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Wednesday October 16 2019
Imperious Italy fly the flag

Italy's 5-0 win against Liechtenstein last night confirmed the Azzurri had got their pride back, regardless of which colour they wear, writes Vijay Rahaman.

The Azzurri wore green on Saturday... and won. They wore white in Vaduz on Tuesday night... and won. Italy's flag contains the colours of these two plus red, but the 1968 European champions traditionally play in blue as the house of Savoia that ruled on the peninsula from 1846 to 1946 colour was blue.

However, it does not seem to matter what colour the national team dons when they take to the field under Roberto Mancini as their mindset remains the same, and one would sense that the previous rulers would not mind too much, as long as they honour the shirt.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Tonali: 'I'm a Pirlo-Gattuso mix'

Sandro Tonali shook off the emotion of his Italy debut after just 30 seconds and the Brescia midfielder described himself as a mixture of Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso.

The 19-year-old came off the bench in this evening’s 5-0 victory against Liechtenstein.

“I felt wonderful, as not everyone gets to play for the Nazionale. After 30 seconds where I was a little emotional that it was really happening, I settled down,” the Brescia midfielder told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Di Lorenzo: 'I owe it to Ancelotti'

Giovanni Di Lorenzo thanked Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti for giving him the opportunity to make his Italy debut. “He put his faith in me.”

The right-back played all of this evening’s 5-0 Azzurri victory away to Liechtenstein and provided an assist for Andrea Belotti’s second header.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
El Shaarawy: 'Emotional Italy return'

Stephan El Shaarawy confessed to feeling “emotional” after scoring on his first Italy game since the World Cup play-off defeat in 2017.

The Shanghai Shenhua winger came off the bench and found the net in a 5-0 Euro 2020 qualifier against Liechtenstein.

“There was a bit of everything. It was emotional for me, very satisfying to be back on the field in an Italy jersey,” El Shaarawy told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Belotti: 'Liechtenstein lucky for me'

Andrea Belotti admits “Liechtenstein brings me luck,” as five of his total eight Italy goals were against these Euro 2020 opponents.

He had already scored a brace in Vaduz a couple of years ago, then was on target twice in tonight’s 5-0 victory, along with another goal on Italian turf.

“Liechtenstein brings me luck, especially playing here, as I got a brace here last time too,” the Torino striker told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Mancini: 'The record I want...'

Roberto Mancini shrugged off a 5-0 victory in Liechtenstein and the record of Italy wins. “I’d rather match the record of winning two World Cups!”

The Azzurri were already qualified for Euro 2020, but confirmed their 100 per cent record this evening with a 5-0 result in Vaduz.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Historic manita in Liechtenstein

Federico Bernardeschi, Andrea Belotti, Alessio Romagnoli and Stephan El Shaarawy conquered Liechtenstein 5-0, allowing Roberto Mancini to match the all-time Italy record of nine straight wins.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Mancini equals Pozzo record

Roberto Mancini has equalled the all-time record of nine consecutive Italy victories, set by World Cup winner Vittorio Pozzo in 1938-39.

This evening’s Euro 2020 success away to Liechtenstein by 5-0 ensured a 100 per cent record still stands in Group J.

It also proves historic for Mancini, as before this, the only Italy Coach to have won nine on the trot was Pozzo.

This was achieved from May 1938 to March 1939, beating Belgium, Yugoslavia, Norway, France, Brazil, Hungary, Switzerland, France again and Germany.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Liveblog: Liechtenstein v Italy

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier, as Italy aim for the record in Liechtenstein.

It kicks off in Vaduz at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

If you are on a mobile phone or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

The Azzurri have already qualified for Euro 2020 and secured top spot in Group J thanks to a 100 per cent record after seven rounds.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Verratti captains inexperienced Italy

Marco Verratti is captain of the Italy team against Liechtenstein tonight, as the starting XI has a total of 131 caps between them.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off in Vaduz at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

There are 10 changes from the XI that beat Greece 2-0 on Saturday, as only Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Verratti remains.

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