure like Antonio Conte” and discussed his Juventus future.

Giovinco came off the bench and hit the crossbar in tonight’s 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan, a Euro 2016 qualifier.

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Friday October 10 2014
Immobile: 'Fans were fantastic'

Ciro Immobile thanked the fans in Palermo after Italy’s 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan and looked back on the World Cup debacle.

Giorgio Chiellini scored a brace as well as an own goal in tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier.

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Friday October 10 2014
Chiellini: 'I did everything!'

Giorgio Chiellini joked he “did everything tonight, good and bad” after scoring a brace and an own goal for Azerbaijan.

“It would’ve been a real shame, as we risked compromising a victory that was fully deserved,” he told Rai Sport following Italy’s 2-1 victory.

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